Setsubun in Kyoto means Setsubun festivals. On the day of Setsubun almost all of Kyoto’s temples and shrines have Setsubun festivals. A festive mood runs through Kyoto when demons are driven off and beans are thrown in the temples and shrines. If you ask a person from Kyoto “What is Setsubun in Kyoto?” their answer is going to be Yoshida Shrine’s Setsubun festival. This festival is held every year for three days and half a million people go there! This festival is an event we from Sharing Kyoto can heartily recommend to Setsubun first-timers and veterans alike! In part one we are going to thoroughly analyze Yoshida Shrine’s BIG festival and give you four tips on how to enjoy it!