These Hatsumode Spots Are A Must-Visit If You Want Good Fortune for the Coming Year
Hatsumode is the Japanese tradition of visiting a shrine or temple during the New Year.
With only a couple more days to the end of the year, New Year’s celebrations are just around the corner. In this article, we will introduce four famous hatsumode (Japanese tradition of visiting a shrine or temple during New Year) locations such as Meiji Jingu and Naritasan Shinshoji. Turn your luck around this coming year by stopping by these temples and shrines for good fortune!
Meiji Jingu (Harajuku, Tokyo)
Visitors: around 3.12 million
Meiji Jingu filled with worshippers during hatsumode
Meiji Jingu is Tokyo’s most famous hatsumode spot. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, fortune slips called omikuji with waka (31-syllable Japanese poem) written by the former royal couple are famous. It will be celebrating its 100th year of enshrinement in 2020.
Meiji Jingu is located at 1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya District, Tokyo. It is open from 12 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on January 1, 6:40 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on January 2 and 3, 6:40 a.m. to 6:00 p.m on January 4, and 6:40 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the rest of January 2020 (schedules may vary).
Naritasan Shinshoji (Narita, Chiba)
Visitors: around 3.05 million
Narita’s Fudo Myo-o (Buddhist guardian deity), visited by 3.05 million people
Naritasan Shinshoji is famous for worshipping Fudo Myo-o. From January 1 to 28, 2020, the traditional Nanakusa Goinmon will be held. A character representing the deity is stamped with red ink on the forehead, which is believed to grant good health.
Naritasan Shinshoji is located at 1 Narita, Narita City, Chiba Prefecture and is open 24 hours a day (conferment center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from January 1 to 28).
Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji (Kawasaki, Kanagawa)
Visitors: around 3 million
One of Japan’s leading Yakuyoke Daishi (ancient priest Kukai who wards off evil)
Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji, built 890 years ago, is popular for the Yakuyoke Daishi. Collect the temple’s vermillion stamps of the halls in the compound such as the Main Hall and the Yakushi Hall.
Kawasaki Daishi Heikenji is located at 4-48 Daishimachi, Kawasaki District, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. It is open from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily until March 2020 except 21st of every month when it opens at 5:30 a.m. and 20th of every month when it closes at 9 p.m. (schedules may vary).
Sensoji (Asakusa, Tokyo)
Visitors: around 2.95 million
Tokyo’s oldest Kannon-sama (Buddhist goddess of mercy)
Sensoji is one of the most popular temples and shrines that worship Kannon-sama. You’ll enjoy strolling within the grounds as you see the Nitenmon, which is designated as a National Important Cultural Property, and the impressive Five-Storied Pagoda. The Main Hall is lit up at night—another sight not to miss.
Sensoji is located at 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito District, Tokyo. It is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until March 2020 (conferment center opens at 9 a.m.) Schedules may vary.
You have to visit these places at least once in your life. Why not start by celebrating the coming year?
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (23 November 2019)