The tradition of worshipping the "Seven Gods of Fortune" is said to have started in Kyoto in the Muromachi Period (1338-1573), but it has gained popularity in modern times. A pilgrimage circuit to multiple shrines/temples in the beginning of spring is said to bring particular blessings, and is especially popular. Each of the seven gods in this festival has their own blessings: Ebisu for business success and traffic safety; Daikokuten for protecting the kitchen and for good fortune; Bishamonten for academic achievement and financial success; Benzaiten for the performing arts, financial success, and knowledge; Fukurokuju for long life, health and fire prevention; Jurojin for long life and good fortune; and Hotei for a harmonious life. Kake-jiku hanging scrolls, Shikishi papers with the temples’ stamps, and Goho-in-cho booklets for temple stamps are available at each temple.
January 1 (Wed, national holiday) – 31 (Fri), 2020
Ebisu-jinja Shrine: From Subway Karasuma Line Shijo Station, take City bus 207 to "Shijo Keihan-mae" bus stop
Matsugasaki Daikokuten (Myoen-ji Temple): Subway Karasuma Line to Matsugasaki Station
To-ji Temple: Kintetsu Kyoto Line to Toji Station
Rokuhara Mitsu-ji Temple: City Bus 206 to "Kiyomizu-michi" bus stop
Sekizanzen-in Temple: City Bus 5 to "Shugakuinrikyu-michi (Shugakuin Imperial Villa Road)"
Gyogan-ji (Kaku-do) Temple: City Bus 205 to "Kawaramachi Marutamachi" bus stop
Obakuzan Manpuku-ji Temple: JR Nara Line to Obaku Station
Temple stamp on kake-jiku hanging scroll, 500 yen (300 yen for a stamp on Shikishi paper or in a Goho-in-cho booklet)
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