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Updated: March 10, 2023

Shimokitazawa Tengu Festival 下北沢天狗まつり

2-37-17 Kitazawa, Setagaya City, Tokyo
Late January 2024

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.

Tengu are supernatural beings from Japanese folklore that are often depicted with beaks or long noses. As tengu are regarded as harbingers of business prosperity and good fortune in general, this festival honors these mythical guardians.

This festival is Shimokitazawa's unique take on Setsubun, the Japanese bean-throwing festival. At the Tenkaichi Tengu Parade on January 28, tengu will march down Shimokitazawa's shopping streets to throw lucky beans called fukumame. The procession will be followed by a large parade float that is three meters tall, two meters wide and adorned with a tengu mask.

At other Setsubun events held across Japan during this time of the year, it is customary to chant "Demons out! Good luck in!" Here, however, people say "Good luck in!" thrice, believing that if good luck floods in, it will drive out evil as a matter of course.

Bean-throwing aside, expect other tengu-related merchandise and events. Tengu are said to listen to people's wishes for safety and good luck, so check out this festival to receive the tengu's blessings.

How to Get There

  • Shimokitazawa Station | East Exit
    Odakyu Line | Inokashira Line


Your current location:

Western Tokyo



Opening Hours

  • [January 27, 20:00 – Pre-Event Ceremony]
    Crow-billed tengu will wander the streets and appear at restaurants to scatter lucky beans.

    [January 28, 14:00-16:00 – Tenkaichi Tengu Parade]
    Large tengu and crow-billed tengu will scatter beans to bring good fortune and luck in business as they march through the streets of the Shimokitazawa shopping district. Note: This event will take place even if there is light rain.

    [January 29, 13:00 – Tengu Fukumame Guess-the-Weight Game (Mekata de don!)]
    This day will feature games and a stamp rally.
    Note: 300 places available, first come, first served.

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