28 Seven Gods Walk – Motosumiyoshi

This is a 10.9KM walk around Motosumiyoshi. You can find the map here:

This was a long, long walk and previously I had biked 50km, so maybe I wasn’t in the best mood for this walk…but it felt really long. And now I am soooo tired I can barely write this.

I didn’t find anything about Motosumiyoshi on the web, or about Kawasaki..just lots of motorbikes.

On with the walk shall we. The first temple is quite close to the station…oh and if you are hungry there are lots of places to eat by the station before you set off. I had an avocado freshness burger and it wasn’t!

So, the first temple is the home of Hotei.

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I think this used to be a lovely shrine in days gone by, but the close proximity of a school and a car park detracts a little from the ambience. Just a note, it was a very bright day which made taking pictures a bit tricky at times.

The second stop is about 3km away according to the book, but Google maps makes it shorter, but not by much. This stop is the home of Jurojin.

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I liked this shrine/temple there was even a little hut to sit in with a drink and a sandwich. Whoever is encased in the stupa must be pretty important or well loved.

The next part of the walk went along Tama River which was nice. I even saw a Welsh Collie!

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The third stop is dedicated to Ebisu.

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This is the actual shrine. Many of the shrines were open on this walk as I went on 13th January…luckily after all the crowds of new year..but I got caught in another kind of crowd which you will see later.

On to stop number four, dedicated to Daikoku the man with the magical hammer. It is a lovely, quaint temple with a great gate. The statues are in full view and not behind any wires or glass.

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I love these covered walkways.

On the way to stop number five you will walk past Todoroki Ryokuchi which is a large sports area and happens to be near a city hall or museum. Plus close to the home of Kawasaki Fontale. I chose to do the walk on a public holiday..coming of age day! So there were tens or hundred of 20-year-olds all dressed up, you can read more about that special day here.

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Ok on with the walk, stop number five dedicated to Bishamonten..GGGRRRRRR …since 1573 and it has a lovely red tiled wall and gate.

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No Hotei…I am looking for Bishamonten

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These kinds of statues make me a little sad 😦

The next stop left you in no doubt what-so-ever about who it was dedicated to….Benzaiten galore! Apparently since 1520, so she has had time to settle in and invite some friends for tea.

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Last stop, last stop!!! and it is close to a station..score!

Thank you Fukurokuju, that is lucky. But the book only has the date 1966, which was a fantastic year, but really?? Only been here since then?

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Thank you seven gods…just two to go!!! A little excited.

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