Chiyoho Inari Shrine (Chiyoho Inari Jinja / Ochobo-san)3.9
Chiyoho Inari-jinja Shrine, located in Kaizu City, Gifu Prefecture, is one of three major Inari shrines in Japan along with Fushimi Inari in Kyoto Prefecture and Toyokawa Inari in Aichi Prefecture. Being nicknamed "Ochobo-san (chobo is shortened version of Chiyoho)", this shrine has been worshiped by people who wish good luck for business prosperity and safety of their families. Worshippers purchase sake rice wine, candles and O-age (fried tofu, thought to be the fox's favorite food) at a shop near the entrance of the shrine and and make offerings to the Inari deities, which are associated with foxes. After visiting the shrine, you can also enjoy eating and shopping in the bustling Monzen-cho (town in front of a shrine/temple). Their local specialties, savory freshwater fish cuisine including grilled catfish and eels, are highly recommended. As many as two million people visit the shrine in a year and it is especially crowded during the new year holidays and monthly festivals.
PurposeFestivals,Traditional folk,shrine/temple,sightseeing,shopping,an eating tour
Airport/Sta.Chubu Centrair International Airport (about 47.6km) Google Transit
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4.0a month ago
I like this shrine and the shopping road in front of the shrine. You can buy many cheap and delicious fruits and vegetables! You should definitely check it out!
5.0a year ago
the temple is small but beautiful! it has several typical festival stores and the most famous dish here is that of unagio fish, it is smooth, juicy, delicious and has no thorns.
4.02 months ago
Every year i go there after new year and eat katsu
5.0a year ago
Loved the place. Loved the food. Highly recommended.
5.0a year ago
Charming country shrine in Kaizu with colorful and varied marketplace alongside it. Chiyobo Inari, called “Ochobosan” by locals, is a shrine devoted to the fox god Inari, deity of good harvests and perhaps bounty/business in general. You can make offerings of fried tofu tied with straw at the main shrine (this is said to be the god’s favorite food), or there is a case to light votive candles. There are also fortunes in Japanese.
The expansive, often bustling marketplace has lots of restaurants, foodstuffs, talismans, souvenirs, and clothing items for sale. I recommend buying tsukemono— traditional pickles— with as few additives as possible (the turmeric-dyed yellow pickled whole daikon radishes are awesome), dried shiitake mushrooms, and fugashi (old-fashioned wheat gluten candy). Like many tourist spots in these parts, there is a Mamekichi shop with bean and nut-based snacks, which are reliably stylish, colorful, and delicious.
This is easiest to access by car, but you will likely have to pay to park close. Cycling from Ogaki is also possible, but it’s a long way.