Imamiya Ebisu Shrine

Imamiya Ebisu Shrine is not a big shrine, yet it is still one of the most famous shrines in Osaka. During the Tooka Ebisu Festival, held annually January 9th to 11th, roughly 1 million people visit this shrine. However, on an average day, Imamiya Ebisu is a very peaceful place. As the name implies, this is home to the business god Ebisu, who is one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune.

Shrine Grounds

Imamiya Ebisu Shrine dates back the early 7th century. Shortly after the completion of Shittenoji Temple (593 C.E.) Imamiya Ebisu Shrine was built as a guardian shrine for Shitenno-ji Temple. At this time, the Ebisu was considered to be the god of fisherman.

Gradually, the people of Osaka saw Ebisu as a god of business, as well. Later, Ebisu also evolved into one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune.

What Ebisu looks like

The torii of Imamiya Ebisu are unique in that three torii are combined: a big one and two small ones (one on each both side). This style of gate, called Mitsu-torii [三つ鳥居],  is very rare, but the reason why there are three torii is not clear.

Torii of Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
three torii of Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
You can find many famous company names on those lanterens and fences!
Wow his eyes!!

On an average day, hardly any people visit this shrine or buy charms from it. The shrine grounds are almost soothing when compared to the bustling city surrounding it.

Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
Ceremonial gong. Only used for Tooka Ebisu. Located behind main shrine.
A lantern donated by Kubota, a world famous counstruction company

During Tooka Ebisu, lots of people come and pray for business success. Even throughout the year, large companies in Osaka donate large sums of money to Imamiya Ebisu.

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