Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
Believers flock to Imamiya Ebisu Shrine to worship Ebessan, Osaka's god of trade and commerce. The shrine is believed to have been founded as a home for the western guardian deity when Prince Shotoku built Shitenno Temple. A number of gods are worshipped here, beginning with Ebisu. Ebisu was originally a guardian deity for fishermen. Long ago, this area was a seashore, and Ebisu was enshrined here as a guardian deity of the marketplace where products from both the land and the sea were traded. In later years, people began to worship Ebisu as a god of good fortune and commercial prosperity. The Toka Ebisu festival, known for its tradition of Hoekago floats, was first held in the Edo era and lasts for three days from January 9th through 11th. Currently drawing more than a million people annually, Toka Ebisu festival-goers looking to improve their luck often buy sacred bamboo branches decorated with lucky items.
address1-6-10 Ebisunishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-0003
open9:00 - 17:00
transportRight outside Imamiya-Ebisu Station on the Nankai Koya Line 5-minute walk from Daikokucho Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line and Ebisucho Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line