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Osaka: Toka Ebisu

The first celebration day of Ebisu, the god of wealth. This is the biggest festival of this kind in scale and feature in the Kansai region. The festival draws big crowds, including merchants who pray for the prosperity in their businesses. The highlight of this festival is a procession of hoekago (palanquins) in which geisha and celebrities are 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.