fbpx
Culture, Nature,

Toyokawa Inari Betsuin Temple – A temple visited by popular Japanese idols and stars

“Toyokawa Inari Betsuin Temple” is a temple in Tokyo’s Akasaka district. It is known for its unique atmosphere, with numerous fox statues everywhere on the grounds, and the large number of entertainers visiting. So why do about 5 million people visit Toyokawa Inari Betsuin every year? Let’s find out!

Toyokawa

The North gate of the Toyokawa Inari Betsuin Temple looks just like any other temple ー but wait until you go inside!

Why are there so many foxes?

Toyokawa Inari Betsuin Temple was established in 1828 as a branch temple of Toyokawa Inari Myogonji Temple in Aichi Prefecture. In Japan, many people associate the word “inari” (representing a deity with a fox) with a shrine, but this is a temple.

The name of the guardian deity enshrined at this temple is “Toyokawa Dakini-Shinten”, a goddess riding on a white fox while carrying rice-ears. When you visit the temple take a look around. You will see stone statues of foxes everywhere!

Foxes gazing at you.

The “Kodaki Kitsune” statue (fox carrying a little fox) is especially famous. So cute!

Next to the temple grounds, you’ll find a small shop selling “inarizushi“. These treats are extremely popular. By the way, inarizushi is said to be a favorite snack of foxes.

inari-zushi

Inarizushi are sweet tofu pockets filled with rice.

Why is this temple so popular among entertainers?

Many people pray for a successful business at this temple. Since the nearby Akasaka district has been an entertainment area for a long time, many people related to the entertainment business would visit the temple. Including the members of the most famous entertainment agency in Japan, called Johnny & Associates. Therefore, the temple became a sacred place for fans, too.

Lots of red lanterns!

Take a look at the red lanterns hanging at the building where you can get amulets and fortune papers (omikuji). you will see the names of the stars written on them. This means that they have presented the lantern to the temple with gratitude for achieving their dreams, etc.

I wanted to know my own destiny, so I bought an omikuji that was for women only.

Omikuji

I got “daikichi” (big luck) which is the best result. YES!!

Power spots


In recent years, visiting “power spots” has become a popular activity in Japan. A “power spot” is the Japanese “English term” for a spiritual place or a place that has a positive effect on people visiting.

Toyokawa

Incense

Toyokawa Inari Betsuin Temple has not one, but several power spots. Such as for artistic luck, ending bad relations, matchmaking, luck for relationships, money luck, work luck, childbirth, and parenting. There are also statues of the “Seven Lucky Gods”.
(Click here for more information about the Seven Lucky Gods)

This is one of the seven deities of good fortune. He stands for general good luck, child-rearing, money luck, and longevity ー everything you need, right?

Toyokawa Inari Betsuin Temple has been loved by people for a long time. And it is also a very unique temple. The power spots, the Seven Lucky Gods, and the fox statue ー everything is co-existing in harmony in the same place. It’s a temple where you can feel the diversity of religious beliefs in Japan.


Toyokawa Inari Betsuin Temple

http://www.toyokawainari-tokyo.jp/english/
1-4-7 Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/tFoUcfdemKgbz8rbA
Nearest station: Akasaka Mitsuke Station, Nagatacho Station, Aoyama-itchome Station, etc.


Please note that the facilities introduced in this article may not be open due to measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please do not go out during the state of emergency. However, we hope this article can function as an inspiration for your future travel plans.

0no comment
       

writer

I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

Leave a Reply

CAPTCHA