Visiting Seven Gods Of Fortune In Miura: Shichi-Fukujin

Every year, from New Year’s Day to the end of the month, the Seven Gods of Fortune in Miura open the doors of their shrine/temple with the statue of the God, wishing for a good year for those who visit them. During the period, visitors will receive goshuin (a red seal as a proof for their pilgrimage) on their signature cards or nokyocho (a Japanese pilgrim's book).

From the pathways to the shrines/temples or from the shrine/temple premises on mountaintops, you can enjoy panoramas of the Tokyo Bay and the Sagami Bay. When the sky is clear, you can see far away in the distance the mountains of Fuji-Hakone-Izu and the Boso Peninsula. The Miura Peninsula enjoys warm weather with an abundance of sunshine, and during the winter the farmer’s fields are filled with Japanese radish and cabbage. During the exposition of the statues of the Seven Gods of Fortune, these shrines and temples are filled and bustling with people wishing for good luck for the year. Visitors can also enjoy the seafood of Miura while visiting the shrines and temples one by one. Nowadays, people tour these shrines and temples on foot or by bicycle. The pedestrian route is approximately 24 km in length. The statues of the Seven Gods of Fortune are open to the public from New Year’s Day to January 15th

Ebisu (Empuku-ji Temple), 258 Kaneda, Minami-Shitaura-machi, Miura, Tel: 046-888-0038
Bishamonten (Jiun-ji Temple), 667, Bishamon, Minami-Shitaura-machi, Miura, Tel: 046-881-7573
Benzaiten (Kainan Jinja Shrine), 4-12-11, Misaki, Miura, Tel: 046-881-3038
Hotei (Kento-ji Temple), 19-2, Shiraishi-cho, Miura, Tel: 046-882-5632
Jurojin (Shirahige Jinja Shrine), 1516, Koajiro, Misaki-machi, Miura, Tel: 046-881-7676
Fukurokuju (Myoon-ji Temple), 119, Shimo-miyada, Hasse-machi, Miura, Tel: 046-888-2226
Daikokuten (Enzyu-ji Temple), 3403, Shimo-miyada, Hasse-machi, Miura, Tel: 046-888-1815

The worshipping of the Seven Gods of Fortune started in the middle of the Muromachi Period. During that time, Ebisu and Daikokuten were worshipped together. After the period, there were some changes in the combination of the Gods of Fortune from the late Edo Period; today, the Seven Gods of Fortune from Japan, China and India have become common.

Attribute for each of Seven Gods of Fortune:
Ebisu: God for prosperous business
Daikokuten: God for wealth, honor and longevity
Bishamonten: God for bravery, knowledge and protection against bad luck
Benzaiten: God for learning, arts, and crafts
Fukurokuju: God for happiness, prosperity and longevity
Jurojin: God for sound health and longevity
Hotei: God for happiness, prosperity and harmony