Home of the Fox, Toyokawa Inari
By Staci-Anne. Posted on December 24, 2014
Toyokawa is a small town located 60 km south of Nagoya. It is the home of the majestic Toyokawa Inari, which has an intriguing history, and is the home of Inari sushi.
Toyokawa Inari is the alias of a fox-riding god, Toyokawa Dakinishinten, known as the Genius of Myogon Temple.
The temple is distinctive for two reasons. One is the thousands of red banners that adorn the grounds and signify the health, wealth, and safety of petitioners. The other is the multitude of fox statues that seem to be on guard. Most of them are stone, and all these fox statues have different expressions. They can be seen everywhere inside the temple and its surroundings. Each fox is carefully carved in different shapes, sizes, and postures. It's an eerie yet peaceful feeling. This uncrowded temple offers visitors a chance to really absorb the beauty of the Shinto and Buddhist structures that the temple was constructed with.
Just outside the temple, visitors can wander the streets and small stores which sell almost everything from Dharma dolls to wallets to interesting knickknacks for your home. They have an array of souvenirs that are extremely unique.
If you are hungry, there's plenty to eat! Small mom-and-pop shops offer all kinds of Inari sushi, so try something new. Don’t worry if Inari sushi isn't your thing. There are other restaurants that have other Japanese delicacies.
Staci-AnneStaci-Anne Ali has been living in Nagoya for about 10 years. She is a university lecturer and has worked in a few universities in and around Aichi. She spends her time traveling around Japan, taking in the sights and looking for something new. She is a food enthusiast and enjoys trying new restaurants and unique food.
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