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Nagano Setsubun Festival

Nagano Setsubun Festival

Setsubun (節分) means the last day of winter, or the day before the beginning of spring. It is held on February 3rd every year. This day is also known as the Bean-Throwing Festival in English. In Japanese tradition, it is believed that when one season changes into an other, evil spirits becomes active and come into the human world. And in order to exorcise the evil spirits, bean-throwing events are held at many temples and shrines all over Japan.

Setsubun, Zenko-ji temple Nagano

Zenkoji-temple has its long history of celebrating Setsubun and holds the biggest bean-thrown event in Nagano. At this event called “Nagano Setsubun Festival (長野節分会),” people gather in front of the temple hall and try to catch bean-sacks thrown from the temple building.

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13:00 - 15:00

February 3rd

Free

Approx. 60-minutes from the Jigokudani Monkey Park

From Nagano Station you can either walk for 20 mins or take the bus from platform 1 to Zenko-ji Temple.