Toyokawa Inari 2: A Fox-Filled “Power Spot” Well Worth the Trip
Our last article dealt with the highlights of Toyokawa Inari, and today we’ll turn to the food of the area. After you’ve gone and enjoyed the sights of this fox-filled temple, you’ll probably start feeling hungry for something tasty. Expecting just that, we have a list of the local delicacies all ready for you. Ref: Photo
For a fee of ¥4,000, you’ll be able to have a monk make a prayer for you at the temple. Included with the request is a daytime meal of shōjin ryōri, which is a type of vegetarian cuisine traditionally prepared for practicing Buddhist monks that uses neither fish or meat. On a note, without the meal, the kitō is ¥3,000. After charging up your spiritual batteries among the atmosphere of the foxes, be sure to cleanse yourself from the inside out with the delicate vegetarian flavors of shōjin ryōri. Enjoying delicious Buddhist cuisine in the calming and composed atmosphere of a temple is sure to be a novel experience for many.
An O-kitsune (“Fox”) Burger at O-kitsune Hompo, http://tabelog.com/
There are many interesting dishes to be had in the area around Toyokawa Inari, and among them is the O-kitsune burger. Instead of using a bread bun, this oddity of a burger uses a type of deep-fried tofu called abura-age. The reason for this is that abura-age is associated with foxes in Japan. For example, “kitsune udon” is a type of udon noodle dish with abura-age as a topping.
The six colors of inarizushi at Raion, http://kei-5.at.webry.info/
Some say that the area around Toyokawa Inari was the birthplace of inari-zushi, and the neighborhood is notable for the number of unusual examples of the famous tofu-wrapped sushi you can eat here. Enjoy a range of colorful inarizushi with toppings and fillings like matcha, yuzu citrus, miso, and more.
At other shops, you’ll be able to enjoy toppings like fried prawn, as each shop has figured out its own unique take on the dish. Be sure to try out a roving taste test! Information: Map
Bonus: The Toyokawa Inari Betsuin in Tokyo
For those travelers on a tighter schedule, coming out to the Toyokawa Inari in Aichi might not be an option. If that’s the case, we highly recommend stopping by Toyokawa Inari Betsuin (separate temple) in Asakusa, Tokyo. The style of blessing is the same, and there is no lack of foxes around the precinct, either. Here, you’ll also be able to do a kind of “one-stop pilgrimage” and pay respects to all of the Seven Lucky Gods. Information: Map
So, what did you think of our two-part special on Toyokawa Inari? If you’ve any fox fan friends, be sure to tell them about this fox-full temple!