History of Shusse Inari Shrine

The history of the shrine can be traced back to the 12th century.

 Shusse Inari Shrine was respected by the feudal lords of Matsue, as well as the area’s local people, from the 12th century onwards.

 Originally, our shrine was located on Mt Kameda, where Matsue Castle stands today. This mountain used to be also called Mt Suetsugu.

 According to the oldest records we have, villagers worshipped at the shrine on Mt Kameda as early as the Kamakura Period (1185-1333). Rokuro Tsuchiya, who ruled the area as estate steward of Suetsugu Castle after or around that time, had great faith in the Kami. Further, the lords of the castle, such as Goro-Kiyomasa Suetsugu, also had great faith as well. 

 In 1611, at the beginning of the Edo Period, Yoshiharu Horio re-built the castle on Mt Kameda and changed its name to Matsue Castle. He had experienced great success in his career and become a Daimyo (feudal lord), serving Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa. He also had great faith, as did each subsequent lord including Tadataka Kyogoku and Naomasa Matsudaira (grandson of Ieyasu Tokugawa, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate).

 When Horio built Matsue Castle, he moved the shrine to land near the mountain where a new building was constructed. The successive lords of the castle paid respects to the shrine and used their feudal clan budget to support it. We believe Harusato “Fumai-Ko” Matsudaira, the famous lord and master of Japanese tea ceremony, also paid respects.

 In 1888 (Meiji 21), our shrine was moved to where it stands now due to the abolition of the feudal ‘han system’ that followed the end of the Edo Period.

After this, Shusse Inari Jinja was the 1st or 2nd largest shrine in Matsue City, but unfortunately all the buildings were lost in a conflagration in 1949 (Showa 24). At this time, Japan was still struggling to recover from WWII, so a temporary shrine building was constructed due to lack of materials. At almost the same time, Matsue City needed part of the shrine precincts, reducing them in size.

 During the Heisei Period (1989- ), the shrine buildings and precincts were re-arranged. In 1998, construction of a new haiden (worship hall) was completed.

 Today, Shusse Inari Shrine is considered one of the “big three” Inari shrines of Matsue, the other two being Komori Inari in Ishibashi-cho and Funadama Inari in Higashihonmachi.

 In 2017, Shusse Inari Shrine in Matsue opened a branch in the US: Shusse Inari Shrine of America, located in Los Angeles.  Shusse Inari Shrine of America is run by a senior priest from the Shusse Inari Shrine of Matsue who holds a priest certification from Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines).









 また、以前はこの地に「八百屋畠」があったことから、 「八百屋畠のお稲荷さん」という愛称も持っていました。




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