About Fukutoku Jinja Shrine (Mebuki Inari)
Although it is unclear as to when this shrine was built, based on summary accounts, enshrinement had already taken place here between 859 and 876 AD.
This shrine originally had a strong following with military commanders, and on August 8th, 1590, the first shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu came to Edo (ancient Tokyo), where he first made his pilgrimage to the shrine in that same August. From that day forth he would go on to visit the shrine many more times.
On top of that, the second shogun Tokugawa Hidetada visited the shrine on 8th January, 1614, and appraised the shrine stating "Fukutoku is a truly wonderful title for the deities."
In modern times, the shrine has been visited by people praying for better luck in the lotteries, however this came from during the Edo Period (1603-1868), where due to its recognized status as a "shrine with an honorable history," whenever it was destroyed by fire it was permitted to collect restoration funds via a "Shogunate-authorized lottery," one of the very few temples or shrines to be authorized for such purposes by the Edo government.
Deity of primary worship