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Okunitama-jinja Shrine

A shrine that boats over 1900 years of history and the guardian dieties of the Musashi Province.

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Shrines

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. Among those, the shrine blessing love and marriage is especially well-known.
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 Keyaki Namiki, this is designated as a national natural monument in Japan.
Taking place mainly on May 5, the Kurayami (Darkness) 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.

Highlights

  • 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 guests can find mikoshi floats and large sized taiko drums, can be viewed on the weekends only. (200yen)

Photos

  • The large torii gate at Okunitama-jinja Shrine. 
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  • View of the worship hall from the Chujakumon Gate
  • Vermillion-lacquered Chujakumon.
  • Front of the worship hall.
  • Miyanome-jinja Shrine
  • "Hishaku" purification ladies with holes in them, set out as prayer offerings.
  • An "ema" (wooden wishing block) prayer for easy childbirth
  • Miyanome-jinja Shrine
  • Toshogu
  • Zuishinmon (Worship Hall Side)
  • Sumiyoshi-jinja/Ootori Jinja
  • The sacred, large gingko tree.
  • Zuishinmon (large torii gate side).
  • Temizu-ya (hand purifying pavilion) with ornate decoration.
  • The Treasure House.
  • Guardian dog stature with its child (rare).
  • Mikoshi stored inside the Treasure House.
  • Large taiko drum stored in the Treasure House.

Reviews

  • 吳建偉

    順著種植的巨大樹木的參道前進,會經過隋神門(防止邪惡力量侵入的門)。
    在參拜前,請先在前面的手水舎將手清洗乾淨吧!

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Details

Name in Japanese
大國魂神社
Postal Code
183-0023
Address
3-1 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo
Telephone
042-362-2130
Admission
Free (to view the treasure house: 200yen/adult and 100yen/students)
Closed
Open All Year
Open Hours
[April 1st - Sept. 14th] 6:00am-6:00pm
[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
Access
(1) 5 min. walk from Fuchu Station on the Keio Line
(2) 5 min. walk from Fuchu-hommachi Station on the JR Musashino & Nambu Lines.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)