Setsubun Kitain Temple Kawagoe – Setsubun is celebrated annually on February 3rd. You can celebrate at home and / or at a setsubun event. Of the setsubun events the mamemaki (bean throwing) ceremony at a shrine or temple is about the most rewarding! Apart from throwing beans from the dias, the participants (of the temple) also throw goods and even money. It is a really interesting and exciting experience.
We have celebrated setsubun at Kitain Temple in Kawagoe a couple of times, but when it was on a weekday. Apart from the various ceremonies that were conducted there were other festivities to be enjoyed at the temple. They have some festival food stalls as well as some stalls selling flowers and plants. They also have various stalls selling good luck charms, mainly Daruma
. There is a spirited and festive atmosphere at the temple.
Rooster type daruma
The bean throwing ceremony for 2019 will be held between noon and 1.30 pm. The actual throwing of the beans from the dias to the eagerly awaiting crowds below is in the last ten minutes, ie 1.20 pm. As this year, like last, setsubun falls on a weekend day, they anticipate a very large crowd. The times we visited it was a weekday and the crowd wasn’t too bad. The kids really loved it. However, please note there is a possibility that children will be frightened by the crowds.
You can read more about our experience here:
Setsubun: catching beans for good luck at Kitain Temple | KAWAGOE
Access Kitain Temple
Kitain temple is about a fifteen minute walk from Tobu Tojo and JR Kawagoe Station and Seibu Hon-Kawagoe station. You can also use a tourist or public bus to get there from any of those stations.
There is parking, but it is often crowded. It costs 500 yen for the day. There are coin parking lots nearby too.
Map and official URL in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.
For more events in Saitama please see the main event pages.