Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
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LK
Sacramento136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
This is a famous temple for the god, Ebisu. All businesses gather here on the night of Ebisu Matsuri from tattoo artists to hoteliers to pray for a bountiful year.

Otherwise you come any other time of the year, it is a quiet, small, and quaint temple.

The festival is in January, and held at other temples too, but this is the liveliest in Osaka. It probably will be cancelled or heavily modified for social distancing.
Written November 18, 2020
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brysc01
Sydney, Australia925 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Perhaps this review is a bit skewed as I stumbled across the Ebisu Festival and this shrine and it was it going off. Crazy, exciting, fun and loud. Just like those down to earth Osakans, its all about good fortune and making money. What a great atmosphere on a sunny winter day.
Written February 4, 2020
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ricwoo2008
Pattaya, Thailand303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Family
It’s not big but fairly quiet so we could make offerings and ring the bell like a local or Chinese tourist to be precise. Walking distance to Namba Parks.
Written October 19, 2019
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Liz
Osaka, Japan36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
3 day festival for business prosperity in January.

Bamboo branches are given out for free and you can purchase charms to go on the branches. The charm power only lasts for a year so you bring back lasts years bamboo charm branch and put it in the big bins to be burned later.

The first day of the festival, I went in the evening and it was busy. Tons of food vendors that went from the Shrine all the way up to Namba. I was able to find some food I haven't seen before and when I showed the pictures of the food to some Japanese locals later that night they didn't know what it was. (The food looked like a big fluffy pancake but it was mochi and in the inside it had meat. They fried it and it tastes like a gyoza but it was the size of a hamburger. It took a while to cook but was worth the wait.)

The second day I walked through the shrine and it wasn't as busy during the day. Most vendors weren't open when I walked through around 10isham. I found the route to the parade which started at 9:30am and made its way to the shrine around noon.

The last day I thought I would be able to go back and get some more delicious food. It was the busiest night. Getting to the shrine I inched along the way. I was hoping they were going to burn their last years charms on this night but I didn't see any smoke anywhere. Once I got through the shrine I decided to skip on the food as it was too crowded for my liking. I was glad I went on the first day to scope out the food options.

I saw on one website that over the three days a million people come through there and I believe it! Even though there were that many people there and we were inching toward the shrine it still felt safe as families with kids and grandmas and grandpa were everywhere.
Written January 16, 2019
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hannahgarner23
Emneth, UK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
Strange location most would probably just stumble upon it.
Super pretty and picturesque.
Worth a look of your in the area!
Written November 6, 2019
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norman m
Pahoa, HI1,106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
If you visit for the Ebisu Festival it is is worth trip but nothing much any other time. Important ....the web page i looked at said the night was the best time to visit......well i missed the parade ...because it is only on one day and during the day.....the internet site also said it would run until Saturday.......and it ended on Friday night.......when i returned on Saturday they had taken everything down......very drab......nothing to see....no nice garden .....no nice sculptures......buildings were all closed up.......but during the early part of the festival there is lots of food and they give branches of bamboo for people to buy lucky charms to add to them.....early moring there was a doughnut vendor with great selection of flavors of Okinawa Undungee ........it is very crowded at night.........very easy to get to by subway.......get off at the Dakioku station exit no.5......cross the street and just a few blocks up on the left side.....
Written February 19, 2019
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arthurclarkee
Kobe, Japan3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Found out its incredibly important to the Osakan people this place. Great as its off the tourist trail and when I got there.....nobody were there except for us
Written July 29, 2018
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Peter M
Sydney, Australia63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
We visited Ebisu Shrine in the second week of January 2017 after being asked along by family who live near Nara and visit the shrine every year to pray for good business for the coming year.
Little did we know at the time but this is the busiest time of the year to visit the shrine and as such it was quite chaotic with literally thousands (actually probably tens of thousands) of people moving through the shrine and surrounding streets.
The streets around the shrine were alive with colourful stalls selling all sorts of offerings for the shrine, souvenirs and food. There were people everywhere and the chaos just raised the atmosphere to another level. On top of this the crowd was chanting something over and over in time with the loud speakers at the shrine (unfortunately I cant remember what this was but it was catchy, and loud).
It was fun spotting all of the different types of offerings that people were carrying around before placing them at the shrine. You could buy the offering gifts from the stalls surrounding the shrine itself and there were many to chose from.
There was also the slightly unusual sight of rows of young Japanese girls all dressed up in traditional clothing and sitting on display for people to view. It was explained to me that this was something to do with the judging of a Miss something or other competition (I apologise for not knowing exactly what this was but my memory is vague on this point and I certainly don't mean to be rude by not knowing exactly what this was about).
We lined up to go into the shrine to receive a blessing (we were able to do this as guests of my family member) and when we entered we were seated to prayed and receive the blessing. After the blessing we added our money offering into the massive collection pit and then we exited the shrine. It was a short but interesting experience especially with so many people and so much noise around.
Having made our offering we went for a walk down a couple of the streets around the shrine to look at the stalls before we made our way home.
Whilst the shrine is not huge it is nice and all the people made it seem much bigger than it really was. I suspect that if you visited at another time of year it would feel much smaller and would definitely be quieter!
Would I have visited the Ebisu shrine if I hadn't been invited by my family? To be honest I probably wouldn't have but having had the chance to visit during the festival period I am glad I went and if you don't mind crowds and a bit of chaos then I would absolutely recommend visiting during the festival around the second week of January.
Written August 14, 2017
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soursops
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia91 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
The shrine is very close to our Airbnb..we stumbled upon it by chance. As it is not a tourist destination, you can expect it to be quiet and serene. Apparently will be crowded sometime in January so as long as you are in any other months you're good.
Written May 30, 2017
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YacchanAmarone
Bangkok, Thailand38,439 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Ebisu is the Japanese god of commerce. More than a million people are visiting here just for three days around January 10th, the period which is called '10th Ebisu', every year.
However, when I visited here at the end of December, only a few people were there and the atmosphere was calm. I could not imagine a million people are coming here in two weeks.
Written January 2, 2016
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