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Updated: March 1, 2024

Setsubun-e Celebration 節分会

Sensoji Temple, 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo

Note: The 2024 installment of this event has already taken place.

Setsubun is a traditional bean-throwing event held at shrines and temples across Japan. It marks the end of winter. First held for the common people at Sensoji Temple, this large event was memorialized in a legendary old guide to the famous places in Edo (Tokyo's historic name).
Usually participants shout "Demons out; fortune in!" as they throw beans, but at Asakusa's celebration, the phrase is changed to "Long life, fortune in!" This is because it is believed that no demons can be present in front of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy to whom the temple is dedicated.

At the celebration you can also see the "seven lucky gods" dance, which is one of Sensoji's most famous rituals. After the dance, famous personalities connected to Asakusa throw beans and make merry around the temple grounds. This bean-throwing ceremony starts around 16:00 and is hosted by the Asakusa Tourism Federation.

How to Get There

  • Asakusa Station|5 min on foot
    Tobu SKYTREE Line|Ginza Line|Tsukuba Express
  • Asakusa Station|Exit A4|5 min on foot
    Asakusa Line

Your current location:

Eastern Tokyo



Opening Hours

  • Parades start at around 11:30 and 13:30.
  • The Buddhist service will be followed by mamemaki bean throwing, and then the Fukuju-no-Mai dance.

Please check the official event website for the latest updates on opening dates and times, prices, and other information.