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Setsubun Mamemaki Train | CHICHIBU RAILWAY

February 3 @ 11:00 - 13:30

setsubun mamemaki train 2020

Mamemaki train 2020 – The third annual setsubun mamemaki train will depart from Kumagaya station at 11.24 am on Monday February 3rd.  Mamemaki is bean throwing, a pivotal element of the Setsubun festivities. You throw beans at “oni” Japanese ogres, or demons as they are intermittently called, to scare them away!

setsubun mamemaki train 2020

There will be oni at some of the Chichibu line train stations en route. Which stations remains a closely guarded secret. Children (and parents) can throw beans at the oni on the station’s platform. Accordingly the train will stop in the stations for about nine minutes. If you are going to the end of the line, Chichibu station, mascot oni characters will be waiting to guide passengers to Chichibu Shrine where there are even more festivities.

The mamemaki train itself is one of Chichibu railway special design trains. You can register at Chichibu Railway Kumagaya station where you will receive the beans and a commemoration present. The train leaves from Kumagaya station at 11.24 am. It will make five stops before reaching the terminal Chichibu station at 1.06 pm. The stops are Takekawa, Yorii, Nogami, Nagatoro and Minano.

There are several events being held in Nagatoro and Chichibu on setsubun. The wintersweet festival is a popular event and easily accessible from the Nagatoro station on the Chichibu railway line. 

Map and links in the grey details box at the bottom of the post. 

Official setsubun mamemaki train event web page for 2020. Featured image and 2019 images from the official website. 

You can find even more setsubun and mamemaki events on the main event pages.

The information was up to date and accurate, to the best of my knowledge, at the time of publishing. Please do check with the official website for any last minute changes. 


February 3
11:00 - 13:30
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