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The Ome Shichifukujin-meguri (visiting the seven gods in Ome)

Shichifukuji-meguri means visiting each of the temples and shrines which enshrine seven of Indian, Chinese, and Japanese gods symbolizing auspiciousness. The number “seven” was regarded as a sacred number in the Muromachi period, when the folk beliefs of Shichifukujin are said to originate.

It is believed that, by visiting all of the seven gods, seven misfortunes will be avoided and seven fortunes granted. The seven gods are each responsible for: success in business; commerce, agriculture and prosperity; war and victory; financial fortune, music and art; wisdom, luck and longevity; happiness, contentment and good fortune; and longevity. The name of the gods in charge of each of these categories is Ebisu, Daikoku, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Fukurokuju, Hotei, and Juroujin in that order.

The Ome Shichifukujin-meguri course was a relatively new course introduced by Ome City in 1980. It offers visitors an opportunity to visit Enmei-ji, Gyokusen-ji, Seihou-in, and other temples and shrines, all of which have a long and distinguished history of several centuries.

Since the total distance is 15 km, it will take almost a whole day if you walk. A rental bike makes it easier to visit all of them and worship each god without hassle.