Hatsu-Ebisu, held within the Atsuta Shrine precinct at Kamichikama Shrine and the adjoining Okuninushi Shrine and Kotoshironushi Shrine, is a festival praying for prosperity in business, the safety of one's family, and bumper catches for those involved in fishing. Despite the ritual taking place at midnight, the precinct overflows with excitement as scores of worshippers clamor to be the first to pick up a talisman such as a fukukumade (福熊手 / lucky rake).
When: Sun. 5 Jan. (from 00:00)
Where: Kamichikama Shrine (上知我麻神社), Ōkuninushi Shrine (大国主社) and Kotoshironushi Shrine (事代主社) in the Atsuta Jingū (熱田神宮) precinct in Atsuta Ward (熱田区)
Access: A 3-minute walk from Jingū-mae Sta. (神宮前駅, NH33) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線); or an 8-minute walk from Atsuta Sta. (熱田駅, CA65) on the JR Tōkaidō Line (JR 東海道線); or a 7-minute walk from Jingu Nishi Sta. (神宮西駅, M27) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線).
Photo courtesy of Atsuta Jingū