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Toka Ebisu Festival / Kyoto

January 8 January 12

Toka Ebisu, the first major festival of the New Year, is held at the Kyoto Ebisu Shrine, located just south of Kennin-ji. The enshrined Ebisu-sama is one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune and is regarded as the god of fishery and commerce. The festival is called “Toka Ebisu” after the 10th, which is Ebisu’s birthday. Although the ritual takes place mainly in front of the main shrine and is not visible to visitors, thousands of people gather daily at the small shrine in Gion to pray for a year of prosperous business, and a variety of events take place on the grounds.

On 10th, and 11th women in traditional costume (Maiko and actresses) come to the shrine to hand out lucky bamboos.


Kyoto Ebisu Shrine(京都ゑびす神社)

Address : 142-4 Komatsucho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto

Admission : Free

Schedule :

8th, Lucky charms festival 9:00-23:00

10:00 After School Palanquin Procession
14:00 Boiling Water Festival
14:30 Mochitsuki ritual

9th Yoruebisu Kou 24 hours open

09:00 Dedication of lucky tuna
10:00 After-school palanquin climbing

10th Yoru Ebisu Grand Festival 24 hours open

11:00 – 12:00 Lucky Bamboo handing out
13:00 – 14:00 Lucky Bamboo handing out

11th Fortune Trying Festival 9:00 – 24:00

14:00 – 16:00 Lucky Bamboo handing out
20:00 – 22:00 Lucky Bamboo handing out

12th Lucky End Festival 9:00 – 22:00

20:00 Inner Shrine Ritual
22:00 Gates close