Sasuke Inari Shrine

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Torii at Sasuke Inari.
  • Founded: 1190
  • Japanese: 佐助稲荷神社 (Sasuke Inari jinja)

Sasuke Inari is a Shinto shrine in Kamakura dedicated to Inari, kami of rice.

It is said that when Minamoto no Yoritomo was in Izu, the god of rice appeared to him in a dream, telling him "the time to destroy the Heike is now!", and that he couldn't lose. Yoritomo began raising an army on 1180/8/17, and five years later had decisively defeated the Heike. As a means of showing his gratitude, in 1190, Yoritomo ordered Hatakeyama Shigetada to establish a shrine on this site.

The shrine is known for its long lanes of numerous vermillion torii.


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