The Baseball Shrine – Yakyu Inari Shrine is located in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, just 1 hour and 10 minutes from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo line. It is one of many shrines to the God Inari. However, what makes it special is that its Chinese characters (“Yakyu” 箭弓) are pronounced the same as the Japanese for baseball (野球). It has thus come to be known as the baseball shrine.
Photos from the official website:
Lots of baseball fans visit the shrine to pick up a baseball shaped amulet or write on a baseball prayer plaque (Ema 絵馬） to bring good favour to their own skills or to a baseball team they support. Even famous baseball players visit the shrine to pray for a good season. Another reason Japanese tourists visit Yakyu Shrine is to see the pine trees and in the spring to see the peony, azalia and wisteria that bloom around mid April. You can read more about the shrine and flowers in English in this tourist leaflet from Higashimatsuyama city: http://www.higashimatsuyama-kanko.com/SP_EN.pdf
Baseball Shrine in photos
Access and general information below this gallery.
Yakyu Inari Baseball shrine INFORMATION
Open all year round.
URL: (Japanese only) http://www.yakyu-inari.jp/index.html
ACCESS: 5 minute walk from the west exit of Higashimatsuyama. Parking for 50 cars.
On Google maps:
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