Your Fortune Doesn't Have To Be In Cookies...Try "Omikuji" At Shrine Or Temple In Japan!

Here is the information about “Omikuji (a paper written oracle)” which you will find a lot in Chinese and Japanese shrines and temples. Mostly written in Japanese but if you go to Asakusa Sensoji Temple, you can find English written Omikuji too!

You may plan to go shrines and temples while you visit Japan, right? You see these pieces of paper hanging but what are they?

Have you seen this box?

This is called Omikuji or paper fortune used in shrines and/or temples.

We love Omikuji! Japanese people go shrines/temples in the beginning of January and take this paper to see their fortune for the year.

Experience Omikuji at Sensoji Temple...Even In English!

Sensoji Temple gets the most tourists of any temple in Tokyo. Most shrines/temples don't translate their Omikuji, but this temple offers you the paper fortune in English for tourists from all over the world! Let's see your fortune here at Sensoji Temple!

The picture below is the building where you can get Omikuji, located on your right from the entrance.

Get It Now! See What It Says...

It costs 100 yen. Put the coin in the slot.

Take this hexagonal cylinder and...shake it with your wish to get a good one!!

A thin stick comes out from a hole at the bottom.

The number is written on the stick in Kanji.

Find the same number on the shelves and get a piece of paper. If it is hard to find, ask someone around you, they will be happy to help!

Get one piece, not all of them!

This is how to get Omikuji at the Sensoji, but most shrines/temples put a folded paper fortune in a box and you simply pick one.

Ta-da! Oh, oh, oh... Bad fortune!?!?
Well...I had no luck...

Omikuji has four different results.

  • Daikichi...Excellent fortune
  • Kichi...Good fortune
  • Chukichi...Average good fortune
  • Shokichi...Average fortune
  • Kyou...Bad fortune
  • Daikyou...Great misfortune

Not just good or bad, Omikuji gives you advice on how you should live with the result of your fortune. My friend got Kichi (Good luck)!! See how different they are?

Even if you get a bad one, still be in good faith and live clean, then it may be changed! If you get a good one, keep your faith and your good fortune will stay with you!

Tie It Or Not...What To Do With Your Omikuji After?

Traditionally, the next step is to tie your paper to this rack if you don’t want its fortune.

If the rack was full or there is no rack to tie, you can tie it on a twig.

If you are satisfied with the fortune on your paper, keep it in your wallet/purse. But if you are not, tie it and wish that your fortune gets better.

I will show you how in case you get a not-so-good one just like me!

Fold paper thinly and make it look like a ribbon.

And tie it onto the bar.

Ta-da!

It is very unique to see your fortune in English at the Japanese temple in Asakusa!

Try it when you visit Sensoji Temple!

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Written by y_a_j_i

This is Yaji that was born in Nagano and living Tokyo now. I love drinking, especially Japanese sake and Japanese tapas. I will introduce many great restaurants and bars all over Tokyo!

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