Mar. 03, 2017 UPDATE

Yasaka Shrine’s Setsubun Festival

- 節分祭 -
PeriodFebruary 2-3
VenueYasaka Shrine
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Maiko Dance and Bean Throwing at Yasaka Shrine’s Setsubun Festival
Source:http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/ Yasaka Shrine is an ancient shrine in the popular tourist area of Gion. Every year in February the shrine is bustling with visitors come to see maiko – apprentice geisha, dance and throw beans. The festival runs from February 2nd to 3rd, and during the festival you can see maiko from four geisha districts of Kyoto. There is a lot to the Setsubun festival at Yasaka Shrine: you can buy lucky beans that come with a lottery ticket, get a paper amulet on a stick that keeps the evil at bay for a year, and eat zenzai red bean soup that wards off evil. Every year there are Setsubun festivals with demon exorcism and bean throwing at most of Kyoto’s shrines, but the most “Kyoto-like” festival has to be the Yasaka Shrine Setsubun Festival. The graceful dance and bean throwing by the maiko is certainly worth a visit!
A Dance Offering by the Maiko and Geiko of Ponto-cho
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A Dance Offering by the Maiko and Geiko of Ponto-cho
Source:http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/ In the two days of the Yasaka Shrine Setsubun festival, maiko and geiko from four different geisha districts perform a dance offering and bean throwing. It is also fun to notice the differences in the kimonos and dances of the maiko and geiko from different geisha districts. On February 2nd from 1PM, the maiko and geiko from Ponto-cho perform their elegant dance.
A Dance Offering by the Maiko and Geiko of Gion Higashi Kabukai Geisha House
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A Dance Offering by the Maiko and Geiko of Gion Higashi Kabukai Geisha House
Source:http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/ On the second day of the festival, on February 3rd, there is a dance offering by the maiko and geiko of the geisha house of Gion Higashi Kabukai. A maiko and geiko dance is a rare sight even for those living in Kyoto. The sight of the maiko and geiko wearing their beautiful kimonos dancing their graceful dance is something you won’t forget. After each of the dances, the maiko and geiko are going to throw beans.
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Buy Lucky Beans and Get a Lottery Ticket
On the day of the Setsubun festival you can buy lucky beans that come with a lottery ticket for 300 yen a bag. All tickets are winning tickets, so the beans can be said to be good value. There are some great prizes like electronics. The drawings are held from 10AM to 5PM during the Setsubun festival. We recommend you try your luck!
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The highlight of the Yasaka Shrine Setsubun Festival is the bean throwing. Many people participate in the festival just to see the bean throwing by Gion’s maiko and toshiotoko and toshionna, men and women born in a year with the same zodiac sign as the current year. Of course the festival is not only about the bean throwing, the beautiful dance offering is also a highlight.
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Yasaka Shrine’s Setsubun Festival / 節分祭
Phone +81 75-561-6155
Address 625, Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 605-0073, Japan
Directions < From JR Kyoto station> Take City Bus 206 to Gion bus stop < From Keihan Gion Shijo station > 5 minute walk.
Event time On both days the festival starts at 10AM. <February 2>  At 1PM Maiko and geiko from the Ponto-cho Kabukai geisha house perform a dance and throw beans  At 2PM Maiko and geiko from the Yasaka Gagakukai geisha house perform a dance and throw beans  At 3PM Maiko and geiko from the Miyagawa-cho Kabukai geisha house perform a dance and throw beans  At 3PM Shijo Han’eikai Shopping Street Promotion Association bean throwing <February 3>  At 11AM Heian period Imayo song offering and bean throwing  At 1PM Maiko and Geiko from Gion Kobu Kabukai perform a dance and throw beans  At 3PM Maiko and geiko from Gion Higashi Kabukai perform a dance an throw beans  At 4PM Shijo Han’eikai Shopping Street Promotion Association bean throwing
Cancellations Rain or shine
Price range
Free admission
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Yasaka Shrine is popular tourist destination with good access. Locals and tourists alike flock to the festival because it is a chance to see maiko.
Information They have an English homepage
Lanuages spoken Only Japanese
URL1 http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/en/
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