Ukishima Inari Shrine is a little shrine you pass on the walking route from Miyoshino Shrine and Kitain Temple. It is not particularly well known or adorned, but it has some beautiful gingko (maidenhair) trees. It also has a (small) play area. Kawagoe Kita-in Temple’s autumn leaves are the most famous in Kawagoe, but if you would like to see some golden leaves too here at Ukishima Inari Shrine, Miyoshino Shrine, Shusse inari Shrine and Hachimangu are some of the places you can witness the vibrant yellow colors.

Ukishima Inari Shrine, Kawagoe

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The grounds of the shrine have a beautiful water feature and old stone bridge, which unfortunately have been blemished with a vulgar white fence.

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The playground is small, but has enough to give kids a quick break from touring Kawagoe. There are swings, a slide, a spring ride and a sand pit.

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On our most recent visit the kids actually preferred crunching the stunning bright yellow leaves of the resplendent Gingko Trees. A beautiful natural golden carpet as you will.

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Ukishima Inari Shrine Access

Ukishima Inari Shrine is down a small side street, but what makes it worth noting is its location between two key areas in Kawagoe. The shrine is located on the walking route from Honmaru Goten and Miyoshino Shrine to Naritasan Temple and Kitain.  The latter, Kitain, is particularly stunning in Autumn in the gardens of the house where the room Iemitsu was born was relocated too from Edo castle.

There is parking for one or two cars, but can only be used for a short period of time.

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For more information about things to do and see in Kawagoe, please see the Kawagoe Guide.

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