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Updated: November 19, 2018

Daikoku Matsuri Festival だいこく祭

Kanda Myojin Shrine, 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
Mid January 2020

People from all over Japan visit Kanda Myojin Shrine to make wishes for the new year. They ask for everything from a happy home to commercial success and new relationships—not necessarily romantic ones, but stronger and happier ties to others.

The Daikoku Festival is held close to Coming-of-Age Day, a holiday held in honor of those who just turned 20. At the Daikoku Festival, a Shinto dancer dresses as Daikoku, the deity of fortune, and greets new adults by shaking his lucky mallet above their heads.

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-16:00
    Misogi (ritual purification): January 26 (Saturday), from 10:00
    Shijoryu Hochodo (fish-filleting ritual): January 27 (Sunday), from 12:00

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