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A shrine that boats over 1900 years of history and the guardian dieties of the Musashi Province.
Okunitama Shrine, with a history stretching back about 1900 years, is where Okunitama-no-Okami, the deity protecting the Musashino area, is enshrined. Musashino was a vast area including modern-day Tokyo City, Saitama, and parts of Kanagawa. Inside the shrine grounds are several smaller shrines, each one granting its own blessing. It's said to offer various blessings, particularly those for warding off evil and matchmaking.
Behind the main shrine is a sacred gingko tree dating back over 1,000 years. It is said to be the power spot with the greatest impact inside Okunitama Shrine!
Stretching the entire length of about 500 meters from Keio Fuchu Station, the shrine approach is lined with about 120 Japanese Zelkova trees. Called Babadaimon no Keyaki Namiki, this is designated as a national natural monument in Japan.
Taking place mainly on May 5, the Kurayami Matsuri is a festival featuring floats and large Taiko drums. Many people gather for the lively highlight, a parade of floats being pulled throughout town.
Many visit Miyanomejinja, a smaller shrine on the grounds of Okunitama-jinja Shrine to make a prayer offering for easy childbirth, using the small, bottomless "hishaku" ladles, or with a wooden "ema" plaque painted with the image of a horse and her foal.
The diety of Minanome Jinja, "Amenouzume no Mikoto" is believed to be the goddess of the arts.
Lively festivals held across all four seasons, including the Kurayami Festival, Plum Festival, Chestnut Festival and Tori no Ichi Festival.
The Treasure House, where the portable shrine and large drum are stored, can only be visited on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and shrine festival days. (Admission fee is 200 yen)
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo
- Free (to view the treasure house: 200yen/adult and 100yen/students)
- Open All Year
- Open Hours
[April 1st - Sept. 14th] 6:00am-5:00pm
[Sept. 15th - March 31st] 6:30am- 5:00pm
※times may be subject to change
Hours for the Treasure House:
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays and Shrine Festival Days: 10:00am-4:00pm
(1) 5 min. walk from Fuchu Station on the Keio Line
(2) 5 min. walk from Fuchuhommachi Station on the JR Musashino & Nambu Lines.
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)