Thu, Feb
03

Heian Jingu Setsubun

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free

One of the best-known Setsubun festivals in Kyoto, this is a great place to drive away those evil spirits and welcome in the new spring season. Priests begin the day with a cleansing ritual at around 1pm, followed by an exorcism performance featuring people dressed as oni (a demon in Japanese folklore) terrifying the crowds before they are banished with beans and chased out of the gates. You can then try your luck at catching some of the lucky bean packets thrown to the crowd by priests as well as Geiko (the Geisha of Kyoto) and Maiko (apprentice Geisha). The day ends with a fire ritual at 4pm that is one of the most impressive in the city.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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