You Have to Visit These Shrines to Welcome the New Year in Japan for a Prosperous 2020

Get yourselves some pretty charms as well.

Eve Lourdes Haruka
, a popular fortune teller, said that in 2020, the soft feminine atmosphere will bring in good luck. Pay a visit to shrines that worship goddesses this New Year’s Day to wish for a prosperous 2020. In this article, we will introduce five shrines that worship goddesses. Don’t miss out on the recommended good luck charms too to get good luck at the beginning of the new year.

Enoshima Shrine, Katase Enoshima, Kanagawa

worships Ichikishimahime. Three sisters are worshiped in three different places on the island.

This is one of the three
Benzaitens in Japan. The three goddesses are related to ocean and water, and happiness and money. To get power from their beauty, many people visit for good relationships and improvement in entertainment. Check the Hoanden, where you can see the Benzaiten. Amazake can be enjoyed as well from January 1 to 3.

Yokubari Bijin Omamori
is a lucky charm that you can customize.

We recommend the
Yokubari Bijin Omamori (¥500) which is limited to Chuzukyu. You can choose other charms like beautiful skin charm (upper right on the photo for ¥300 each) or whichever charm that you like on the base strap (¥500). Feel free to arrange your charms to however style you want.

Enoshima Shrine is located at 2-3-8 Enoshima, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa. It is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Conferment Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. while Hoanden (the Enshrining Center) is open until 4:30 p.m. only). The shrine will be open from midnight to 6 p.m. on January 1, 2020.

Shiba Dai Jingu Shrine, Daimon, Tokyo

The shrine mark was derived from the
Hojo’s “3 scallops”.

The main gods in
Shiba Dai Jingu Shrine are Amaterasu Omikami, and Toyouke no Omikami. This place is also known as the plot for Megumi no Kenka, a kabuki play. Its history spans more than 1,000 years and the shrine is also known for its power spots like Chokinzuka, and Shogazuka because they used to be ginger farms around the shrine.

Goun Omamori
(¥800). The color for 2020 is not decided yet. (This photo is from last year’s)

Goun Omamori
(¥800) has a big impact on one’s life and is said to bring great luck just like its name. The charm is based on the year’s lucky color, so expect it to be different every year.

Shiba Dai Jingu Shrine is located as 1-12-7 Shiba Daimon, Minato District, Tokyo. The shrine is open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (this may change according to the season. Conferment Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On December 31 to January 1, it is open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., meanwhile, the Conferment Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from December 31 to January 1.


Tokyo Dai Jingu Shrine, Idabashi, Tokyo

Tokyo Dai Jungu Shrine was built in 1880, and is popularly known as the shrine where the first shrine-style wedding took place.

It’s also called
Tokyo’s Oise, and is known as one of the best power spots for romance. It worships Ise Jingu Shrine’s gods like Amaterasu no Omikami, and Toyouke no Omikami. It also deals with Zoge no Sanshin who takes part in the connection of everything, so it is said that you can get good relationships upon paying a visit to this shrine. Sake and oshiruko will be provided from January 1 to 3. 

En Musubi Suzuran
(¥800). The language of lily of the valley is “good luck will come”.

En Musubi Suzuran (¥800), there are other charms for relationships and romance. If you wish for good matches, make sure to check this place.

Tokyo Dai Jungu Shrine is located at 2-4-1 Fujimi, Chiyoda District, Tokyo. It is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Conferment Center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) On January 1, 2020, it is open from 12 a.m. to 9 p.m. while the Conferment Center is open until 7 p.m. only.

Asagaya Shinmeiguu Shrine, Asagaya, Tokyo

Amaterasu no Omikami
, the god of Japan, is worshiped here and is said that to keep a good relationship in marriage.

This shrine is famous for its
Hachinan Yoke, a worship event that is known from the Edo era. The spacious shrine is filled with nature that changes according to the season and is a place for relaxation among many people. Antique markets and no are often held here, and from January 1 to 3, shishimai, no, and kyogen will be held.

Kami Musubi
(¥1,000) brings you good luck.

Kami Musubi
(¥1000) has seasonal designs that match the taste of men too. There are 11 types like red, yamabuki (yellow), and wakakusa (green), and are cute with laces on them.

Asagaya Shinmeiguu Shrine is located at 1-25-5 Asagaya Kita, Suginami District, Tokyo. It is open from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November to January, it is open from 6 a.m. while Conferment Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both are open all night on December 31 and will close at 8 p.m. on January 1.

Mabashi Inari Jinja Shrine, Asagaya, Tokyo 

It is said that this shrine was built in the
Kamakura era.

In the
Mabashi Inari Jinja Shrine, the Gods Inari and Uka no Mitama, gods for harvest and business, and God Ontake are worshipped. There are so many things to see here like the biggest Kaiun Bell in Tokyo, and the beautiful mikoshi (only those who are there to wish can see this). On January 7, 2020, nanakusa gayu can be enjoyed and Tondo Yaki, an event with shishimai will be held in the shrine.


Shikon no Omamori
(¥800) each charm has a unique design.

Shikon no Omamori
(¥800) has four types which are charms for winning, good relationships in business and family, cure for diseases, and academic achievements. There is also Gankake Kitsune (¥700) which is a charm in which you put a paper where you write your wishes.

Mabashi Inari Jinja Shrine is located at 2-4-4 Asagaya Minami, Suginami District, Tokyo. It is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are so many various charms to choose from like those for business, romance, family, and health. Why not visit one of these shrines on New Year’s Day and wish for fortune this 2020?

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (24 November 2019)

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