Located in Higashi Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Shirahige shrine is said to have originated more than 1,000 years ago as a shrine enshrined as a branch spirit of Omi’s oldest Shirahige Shrine on the shore of Lake Biwa.

It enshrines Jurojin, one of the seven gods of good fortune of the Sumida River. Sarutahiko, the deity of the shrine, is enshrined at the shrine.

The deity is believed to prolong life and longevity, bring good fortune and good luck, bring good luck in marriage, foster children, ensure traffic safety, and ward off bad luck.

During Hatsumode (New Year’s visit to the shrine), the New Year’s Opening Ceremony, First Prayer, and New Year’s Day Festival are held, and the shrine is crowded with people who pay homage to the seven gods of good fortune along the Sumidagawa River.

About 50,000 worshippers are said to visit the shrine.

The nearest station is Higashimukojima Station on the Tobu Line, about a 7-minute walk away. No parking is available, so it is recommended to use public transportation or pay parking in the neighborhood.

Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via tokyo-park.net archive

Park Name Shirahige Shrine
Park Address 3-5-2 Higashimukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Access (by train)
  • Tobu Skytree Line Higashimukojima Station about 0.7 km
  • Tsukuba Express/Joban Line Minami-Senju Station about 1.9 km

Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via tokyo-park.net archive

Tokyo Trip Checklist

  • If you’re traveling on the bullet train see our guide on how to reserve and buy Shinkansen tickets online.
  • The Much-loved Japan Rail Pass Surged in Price by a massive 70% in October.
  • We recommend a 1,2 or 3-day Tokyo Unlimited Subway Pass to get around Tokyo cheaply and easily.
  • If you plan on visiting Mt Fuji check out our list of the best Mt Fuji group or private tours from Tokyo
  • You’ll need a prepaid sim or Portable WIFI to stay connected in Japan
  • To ensure you have all the important things covered see our Tokyo travel guide.
  • For more hotel booking help check out the following popular articles:
  • Where To Stay Near Tokyo Station: 10 Best Hotels Close To Tokyo Station
  • 8 Top Luxury Hotels In Tokyo
  • 11 Best Ryokans in Tokyo
  • 13 Best Hotels Near Shibuya Crossing: Where To Stay Near Shibuya Scramble

Similar Posts