The main sanctuary was built in 1827 by donations from supporters. It is established for the divinity of Sugawara Michizane and Sukunahikona-no-mikoto.
In 1950, the former chief priest used to serve at an Inari Sanctuary inside the house of Mr. Torii who was the founder of Suntory Holdings Limited. At the same time his house was rebuilt the sanctuary was reconstructed inside Hattori Tenjingu. Historically speaking, there is the association between money and legs, since money can move around the world as if it has grown legs. Therefore, based on this narrative, in 1950, the divinity of Ebisu was brought from Nishinomiya Shrine and an Ebisu sanctuary was established. The people and businesses in the region inaugurated the association of Hattori Ebisu and started holding the Hattori Ebisu ceremony for the first time in 1951. In 2003, the name of the ceremony was renamed to Toyonaka Ebisu ceremony, and at present, 350.000 people pay a visit to the ceremony. In 2017, the Ebisu sanctuary was newly rebuilt.
In the beginning of the Edo period (17C), an Inari sanctuary was set up for the divinity of Uka-no-mitama. In 1977, the divinity of twelve horary signs was divided and brought from Fushimi Inari shrine to Hattori Tenjingu. There’s a small Inari sanctuary added by the former chief priest some forty years ago, with characteristic vermilion torii (sacred entrance gate) tunnel. Unusual for an Inari sanctuary there are twelve smaller sanctuaries for each of twelve zodiac animals.
A spirit shelf for ancestral spirits. A spirit shelf for the war dead. The right one is a sanctuary of parishioners who were living nearby Hattori Tenjingu. The left one is a sanctuary of parishioners who were the war dead. We serve a ceremony for their sanctuaries twice a year.
There is a collection of many Japanese straw sandals dating back to Edo times, which is left by worshippers in gratitude for the alleviation of leg and foot problems.
Fujiwara no Uona (721-783) was a member of the Fujiwara clan and occupied the position of Minister in the ancient Japanese court. He is revered as ancestor kami of Japanese cuisine by people in the food industry.
Please take off your shoes and offer two bows, two claps and one bow. After that, sit on the stone and pray for the protection of your legs.
January 1stFirst ceremony of New Year
January 3rdCeremony of Origins
January 9th-11thToyonaka Ebisu FestivalToyonaka Ebisu Matsuri is a festival of business prosperity, which is particularly famous in Kansai area. Many people pay a visit to a Shinto shrine in order to show their gratitude to kami for having brought good luck to them last year. They receive a bamboo branch with a bundle of good luck charms, such as sea bream after returning last year’s one. Furthermore, during this festival, some of the girls play a role in bringing good luck to visitors. We call such girl a Fukumusume (good fortune girl). As a way of cross-cultural communication, since 1997, female students studying in Japan have been elected as the Fukumusume (good fortune girl) at Hattori Tenjingu.
January 15thCeremony of burning of New Year’s decorationsA ceremony where last year's protection amulets are ritualy burned by the shrine for purification.
January 25thTenjin ceremony
February 3rdSetsubun FestivalA festival to pray for good health by scattering parched beans.
February the first horse dayFirst Horse Festival (the Horse, the seventh sign of Chinese zodiac)
May 3rdHattori Inari Ceremony
June 30thGreat Purification CeremonyCeremony to purify one's mind by passing through a sacred grass ring called a Chinowa.
August 24th-25thSummer Tenjin FestivalGrand Annual Ceremony for the Protection of legs. After the main ceremony, there is the special purification ceremony, purifying the visitor's legs human shaped white paper. Shinto priest pat visitor's both of legs with all their heart. We serve "Special Straw lucky charm" free of charge to all attendants.
Sunday close to October 25thCeremony (Carrying Portable shrine)A festival where the enshrined Divinity is carried in a portable shrine.
October 25thGrand Annual Ceremony
Novemberthe ceremony of three, five and seven years of ageA coming of age ceremony for children aged three, five and seven.
December 31stGreat Purification Ceremony
December 31stCeremony of New Year's Eve
Opening time
April - September 06:00 - 19:00
October - March 06:00 - 18:00