Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage / Zōshigaya Shichifukujin Meguri
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Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage / Zōshigaya Shichifukujin Meguri (雑司が谷七福神 めぐり)
The Japanese name for the famous Seven Lucky Gods is Shichifukujin. They are usually Daikoku, Bishamon, Ebisu, Jurōjin, Fukurokuju, Benten (Benzaiten), and Hotei. Some lists substitute Kisshōten for Jurōjin or Fukurokuju. Usually this pilgrimage is done in the first few days of the year, some shrines and temple only participate then, some do so year round. If the pilgrim wants to they can collect a stamped seal or small statue at each shrine or temple. What is provided varies with different pilgrimages. However the Zōshigaya Shichifukujin Meguri can be done anytime as the pilgrim handles the stamping of the shikishi with the red seal on their own at each location. You can apparently only get the shikishi for this pilgrimage at these locations: Zōshigaya Ōtori Jinja, Zōshigaya Kishimojindō Temple, Mitakesan Seiryūin and the Zōshigaya Information Center. The Zōshigaya Information Center sells two other designs that are fancier with color images and cost a little more.
I'll leave deciding on the specific the route up to you, there is no specific sequence you have to follow. The sites on the pilgrimage are: Kanjōin, Mitakesan Seiryūin, Seido Kishimojindō, Sengyōji, Zōshigaya Kishimojindō, Zōshigaya Ōtori Jinja, and Zōshigaya Shichifukujin Hoteison. All of the sites are marked in red in the Tokyo Stroll maps.me bookmarks. This page is just a quick list of the pilgrimage locations. For this reason I also include links in the entries below to more information on the locations. Some of the pilgrimage sites are described on the Ikebukuro Station Area page and some on the Zōshigaya Station Area one as the route spans both. This pilgrimage route is a relatively recent one which was started in 2011.
This temple is on the Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods pilgrimage route for Benten, also called Benzaiten. A statue of her is to the left as you enter the grounds. If you have the shikishi from Ōtori Jinja place the stamp at the bottom center.
Mitakesan Seiryūin (清立院)
The statue of Bishamonten at this temple is a designated cultural property of Toshima Ward. For the Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods pilgrimage place your stamp on the center-left of the shikishi.
Seido Kishimojindō (清土鬼子母神堂)
At this temple there is a statue of Kisshōten, who is also called Kichijōten. She is sometimes listed as one of the Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods in place of Jurōjin, as is the case on this pilgrimage route. The red stamp on your shikishi goes at the middle right.
At Sengyōji for the Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods there is a wooden statue of Hana no Fukurokuju, a female version of Fukurokuju is enshrined here to the right of the main hall. Here you can stamp the lower right-hand corner of the shikishi if you have one.
Zōshigaya Kishimojindō (雑司ヶ谷鬼子母神堂)
Kishimojin is the main deity at this temple and Daikoku is enshrined at this temple for the Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods. The description of where the ink pad and stamp for your shikishi is that I found states "a small hut on the right as you enter the temple grounds." However it does not say which entrance. I assume it is the one on the north east not far from the Kishimojin Omotesandō. The upper right-hand corner is where you stamp the shikishi. A Japanese tradition says that Daikokuten is the husband of Kishimojin.
Zōshigaya Ōtori Jinja (雑司が谷 大鳥神社)
This shrine is the Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods pilgrimage site for Ebisu and a good place to buy a shikishi for the pilgrimage. Ebisu is associated with commerce and the statue of him here has hin seated on a money bag. The stamp for the shikishi here is next to the temizuya where you purify yourself. Place the stamp on the upper left corner of the shikishi.
Zōshigaya Shichifukujin Hoteison (雑司が谷七福神 布袋尊)
This roadside shrine is for Hotei and is on the Zōshigaya Seven Lucky Gods pilgrimage route. The stamp for this location goes in the lower left-hand corner of the shikishi.
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