A Shrine for prosperous business, well known as “Ebessan”

Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine, located in Naniwa-ku, Osaka, is known for “Ebessan” , the god of commerce. Tradition has it that when the prince Shotoku-taishi built Shitennoji, this shrine was also built for the purpose of warding off evil spirits believed to come from the west of the temple. The shrine is sacred to deities such as Amaterasu-O-mikami (the sun goddess) and Kotoshironushi-no-mikoto. It was once venerated as the home to the god of fisheries, but with changing times came to be considered as the home of the god of commerce.

Imamiya Toka Ebisu Festival

The To-ka Ebisu Festival held on the 9th, 10th and 11th of January each year. It gathers more than a million “merchants” from business owners to company employees wishing for prosperous business.

Imamiya to-ka ebisu
● The To-ka Ebisu Festival photo by bon3.com
Imamiya fukuzaza
● sacred bamboo branches decorated with lucky items in hopes for the success of their businesses
photo by MIXTRIBE

Address : 1-6-10 Ebisu-nishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Access : 5-minute walk from Daikoku-cho station or Ebisu-cho station on the Osaka subway.  2-minute walk from Imamiyaebisu station on the Nankai line.

Hours : 9:00 to 17:00 Open throughout the year

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