What is the Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine?
Imamiya Ebisu-jinja is a shrine in Namihaya ward, Osaka, where gods of business prosperity are enshrined. Since its construction in 600 AD, this shrine has been familiar with people, calling it "Ebessan." Approximately one million people go and worship at the shrine on an annual Toka-ichi festival held January 10 and 11.
Grounds and Functions
Several gods are enshrined in Imamiya Ebisu-jinja shrine. Kotoshironushinomikoto, commonly called 'Ebessan,' garners people's devotion the most. Originally Ebessan was the guardian deity for fishing, so the god is envisioned carrying a sea bream under his arm while holding a fishing rod in his right hand. Daikoku-sha shrine and Inari-sha shrine are in the precincts. During the Toka-Ebisu festival, held at the beginning of the year annually, the shrine is crowded with people who purchase fukuzasa (a lucky bamboo branch), ofuda (a charm attached fukuzasa) and kiccho, a small treasure provided by the shrine. During the period of Toka-Ebisu (Jan. 9 to Jan. 11), 'Fuku-musume' women from 18 to 23 years old who are selected from more than 3,000 applicants every year, minister to the worshippers. Fukumusume, wearing kimonos of the same design, along with chihaya, (an overcoat for a maiden in the service of a shrine) and golden eboshi (formal headwear) look stunning and are well worth seeing.
Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine has no parking lots so using public transportation is recommended. The closest stations are: Daikokucho Station on the Midosuji line and Ebisucho Station on the Sakaisuji line of the Osaka Municipal Subway, Imamiyaebisu Station on the Koya line of the Nankai Electric Railway, Ebischo Station on the Hankai line of the Hankai Tramway, and JR Shinimamiya Station.
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Description: Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine
|Sights||Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine (今宮戎神社)|
1-6-10, Ebisu-nishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 06-6643-0150|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|