Ikoinarido

A mystical shrine that quietly nestles in the city center.

Shrine

Ikoinarido is located on the south side of Ikosanhomyoji. One reaches the main hall of the shrine after walking through several Torii-gates.
Because it is an Inari shrine that enshrines foxes, the fox’s favorite food, fried tofu, is offered during worship.
Ikoinarido originates from around 800 AD, when Jikaku-Daishi spotted a ray of light in the forest of Zoshigaya whilst on pilgrimage here. When he went to the site, a beautiful figure of “Inari-Okami” appeared, which he named “Iko (majestic)-Inari-Daimyojin” because of its powerful glow, and built a temple to enshrine the being.

Highlights

  • Fried tofu and candles for offerings are sold at the shrine office.
  • A mystical atmosphere is created by the number of red Torii-gates.
  • Because it is adjacent to Homyoji temple, paying a visit here at the same time is recommended.

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  • Ikoinarido

    Ikoinarido

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Details

Name in Japanese
威光稲荷堂(開運威光稲荷尊天)
Postal Code
171-0032
Address
3-18-25 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Tel
03-3983-2356
Closed
No holidays
Hours
Open all day
Admission
Free
Access
About 10 minutes on foot from JR Yamanote Line and JR Saikyo Line Ikebukuro Station East Exit