New Year’s Lucky Shrine & Temple Trail Tour

A traditional Japanese way to start the New Year!

Most New Year’s celebrations tend to be expensive, overcrowded, anticlimactic events that leave you with a horrible hangover. Try something different with Shichifukujin-Meguri. This is a pilgrimage where respects are paid to seven lucky gods at seven shrines&temples with the hope of having a prosperous new year, and it originated and gained popularity in Tokyo’s small town of Yanaka during the Edo Period. It is now widely practiced across many areas of Tokyo, normally during the first seven days of the year or while the traditional New Year’s pine and bamboo home decorations are still on display (Matsunouchi). Each participating area normally has seven shrines and temples dedicated to the following seven deities that originated from Japan, India, and China:

– Daikokuten – commerce and prosperity
– Ebisu – commerce and harvests
– Benzaiten – talent, beauty, and music
– Bishamonten – victory
– Jurojin – longevity
– Hotei – fortune and popularity
– Fukurokuju – luck, wealth, and longevity

We offer a guided tour to each shrine&temple however this experience is not only for the superstitious or pious, as this tour offers more than just a chance to gain fortune from deities. Even more special will be the warm atmosphere and peaceful setting that you will experience from the temples, shrines, and people. We will also venture down hidden back alleys, passing old exquisitely decorated Japanese houses.

Two different routes are available for this experience. On each route, your guide will share mythical and historical anecdotes associated with each new area, temple or shrine.

A percentage of the tour’s proceeds will be donated to each shrine/temple as “Hatsuho-ryo” which is a New Year’s offering, and in return, your “Shikishi” (square piece of thick paper) will be stamped.
A fully completed Shikishi will give you a headstart towards spiritual fulfillment – collect all the stamps to guarantee success in the new year.

Route 1: Fukagawa
Availability: January 1st to January 15th
Duration: 3.5 hours
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 am
Distance: 5km (3.11mi) with each point of interest approximately being a 10-minute walk from each other.
Start: Morishita Station
End: Monzen-nakamachi Station
Includes: Hatsuho-ryo, Shikishi,
*One Shikishi will be shared between a single group.

Route 2: Yanaka and Ueno
Availability: January 1st to January 10th
Duration: 3.5 hours
Time: 9:00 am – 12:30 am
Distance: 6km (3.73mi) with each point of interest approximately being a 15-minute walk from each other.
Start: JR Tabata Station
End: JR Ueno Station
Includes: Hatsuho-ryo, Shikishi,
*One Shikishi will be shared between a single group.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
*A full refund will be provided within 7 days (Japan Standard Time) prior to your booking.
*A 50% refund will be provided within 6-3 days (Japan Standard Time) prior to your booking.
*No refund will be provided if you fail to turn up on the day of the experience or if you cancel within 2 days (Japan Standard Time).

Cancellation

If a reservation has to be cancelled, customers will be charged a fee depending on how far from the tour date the cancellation takes place.

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