Translated by Collin Radford
Get Your Good-Luck Sand At Anamori Inari Shrine, Haneda
The Anamori Inari Shrine is found only 2 kilometers away from the Haneda Airport. It has a trail of red torii similar to that of Kyoto's Fukumi Inari Shrine. The sand found in the Okunomiya will bring you luck. If you find yourself in Tokyo, pick some up
Written by Mitsuhisa Kanoo
In Ōta, Tokyo, about 2 kilometers away from the international terminal of Haneda Airport is Anamori Inari Shrine 穴守稲荷神社.
It is said that if you visit here, you will be blessed with good fortune in money matters and safety during travel. It has red torii gates placed one after another like those seen at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. Once you've passed through the torii you will find the "Oku no miya" (the inner shrine), where you can acquire "o-suna". O-suna refers to sand, and this sand is thought to bring fortune in business to those who sprinkle it in their homes. If you come here, you will definitely want to get your hands on some after you've prayed for safety on your journey.
The nearest station is the Anamori Inari Shrine Station of the Keihin Kyūkō Line. You can get there in 3 minutes from the Haneda Airport International Terminal. If you're coming from the Tokyo Station, you will have to transfer trains in Shinagawa, and it will take a total of 30 minutes.
The "Kitsune" - Messenger Of The Gods And Idol Of The Town
Once you exit the Anamori Inari Station, you will come face to face with a stone kitsune ("fox"). This fox is lovingly called "Kon-chan", and its cute expression leaps out at you. In Japan, kitsune are said to be messengers of the gods. Make sure you greet Kon-chan before entering the Anamori Inari Shrine.
After a 5 minute walk from the station, you will reach Anamori Inari Shrine. Here two more kitsune sit to greet visitors to the shrine. To the left of the haiden (the hall of worship), is a large and imposing father kitsune figure. His sharp, fixed gaze is, frankly, cool to look at.
On the right side is the mother kitsune. A baby fox pokes its face out from around her feet. Her face is severe and her mouth open, but you can feel the love of a mother protecting her child.
You Can Choose Your Blessing? Search Out A Shrine That Suits Your Needs!
Anamori Inari Shrine, built in 1818, was once on the actual property of Haneda Airport. It was moved in 1945, but there is no change in the fact that it is a shrine that protects the city of Haneda. You can feel the protective gaze of the kitsune when you come to pay your respects. Whether it's business success, well-being for your family or safe travel, you can pray for your needs here.
On the grounds are countless little oyashiro, which are smaller shrines of worship. Pictured here is "Hisshō Inari." This is a great place to pray for those who have things that they must succeed in, such as exams or tournaments.
This is "Shussei Inari
At Last! Through The Red Torii, To Where You'll Find The Enchanted Sand
The red torii stand out when you look over the grounds. They seem to draw you in, almost as if toward another world - and you find yourself at the Okunomiya.
Here you will find the o-suna, the sand that blesses one with good fortune and grants prayers. Envelopes and tools are prepared, so all you need to do is collect some - the amount should be within reason.
The place and method of spreading the sand varies depending on your prayer. For the well-being of your family or success in business, spread it at the entrance of your home; for those hoping to recover from an illness, under your floor (e.g. your cellar); for warding off bad luck, in the direction of the source. For newer buildings and those that have been extended or restructured, it is best to sprinkle it toward the center of the property.
This magical sand can also be found in the form of charms in the shamusho (an office-like area found in shrines). This is a great option for those who want to take their sand with them everywhere.
Meet the kitsune, and have your prayers heard at the Anamori Inari Shrine. And for extra luck, get a hold of some of its magical sand.
Take a trip to this wonderful shrine, which is right next to the Haneda Airport.
Anamori Inari Shrine
Address: Tokyo, Ōta-ku, Haneda 5-2-7
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Station: Anamori Inari Station (穴守稲荷駅) of the Keihin Kyūkō Line
Access: 5 minutes on foot from the Anamori Inari Station
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Phone Number: +81-3-3741-0809
Official Website: Anamori Inari Shrine