Tenryuji Shichifukujin is a tour of the seven gods of good fortune scattered in seven sub-temples of Tenryuji Temple.
Shichifukujin is the collective name for seven deities. Normally they are Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Ebisuten, Jurojin, Fukurokuju, Benzaiten, and Hotei. Worshipping the Seven Gods of Good Fortune will remove seven kinds of misfortune and bestow seven kinds of happiness.
However, Tenryuji’s Shichifukujin is different from the usual seven gods of good fortune, as they include Fudo Myoo and Inari instead of Hotei and Jurojin.
Every year, the Shichifukujin Meguri event is held in conjunction with the Setsubun Festival at Tenryuji Temple. Visitors can also visit the Seven gods of Good Fortune anytime.
Whereabouts of Tenryuji Shichifukujin
Daikokuten in Sanshuin
Daikokuten is the god of good harvest, success in life, and prosperity in business.
Bishamonten in Kogenji
Bishamonten is the god of accomplishment in martial arts, protection from evil spirits, and domestic safety. Kogenji’s Bishamonten stature is an important cultural property.
Benzaiten in Zisaiin
Benzaiten is the goddess of academic achievement, improvement in various arts and sciences, and the bestowal of blessings and virtues.
Fukurokuju in Shogenji
Fukurokuju is the god of fortune, prolonging life, and inviting good fortune.
Ebisu in Eimeiin
Ebisu is the god of prosperous business, good harvest, and great catches.
Fudo Myoo in Juneiin
Fudo Myoo is the god of expulsion of misfortune, healing of illness, banishment of pestilence, physical health, domestic safety, and national security. In general, he does not belong to the Seven Deities of Good Fortune.
Hotoku Inari in Myochiin
Inari is the god of a good harvest and prosperous business. Myochiin also has a tofu restaurant.