Foxed In The Head: Cycling To All Inari Shrines In Tokyo’s 23 Wards – #14 Taito

#14. Taito

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 (12:56)

1. Inari Shrine @ 2-4 Ikenohata (13.33)


2. Inari Shrine @ 1-4-1 Hanakawado (14.12)


3. Inari Shrine @ 2-13-6 Minowa (14.36)


Date: Sunday 11th October 2020

Weather: Wet and cloudy 

Area: 10.11 km²

Distance: 14.63 km

Time: 2.01 hrs

Calories Burned: 853

Top: Leicester City 1983-1985 home shirt

Fox Rating: 9/10

Notes: Only three shrines but they were the smaller variations which I prefer and all of them possessed foxes. The second was fairly unique too as it was on top of Matsuya Building in Asakusa with some great views of Tokyo Skytree and the golden turd! Tokyo Skytree can be seen in the distance of the third shrine if you look closer at the first photo. 

Nearby Sights: School dinner restaurant, Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens, Zenshoan, Tennō-ji Temple, Ueno Zoo, Ueno Park, Amuse Museum, Ichiyo Memorial Museum, Calligraphy Museum, Shitamachi Museum. 

Click on the following links for other posts from the ‘Foxed In The Head’ Series…

#1. Itabashi     #2. Toshima   #3. Kita   #4. Katsushika   #5. Shinagawa   #6. Kōtō   #7. Shibuya     #8. Nerima     #9. Meguro     #10. Bunkyo     #11. Sumida     #12. Nakano   #13. Edogawa

Click here to read `TF Top 10……Smallest Inari Shrines In Tokyo (Part 1)

Click here to read ‘TF Top 10……Tokyo Themed Cycling Rides’

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A Leicester City fan teaching English in Japan
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