Minato alacarte

Minato City Sample Sightseeing Guide

Tour of Minato’s Seven Deities of Good FortuneBe blessed with good fortune: Tour Minato’s Seven Deities of Good Fortune!

It is said that if you tour the Seven Deities of Good Fortune, your life and property will be protected from seven kinds of disaster, including water, fire and theft, and you will be blessed with seven kinds of good fortune. Those seven kinds of good fortune are love, respect and affection; artistic accomplishment; popularity; good luck and wealth; true courage; integrity and generosity; and long life. Each of the seven deities of good fortune is in charge of one of these areas. The seven deities are said to come from three countries: India (Daikoku-ten, Bishamon-ten, Benzai-ten), China (Fukurokuju, Juro-jin, Hotei-son) and Japan (Ebisu). Some say that Fukurokuju and Juro-jin are just different names for the same deity; others substitute Kichijo-ten (Kissho-ten) for Juro-jin. By the way, Benzai-ten and Kissho-ten are female deities; the rest are male.

The tour of Minato’s Seven Deities of Good Fortune comprises visits to the six shrines and two temples dedicated to these seven deities and their treasure boat. Visiting all eight sites is a three-hour walk (about six kilometers), but if you include a stroll through the neighborhoods of Roppongi and Azabu, you could easily spend a pleasant, leisurely half day.

Sightseeing Model Route

Take Tokyo Metro Namboku Subway Line and get off at Roppongi 1-Chome Station. Cross the pedestrian bridge in front of Exit 3 and walk toward Tameike. Turn left at the first small street, then right at the next street. The first shrine is on the left side (about three minutes’ walk).

Hisakuni Jinja (Shrine) (Hotei-son)

Exit on Roppongi-dori and walk toward Roppongi crossing. Cross and turn right. Enter the street across from the former Self-Defense Agency that runs at an angle to the main street. The shrine is about 150 meters ahead on the right side (about 25 minutes’ walk).

Tenso Jinja (Shrine) (Fukurokuju)

Return to Roppongi crossing. Cross and turn right toward Roppongi Hills. Turn left on Terebi Asahi-dori. The shrine is about 250 meters ahead on the right side (about 23 minutes’ walk).

Sakurada Jinja (Shrine) (Juro-jin)

From Terebi Asahi-dori turn and walk all the way down Keyaki-zaka. Turn right at Torii-zaka. Walk down the hill and turn right at the crossing at the bottom of the hill (Torii-zaka-shita) and walk up Kurayami-zaka. The shrine is ahead on the left side (about 30 minutes’ walk).

Hikawa Jinja (Shrine) (Bishamonten)

Walk down Ipponmatsu-zaka (hill) to Daikoku-zaka. The shrine is at the entrance to Daikoku-zaka on the left side (about 5 minutes’ walk).

Daiho-ji (Daikokuten)

Walk down Daikoku-zaka and turn left at the crossroads where statue of the Girl with the Red Shoes (Akai-kutsu no Onna-no-Ko) stands. Walk along the Azabu Juban Shopping Street. Cross Kan-san-dori and the shrine is directly ahead (about 8 minutes’ walk.

Juban Inari Jinja (Shrine) (Takara-bune or Treasure Boat)

TWalk along Kan-san-dori toward Akabane-bashi for about 700 meters and turn left at “Azabu East Street.” Turn left when you exit onto Sakurada-dori. The shrine is about 150 meters ahead on the left side (about 25 minutes’ walk).

Kumano Jinja (Shrine) (Ebisu)

Cross Sakurada-dori and walk back toward Akabane-bashi. Turn left at the Higashi Azabu 1-Chome traffic light. Turn right at the next street. When you come to the wide street, cross at the traffic light below Tokyo Tower on your left and the shrine is directly ahead (about 8 minutes’ walk).

Hoju-in (Benzai-ten)


back to Sample Sightseeing Route top