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14-Maruyama Inari Shrine 丸山稲荷社

Enshrined kami:
Ukano-mitamano-kami
Main Annual Rite:
9th April

The Maruyama Inari Shrine had been located in the place where the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu main shrine stands today, and worshipped by local residents. It was moved when the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu was built in 1191, and moved to the current location in the Meiji Period.

Besides the annual ritual, they held rites known as Hatsuuma-sai and Hitaki-sai which were accompanied by local religious dances. The Inari shrine kami is associated with success in business, and a good harvest. The two foxes in front of the shrine are the messengers of the Inari shrine kami.

The shrine building dates from the Muromachi period (1336 to 1573), and is designated as a nationally important cultural property. This is the oldest building within the shrine precincts, and although very simple it is a very important survival from the Muromachi period.

 

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