Inuyama-City Sanko Inari Shrine
A series of red torii gates leave a strong impression at this shrine, also famous as a shortcut to National Treasure Inuyama Castle.
Located at the base of Inuyama Castle, Sanko Inari Shrine has a long, rich history. Sanko Inari Shrine’s name was originally “Sankojisan,” and was a highly respected shrine by both local and distant practitioners alike.
Every year on July 22, there is a traditional festival custom where families visit the shrine after dark carrying small red paper “chochin” lanterns hanging from branches of bamboo. On that day, large Makiwara boats decorated with large numbers of paper lanterns in a dome shape float down the Kiso River accompanied by traditional music. The reflection of the swaying lanterns on the surface of the water is especially enchanting and remains a beloved summer tradition in Aichi.