Japanese Tradition

Join 7-5-3 Celebrations for Children’s health and well-being in Japan

Hello! I’m Sachi in Osaka, the founder of “Visit Japan with Kids” and today, I will write about our Japanese Tradition 7-5-3(Shichi-go-san).

Celebrated in honor of girls aged 3 and 7 and boys aged 3 and 5 families pray for longevity and happiness for their children on November 15th.

You may find cute little girls wearing Kimono here and there around this time of the year.

This Japanese Tradition is very old as it said to have originated in the Heian period(794-1192).

This day, we are custom to visit the shrine to drive out evil spirits and wish for a long healthy life.  Western-style formal wear is also worn by some children nowadays.

Visiting Local Shrine.

Children get “Chitose Ame”, literally “thousand year candy” at the Shrine.

This long, thin, red and white candy, which symbolizes healthy growth and longevity.

All local shrines have Shichi-go-san.

However, if you are a tourist visiting Japan, I recommend you to visit one of the most popular shrines in Japan as you can experience the lively atmosphere and also great to walk around for sightseeing. (I will list few below)

Most families go to the photo studio to take pictures of their children for memory.

Traditional “Shichi-Go-San” Picture

The Modern “Shichi-Go-San” Picture with a little sister.

We always go to the photo studio “Studio Alice” because they are specialized in taking photos of children, so very good with kids.  You can find “Studio Alice” all over Japan.

They have many Japanese Kimono and Western-style dress for rent, You can choose one you like before the photo taking, they will dress the children and do hair and light make up.

So if you are interested in experience the Japanese Tradition” Shichi-go-san”, come and join us in November!!

Hope you find our tradition “Shichi-go-san” interesting. Please let me know if you have any question by writing a comment below or send the message by the contact form.  I will be very happy to hear from you!



If you are interested in Japanese Culture, please read “Experience the Japanese Calligraphy”

Most Popular Shrines to Visit in Japan

Meiji Jingu (明治神宮) (Tokyo)
Opening Days: open every day
Celebration Times: November open 9:00 to 16:00
Address: Meiji Jingu, 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-Cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

meiji Jingu

Sumiyoshi Taisha  (住吉大社) (Osaka)
Opening Days: open every day
Celebration Times: November open 9:00 to 14:00
Address: 1-9-89 Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

Shrine in Osaka

Sumiyoshi Taisha

Heian Jingu (平安神宮) (Kyoto)
Opening Days: open every day
Celebration Times: November open 9:00 to 14:00
Address: 97 Okazaki-Nishi-tenno-cho,Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Shrine in Kyoto

Heian Jingu

Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) (Nara)
Opening Days: open every day
Celebration Times: Octobre 1 to November 30th open 9:00 to 16:00
Address: 160 Kasugano-Cho, Nara-shi, Nara

Shrine in Nara

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    • Ogami Itto
    • January 25th, 2018

    One day If I have a little girl I would like to take her to Japan. This would be an experience for her

      • Sachi Wada
      • January 25th, 2018

      Yes! It would be a wonderful experience and memory for her and the family!

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