If you’re passing by Ota City during your trip to Japan, be sure not to miss the Kamata Hachiman-jinja Shrine.
Originally founded in 1600, the Kamata Hachiman-jinja Shrine is dedicated to Inari which is the Japanese god of foxes. Even though the shrines were partially burnt in 1945, they were rebuilt a few years later in the same magnificent architectural style as the 17th century original.
In Japanese culture most shrines have Miko which translates to Shrine Maidens. Usually, the shrine maidens are girls wearing red hakama(long divided trousers) with a white haori (kimono jacket), the color white symbolizes purity. In the Kamata Hachiman-jinja Shrine, however, the shrine maidens have a bit more fur and fluff than usual. Two adorable white poodles wearing small haori are here to greet visitors in these shrines. These poodles are really friendly and always appreciate a little cuddle before, during or after your visit.
The Kamata Hachiman-jinja Shrines are not overly crowded throughout the year and even during peak seasons in fall and spring, these shrines are not overly crowded. The area becomes quite beautiful during Japan’s most famous season because of the astonishing cherry blossoms. Though the main spots in Tokyo are always packed during this season, Kamata Hachiman-jinja Shrine is a great option to avoid the large crowds and experience true Japanese culture.