First fete day for Ebisu, the god of wealth, is the biggest festival of this kind in scale and feature, in Kansai region. The festival draws a big crowd of people, especially of merchants who pray for prosperity in their businesses. The highlight of this festival is a procession of Hoekago (palanquins) in which Geisha and famous figures sit carried by men.
Schedule & Key events:
● Jan. 10 10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Procession of Hoekago from Dotonbori to the shrine
Location: Imamiya Ebisu-jinja Shrine, Dotonbori and others, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
(1) Nankai Koya Line to Imamiya-Ebisu Sta., and then walk 1 min. (2) Midosuji Subway Line to Daikokucho Sta. (Exit 3), and then walk 5 min.
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.