Gion & Kiyomizu Temple Dec. 15, 2015 UPDATE
The Main Event of Ebisu Festival is Full of Rituals in Historical Gion Area Every Year on January 10th
Toka Ebisu Festival
Venue: Ebisu Shrine
January 10th, every year
Ebisu Festival is a four day event which runs from the 9th of January to the 12th in Gion district of Kyoto. The whole festival runs for 63 hours from 9 am to 12 am each day. Main event being on the 10th, is called Toka (meaning 10th day) Ebisu Festival. Event will start at 11am. Starting Event on the 10th is preformed by an actress awarding bamboo leafs. Ebisu is a god of business, that's why a lot of merchants will be coming to pray for next year's success of their businesses. Usually Ebisu is...more called, EBISSAN, a friendly nickname that many people are familiar with.
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Kagura Dance is a ritual dance performed throughout the festival in order to bless the branches of bamboo grass called Fuku-zasa purchased by visitors at left side of the main hall. You can purchase this any time during 9 am to 11 pm for 3,000 yen each.
A part of most festivals many people look for is the food stalls. Most people agree that just going around looking at the variety of offerings from the food stalls excite them. These moments most likely will become a part of your unforgettable memories.
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If you have experienced praying at shrines, you must be familiar with this procedure. Notice at Ebisu shrines, there is a wooden board by the altar for people to knock on after their prayers because it is believed that Ebisu, the god of good fortune and prosperity, have difficulty hearing.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
Please tap the board gently, knocking it harder doesn’t mean your wishes will be heard better. There is a bell attached to a rope by the altar, however, it is removed for safety reasons during the festival.
Toka Ebisu Festival
|Address||125, Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0811|
|Directions||6-minute walk from Keihan Line Gionshijo Stn.|
|Notes||The event runs from January 9th at 9 am to January 11th at 12am. Ebisu shrine’s gate is always opened during the festival|
|Friendly for Overseas Visitors||
It is held in Gion area for 4 days.
|Languages spoken||Japanese only|