Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Ebisu Shrine in Gion is just across the road from Kennin-Ji, the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto.
Both were built in 1202 and the Ebisu shrine was built to protect Kennin-Ji.
The main kami is of course Kotoshironushi, the official name of Ebisu.
There are numerous secondary kami enshrined within the grounds, including Hachiman and Sarutahiko.
Gion Ebisu is included in the "top 3 Ebisu shrines", and the major Toka Ebisu Matsuri takes place here in early January.