Oji Inari-Jinja Shrine Fox Parade

New Year's parade based on a legend

Late Dec
Early Jan
Venue: Shozoku Inari-jinja Shrine When: Late Dec - Early Jan 2021
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

Oji Shrine, located 5 minutes' walk from Oji Station, is one of the most important shrines of Tokyo, and is known for its New Year's parade based on an old legend.

According to this folk tale, a group of foxes from the Kanto region gathered under a large tree, dressed as humans and tried to gain access to Oji Inari-Jinja, the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deity of foxes. The well-known tale has been painted by famous ukiyo-e master Utagawa Hiroshige, which helped originally inspired this fox parade that has taken place every New Year's Eve since 1993.

Participants parade the streets around Oji Inari-Jinja, wearing fox masks and holding lanterns.

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Elena Lisina a year ago
Interesting! But cold and dark time of a year! :)
Kim B a year ago
What a unique way to ring in the new year!