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Thu, Jan 05


Kanazawa Ward

Cultural Outing: 7 Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

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Cultural Outing:  7 Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

Time & Location

Jan 05, 7:45 AM

Kanazawa Ward, Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan


About the event

In Japanese mythology, the Seven Lucky Gods are believed to grant good luck and are often represented in netsuke and in artworks. The worship of this group of gods is also due to the importance of the number seven in Japan, supposedly a signifier of good luck.

Brief description of each god:

Jurojin: god of longevity and good health

Ebisu: god of prosperity, commerce, and fishing

Hotei: god of happiness and good fortune

Benzaiten: goddess of beauty and arts

Bishamonten: god of war who defends humans against evil

Daikokuten: god of agriculture, prosperity, and commerce

Fukurokuju: god of wisdom, good fortune, and longevity

We will be completing the pilgrimage in Kanazawa. Below are the shrines/temples we will visit:

1)Seto shrine (Benten)

2)Ryugeji temple (Daikokuten)

3)Denshinji temple(bishamonten)

4)Hozoin temple (jurojin)

5)Tomioka Hachimangu shrine(Ebisu)

6)Choshoji temple (Hotei)

7)Shohoin temple (Fukurokujyu)

At each shrine or temple you will be able to collect goshuin, which is a stamp or handwriting. The price to purchase each goshuin stamp ranges between 300 to 1000 yen. If you plan to collect stamps you will need to purchase a goshuincho from any of the major shrines, temple, or local bookstore.

We will leave immediately after school drop off to catch the Keikyu line (Yokosuka Chuo)train to Kanazawa Bunco and will most likely not be back for school pick up.

We will be taking multiple trains and will take a cab from one shrine to another to make the travel time shorter. So please bring enough ¥.

What to bring: good walking shoes, yen, train card, goshuincho, snacks, water

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