Close to the northern exit of Shinbanba Station is Shinagawa Shrine, built in 1187 as a part-time residence to the god Amanohiranomenomikoto. It is also one of the Tokyo-jissha (ten shrines of Tokyo), designated by Emperor Meiji as a place of worship to pray for the nation’s prosperity. Thus, it is a part of several different types of pilgrimages. While containing many of the usual sights at a typical Japanese shrine, there is also a smaller Ana Inari Shrine to wash your money for good luck, which, according to an elderly woman I met there, one usually has to go to Kamakura to do.
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