Things to do / Traditional festivals

Kyoto: Toka Ebisu (Hatsu Ebisu)

First celebration of Ebisu, the god of wealth. The festival draws a big crowd of people, especially of merchants who pray for prosperity in their businesses. Hoekago (palanquins) in which Geisha and famous figures sit, are carried to the shrine. The stalls are set up in the shrine precincts, and vendors sell bamboo branches, a symbol of good luck, shouting loudly to visitors, "Buy bamboo branches, and your business will prosper ! "

Schedule & key events:
● Jan. 8 & 9 from 10 a.m.: Parade of Hoekago

Location: Ebisu-jinja Shrine and others, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

(1) From JR Kyoto Sta., take municipal bus No. 17 or 205 to Kawaramachi Matsubara Bus Stop (10 min.), and then walk 5 min. (2) Keihan Honsen Line to Gion Shijo Sta., and then walk 6 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.

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