Getting Rid of Misfortune & Welcoming Spring

【Feb.2 - 4】 Getting Rid of Misfortune & Welcoming Spring

  1. Setsubun Festival at Heian Shrine

    Getting Rid of Misfortune & Welcoming Spring
    February 3rd, which is one day before Risshun (the first day of spring according to the
    lunar calendar), is called Setsubun in Japan. It’s not a national holiday, but is widely
    celebrated throughout the country. Mame-maki (bean throwing) ceremonies are performed on the day. Traditionally, people throw roasted soy beans throughout their home, shouting “oni wa soto’’ (demons out) and “fuku wa uchi’'(fortune in).
    These beans are called fuku mame (fortune beans). It is believed that people will be healthy and happy if they eat the number of fuku mame equal to their age. Bean throwing ceremonies are held at many temples and shrines around the country. People visit to get beans and thus obtain good fortune. Visit shrines and temples near you in Kyoto on Setsubun!

    Feb. 2 & 3
    Suga Shrine
    From 15:00 on the 2nd, the bean scattering ceremony will be held
    A unique charm like folded paper which used to be a love letter in old times will be distributed by men wearing ancient Heian era costume (¥1,000).
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kumano Jinja-mae
    Feb. 2-4
    Feb. 2 - 4
    Yoshida Shrine
    This is the largest Setsubun festival in the city; Attending is believed to help in warding off misfortune; During the event people come to burn old amulets,papers and other personal possessions in a huge bonfire
    A number of food stalls lined up along the approach to the shrine are open until very late
    The Setsubun ritual is from 18:00 on the 2nd
    On the 3rd, the Karo-sai festival will be held from around 23:00 and its grounds will be packed with many people!
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kyodai Seimon-mae
    Feb. 3
    Rozan-ji Temple
    The temple’s Setsubun ritual is known as Oni Odori (demon dance).
    The oni demon dance: from 15:00,and bean scattering from 16:00, old amulet burning from 17:00.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Furitsu Idai Byoin-mae
    Tel: 075-231-0355.
    Feb. 3
    Heian Jingu Shrine
    Kyogen performance:11:30-14:00
    Setsubun Festival: from 13:00
    Auspicious bean scattering from 15:00
    Setsubun bon fire: from 16:00; Free amasaké(Japanese sweet saké) service (all day).
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, get off at Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan Heian Jingumae
    Tel: 075-761-0221

The information on this site is reprinted from the February 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.01.25