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Our history can be traced back to the 12th century

Shusse Inari Shrine has been respected by the feudal lords of Matsue, as well as the area’s local people, since the 12th century.

Originally, our shrine was located at Kameda-yama mountain, where Matsue Castle stands today. This mountain used to be called Suetsugu-yama.

According to the oldest records we currently have, villagers already had faith with our shrine on Kameda-yama as early as the Kamakura period (1185–1333). Rokuro Tsuchiya, who ruled the area as the estate steward of Suetsugu after or around that time, had great faith as well. Further, the lords of the castle (then called Suetsugu Castle), such as  Goro-Kiyomasa Suetsugu, also had great faith with us.

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

When Horio built Matsue Castle, he moved our shrine to land near the mountain where a new shrine building was constructed. Each successive lord of Matsue Castle also paid respects to our 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 moved to where it stands now due to the abolition of the 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 buildings were lost with 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 property, reducing it 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 of Shusse Inari Shrine of Matsue with a priest certification from the Jinja Honcho (Association of Shinto Shrines).

Our enshrined deities

The main deity enshrined here is 宇迦之御魂神 (Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami), who is the deity of productivity, business, food, and harvests, and whose workings give us life as human beings. It is through this kami’s divine virtue as the root of life that we can enjoy the blessings of nature.

Also enshrined here are 誉田別命 (Homudawake-no-Mikoto), to whom Samurai paid respect, 大床主神 (Otokonushi-no-kami) for recovery from illness, 武みかづちの神 (Takemikaduchi-no-kami) and 経津主神 (Futsunushi-no-kami) for pen and sword, and 水波女神 (Mizuhame-no-kami) for safe transportation by water.

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