Visiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

by Junichi

Visiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

Visiting Seven Deities of Good Luck walking tour in Ikegami Ohta Ward is available to tourist who is awaiting transfer in Haneda Airport. This tour will take about five hours from Haneda Airport or three and a half hours from Kamata Station.
This tour is walking and visiting seven temples that enshrine different kind of guardian gods. Most of Japanese enjoy this kind of tour without religious meaning but just entertainment. Although temples are all Buddhism in this tour, some other 'Visiting Seven Deities of Good Luck' include Shinto Shrine. Buddhism was imported to Japan from India passing through China and Korean Peninsula in the 6th century. Japan became centralized state and legal code state in the early 7th century. The government at that time used Buddhism to control Japanese society. The constitution was based on Buddhism. This thought lasted until middle of the 19th century.
The place where we are visiting is called Ikegami. The most important temple in this area is Ikegami-honmon-ji temple. The temple is one of the 7 most important temples of the Nichiren sect. Nichiren is a sect of Buddhism.
Each seven deities has each different divine favors. Why don't you enjoy walking and getting seven luck. And complete a shikishi (a square of heavy decorated paper for writing poem, motto and others) by yourself.

Colorful banner flagsVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
These flags indicate Seven Deities of Good Luck

Sozen-ji Temple. Hotei-son : Deity of wealth Visiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
We can get a shikishi (a square of heavy decorated paper for writing poem, motto and others) for visiting seven deities. A shikishi is 500 yen.
Dry landscape Japanese gardenVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

a sumo stableVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
A former sumo wrestler Baruto from the Republic of Estonia belonged this stable. He won the champion ship in January 2012. I was in the Ryogoku Kokugikan(sumo gymnasium) at that time.

Bimyo-an Temple. Bisha-monten : Deity of warVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

Bato-kan-non-do Hall. Daikoku-ten : Deity of good harvestVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

Honjo-in Temple. Fuku-roku-ju : Deity of happiness to be blessed with real children, asset and longevity

Gonjo-in Temple. Benzai-ten : Deity of entertainmentVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

Hongyo-ji TempleVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
This is the place where Saint Nichiren passed away in 1282.

A pagoda (a national important cultural property)Visiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
Saint Nichiren's ash in there.

The main hall of Ikegami-honmon-ji TempleVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

A five story pagoda (a national important cultural property)Visiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

One of sub-templesVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
There are beautiful pine tree and plum blossoms.

Myoken-do Temple. Ju-rojin: Deity of longevityVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

a tomb in Edo eraVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
This is the place where a grand daughter of Ieyasu TOKUGAWA was buried.

an ancient burial moundVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda AirportVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
It's from 6th century.


Japanese citrus called 'Yuzu'Visiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

Yogen-ji Temple. Yebisu: Deity of fisheryVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

Approach way to Ikegami-honmon-ji TempleVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport

ShikishiVisiting Seven Deities of Good Luck near Haneda Airport
You stamp your shikishi by yourself. And when you finished your visiting, your shikishi would be completed. It will be good memento for yourself.


10 Nov 2017


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I'm a licensed English Speaking Tour Guide. I'd like to let you go on a walking tour in Tokyo or Tokyo's neighboring areas. Walking around Tokyo might add good memories to your trip. It's a private group tour in English which is provided by the licensed tour guide.


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