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Snake Festival of Ohiroto | MISATO

January 10 @ 06:00 - 15:00

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Snake Festival of Ohiroto, MIsato City, Saitama Prefecture, January 2020.

Every year on the 10th of January, regardless of the day of the week, there is a snake festival in Katori Shrine in Misato City, Saitama.

There are different elements to this festival. It starts at 6 am with prayers to the snake at the shrine. At around 11 am children carry the snake around the shrine three times. Around 2 pm they burn the snake.

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Image from the official website

If you are interested in snake festivals, there is a large award winning snake festival in Tsurugashima City this August. It only comes around once every four years so it is a rare and special occasion.

Snake Festival Access

The Katori Shrine is a five minute walk, toward route 29, from Musashino Line’s Misato Station.

Another cultural event coming up in Misato City: Dezome.

For more things to do in the New Year and / or  January and / or seasonal events in Saitama Prefecture, please do check the Saitama Events Calendar.

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 or cancellations. The official website does not have this event in their English language web pages, but the city is generally very good for providing information in English.


January 10
06:00 - 15:00
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Katori Shrine
3 Chome-14-5
Misato, Saitama 341-0024 Japan
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