One of the three most important Ebisu shrines in the country

Kyoto Ebisu Shrine, located just south of the Zen temple Kennin-ji, is known as one of the most popular shrines dedicated to Ebisu. One of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, is the guardian deity of prosperous business and fishermen. Ebisu can be seen everywhere, including the smiling statues of Ebisu painted on the torii gate and the Kaguraden hall.

In January, the time of “Toka ebisu”, business owners from all over the country gather to make wishes on the lucky bamboo.

Kyoto Ebisu Shrine was founded in 1202 to protect the Zen temple of Kennin-ji. It is said that when Eisai, the founder of Kennin-ji, was returning from his studies in China, he was struck by storm, but after worshipping the god Ebisu in the ship, the storm stopped and he was able to return safely. In appreciation, he built Ebisu Shrine after his return to Japan.


The Ebisu Lucky Bamboo

The Ebisu lucky bamboo was first used to pray for business prosperity. Amulets hanging from these Ebisu bamboos could be purchased for good luck, and each amulet has its own unique Japanese meaning. The sea bream often seen on Ebisu’s fish hooks is eaten during celebrations, the miko bells bring luck, the kura (storehouse) stores luck, and the cash box represents wealth. You can combine amulets and create your own lucky bamboo.


Lucky Coin Toss

The face of Ebisu is displayed in the center of the second torii gate, looking down happily at people passing by. Beneath Ebisu’s face is a rake, and a considerable amount of coins are gathered in this rake. Rake is considered “to gather good fortune,” and it is customary to throw coins into the rake and place them in a basket. If you can successfully throw them into the basket, it is said that your wish will come true.


Kyoto Ebisu Shrine(京都ゑびす神社)

Address : 142-4 Komatsucho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0811

Access : 5-minute walk from Gion-Shijo station on the Keihan line

Hours : 9:00 to 17:00

Admission : Free


Toka Ebisu Festival (JAN 8-12)


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.

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