Toyokawa Inari Temple, Akasaka

Buddhist temple with a Shinto flair

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

At the onset of the Meiji Restoration (1867) , when Japan had finally opened her doors to the West hoping to modernize, the government ruled that all temples and shrines that had previously shared the same space, should now be separated. Toyokawa Inari Temple is a perfect example of how that proclamation was resisted. Although this is a temple, there are remnants of shine influences everywhere you look. Statures of sacred foxes (which can be found in abundance at shrines all over Japan) dominate the grounds, and here and there, there are also shrine torii (Shinto gates) that you will see. Its head temple is located in Aichi Prefecture. These photos were taken in mid-March. Follow these links to the other photo stories in the series.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: