Cycling may be something that I love to do but I’m not really one who goes for a ride without some kind of aim whether it be to a restaurant, a sight or just my workplace. With that in mind, and desperate to get out on my new bike, I decided to cycle round ALL the Inari Shrines in Tokyo taking each of the 23 wards one at a time.
Inspired by recent interest in tiny shrines, this idea seemed like a good way of hunting them down in a slightly more orderly fashion. This really is not so much about the actual Inari Shrines but just getting out on my bike and having a means to an end. Please note that there are many more Inari Shrines (as well as other shrines) than what’s listed below but these were all the ones registered on Google Maps. The times in brackets next to the name of the shrines note the (approximate) time of day I was at each place.
Starting Point: Tokyo Fox Global Operations Centre, Itabashi-ku (10:14)
1. Inari Shrine @ 3-15-6 Egota (10:38)
2. Inari Shrine @ 1-11 Higashinakano (10:59)
3. Shiratama Inari Shrine @ 2-8-24 Naka (11:04)
4. Meitoku Inari Shrine @ 2-52-1 Naka (11:09)
5. Shiratama Inari Shrine @ 3-23-14 Naka (11:11)
6. Gofuku Inari Shrine @ 6-20-14 Honcho (11:18)
7. Fujigami Inari Shrine @ 2-19-1 Yayoicho (11:26)
8. Inari Shrine @ 3-24-14 Yayoicho (11:32)
Date: Monday 3rd August 2020
Weather: Hot & humid
Area: 15.59 km²
Distance: 22:14 km
Time: 1.39 hrs
Calories Burned: 685
Top: Leicester City 2011-2012 home shirt
Notes: The third shrine is one I see every week when I cycle past it en-route to one of my schools so I thought I might as well do this trail before work. It was a fairly straightforward ride although I did my best to make it not so! I completely missed the first stop and had to backtrack a bit. Overall this tour was pretty average but there were a couple of great little shrines, and foxes were present in some form at all eight of them.
Fox Rating: 7/10
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