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Update day: December 24, 2020

Find fortune all year in Shinjuku

About "Shichifukujin Meguri" (Seven Gods of Good Fortune Tour)

Go on a pilgrimage and pray for good luck by visiting temples and shrines that enshrine the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, who have been worshiped as deities bringing luck since the Muromachi period (1336 – 1573).
By completing the Seven Gods of Good Fortune tour, it is said that you will receive seven good fortunes.
Pilgrimages to the Shichifukujin (Seven Gods of Good Fortune) are often made during the New Year Week (January 1 to 7), but the "Shinjuku Yamanote Shichifukujin" tour is unique in that you can visit the gods throughout the year.
These temples and shrines are said to have been established early in the Showa era (1926-1989).
They offer not only shuin (seals) but also miniature statues of the gods and an ornamental treasure ship.
It becomes a pleasure sealed letter issued by a shogun having you write in each Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine is very individual, and to gather.

  • "Shichifukujin Meguri"(Seven Gods of Good Fortune Tour)
  • Throughout the year. *For details, please ask the temple/shrine staff.
  • How to get goshuin
  • From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sealed letter issued by a shogun of Benzaiten spot becomes the conferment in Nishimukitenjinsha (Nishimukiten Shrine) other than January 7 from New Year's Day.
  • Goshuin costs
  • Each goshuin costs 400 yen. *For details, please ask the temple/shrine staff.
  • The miniature statues of the gods and the treasure ship
  • The miniature statues of the gods cost 500 yen each and the treasure ship is 1,000 yen. *Ask the staff of each temple/shrine whether ornamental treasure ships can be purchased

We have prepared a guide map of Seven Gods of Good Fortune Tour.

Shinjuku Tourist Information

  • We can make your Shinjuku tour even more convenient and more fun.
    The Shinjuku Tourist Information Center offers comprehensive information to visitors about the many charms of Shinjuku as well as on sightseeing spots and events taking place in the area.

    Address
    〒160-0022 3-37-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    Business hours:
    10:00-19:00 Open 365 days (excluding Dec. 29 to Jan. 3)

18min. (1.2㎞)

Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

Hoteison

 

Taisoji Temple

  • Worshipped by people as the King of the Underworld known as "Enma-sama of Naito Shinjuku" in the Edo period (1603–1867), Taisoji Temple has prospered as one of the famous spots in the area.
    It enshrines Hoteison, the guardian god of rich life and happy family.

    Address
    2-9-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    TEL
    03-3356-7731
    Access
    4min. walk from Shinjuku-sanchome Sta. on the Toei Shinjuku Line
  • Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

    Hoteison

    The God of Contentment.This Chinese Zen monk with a bulging belly is carrying a big bag. Holding a Basho fan, he has a satisfied appearance with a smile.

    Public Exhibition
    January 1 to 7
    Goshuin costs
    400 yen
    The miniature statues of the gods cost
    500 yen

19min. (1.3km)

Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

Ebisu

 

Inarikio-jinja Shrine

  • Inarikio-jinja Shrine is the only shrine in Japan dedicated to Kio Gongen, a group of three gods.
    Inarikio-Jinja Shrine enshrines Ebisu, the god of fisheries as well as business success and better fortune.

    Address
    2-17-5 Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
    TEL
    03-3200-2904
    Access
    3min. walk from Higashi-shinjuku Sta. on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and the Toei Oedo Line
  • Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

    Ebisu

    The Guardian of Fishermen and God of Better Fortune. Wearing "kazaori-eboshi," a traditional male eboshi cap with a top folded to the side, kariginu (everyday outfit) and sashinuki hakama pants, this god has a fishing rod in his right hand and holds a red sea bream in his left hand.

    Public Exhibition
    None
    Goshuin costs
    400 yen
    The miniature statues of the gods cost
    500 yen

12min. (800m)

Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

Fukurokuju

 

Eifukuji Temple

  • Eifukuji Temple belongs to the Soto Sect of Buddhism and it is said to have been founded in 1648.
    This long-established temple enshrines Fukurokuju, the god of longevity.

    Address
    7-11-2 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    TEL
    03-3203-8910
    Access
    7min. walk from Higashi-shinjuku Sta. on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and the Toei Oedo Line
  • Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

    Fukurokuju

    The god of longevity and a Chinese god. He is an incarnation of the South Star and is short with a long head. He is depicted accompanied by a crane and a turtle.

    Public Exhibition
    Throughout the year
    Goshuin costs
    400 yen
    The miniature statues of the gods cost
    500 yen

3min. (150m)

Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

Benzaiten

 

Itsukushima-jinja Shrine

  • Itsukushima-jinja Shrine is famous as "Nukebenten," which is believed to help people overcome difficulties, and is counted among the Six Benten goddesses of Edo.
    It enshrines Benzaiten, the only goddess among the Seven Gods of Fortune and a goddess of luck in money, successful romance, and artistic skill.

    Address
    8-5 Yocho-machi, Shinjuku-ku
    Access
    8min. walk from Higashi-shinjuku Sta. on Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and the Toei Oedo Line
  • Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

    Benzaiten

    This Indian goddess rules over music, eloquence, fortune, and wisdom, and carries a biwa (a Japanese short-necked lute).

    Public Exhibition
    None
    Goshuin costs
    400 yen
    The miniature statues of the gods cost
    500 yen

    Every day except for January 1 to 7, shuin (shrine stamp) of Benzaiten is offered at Nishimukiten-jinja Shrine

    Nishimukitenjinsha- Shrine

    A guardian entity of Higashi Okubo Village since ancient times. A famous place for viewing the sunset among lush greenery.

    Address
    6-21-1, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
    TEL
    03-3351-5857
    Access
    3min. walk from Higashi-shinjuku Sta. on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line and the Toei Oedo Line

5min. (200m)

Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

Jurojin

 

Hozenji Temple

  • Hozenji (Hozen temple) is temple of Nichiren sect, and seven light images of a deity (ward designated cultural assets) of coloring are enshrined into the main hall of a Buddhist temple.
    We worship long-lived God, God of Longevity to have elixir of life in Hozenji (Hozen temple).

    Address
    6-20-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
    TEL
    03-3351-4080
    Access
    It is a 9-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line, Toei Oedo Line "Higashishinjuku" station
  • Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

    Jurojin

    This Chinese god holds a staff with a Buddhist sutra in one hand, and a peach which is a symbol of longevity in the other. He is accompanied by a deer.

    Public Exhibition
    Throughout the year
    Goshuin costs
    400 yen
    The miniature statues of the gods cost
    500 yen

21min. (1.4km)

Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

Daikokuten

 

Kyooji Temple

  • Kyooji Temple of the Nichiren Sect was established in 1598.
    The temple enshrines a statue of Daikokuten (Designated Cultural Property of Shinjuku City), a god famous for warding off evil and bringing in good fortune. As the statue has survived several fires, it is also called "Hibuse no Daikoku," which literally means "Daikoku preventing fire."

    Address
    1-14 Hara-machi, Shinjuku-ku
    TEL
    03-3341-1314
    Access
    1min.walk from Ushigome-yanagicho Sta.on the Toei Oedo Line
  • Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

    Daikokuten

    With a zukin hood, this god of good fortune sits on a rice straw bale and carries a small magic hammer and a big bag.

    Public Exhibition
    Six days of the year on the Day of the Kinoe Rat(kinoene)
    Goshuin costs
    400 yen
    The miniature statues of the gods cost
    500 yen

21min. (1.4km)

Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

Bishamonten

 

Zenkokuji Temple

  • Zenkokuji Temple of the Nichiren Sect was established by Nissei Shonin, the 12th chief priest of Ikegami Honmonji Temple. Its Bishamonten, which is one of the designated cultural properties of Shinjuku City, is known as one of the Four Devas, offers blessings of business success, luck in competition, and warding off evil and bringing in good fortune.

    Address
    5-36 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku
    TEL
    03-3269-0641
    Access
    8min. walk from iidabashi Sta. on JR, Tokyo Metro and the Toei Line
  • Shinjuku Yamanote Seven Gods of Good Fortun

    Bishamonten

    The God of Warriors and Treasure. An Indian god and one of the Four Devas. He has an angry face, hold a pike and is dressed in armor.

    Public Exhibition
    Tora (Tiger) days of January, May, and September
    Goshuin costs
    400 yen
    The miniature statues of the gods cost
    500 yen

8min. (400m)

Iidabashi Sta.

"Shichifukujin Meguri"(Seven Gods of Good Fortune Tour)

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