Takekoma Inari Shrine

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Takekoma Inari Shrine

Takekoma Inari Shrine (竹駒稲荷神社?) is the second-oldest shrine to the kami Inari in Japan.[1] It is located in Iwanuma in Miyagi Prefecture.

It was established in the ninth century, reputedly by Ono no Takamura.[2]

Takekoma Inari annually celebrates a festival day. Inari's traditional festival day is the first horse day (the sixth day) of the second month of the lunisolar calendar; in recent years, the shrine has celebrated the event on a Sunday in February or early March. This festival is estimated to draw a quarter-million attendees.[3] The shrine is also home to a horsemanship museum.


  1. ^ Smyers, Karen Ann. The Fox and the Jewel: Shared and Private Meanings in Contemporary Japanese Inari Worship. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999. 17-18. ISBN 0-8248-2102-5
  2. ^ "Shrines/Temples: Takekoma Jinja". Miyagi Tourist. 2001. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 
  3. ^ "Traditional Events". Miyagi Prefectural Government website. 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 


Coordinates: 38°6′18″N 140°51′44.4″E / 38.10500°N 140.862333°E / 38.10500; 140.862333