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 (10:07)
1. Misaki Inari Shrine @ 2-9-12 Misakicho (10.44)
2. Chiyoda Inari Shrine @ 5-6 Kojimachi (11.07)
3. Yuraku Inari Shrine @ 1-7 Yurakucho (12.07)
4. Toyokawa Inari Shrine @ 2 Kanda Nishikicho (12.21)
5. Kotoku Inari Shrine @ 2-1-4 Kanda Ogawamachi (12.26)
6. Hanabusa Inari Shrine @ 4-4-5 Sotokanda (12.37)
Date: Friday 16th October 2020
Area: 11.66 km2
Distance: 35.41 km
Time: 2.49 hrs
Calories Burned: 1046
Top: Blue Izzet 6 t-shirt
Fox Rating: 7/10
Notes: Only half a dozen Inari Shrines here but they were dotted out a fair bit with the second one particularly isolated. I’d already visited a couple of them prior to this cycle ride. The third one is located right outside a British bar and this trip came to a climax at Tokyo’s most hidden shrine which featured in an ‘On The Fox Trail…’ special post a couple of years ago.
Nearby Sights: Shin Godzilla Statue, Chidorigafuchi, Tokyo Station, Akihabara, Yasukuni Shrine, Imperial Palace, Kanda Myojin Shrine, Hie Shrine, National Diet Building, Nippon Budokan, Tokyo International Forum, Nikolai Cathedral.
Click on the following links for other posts from the ‘Foxed In The Head’ Series…
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’