Festivals before spring! Events for early February.

【 CONTENTS 】Wed, 3rd February: Honjo-ji Temple’s Oni Dance in Sanjo city, Niigata PrefectureMapFri, 5th February to Thurs. 11th February: Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo city, HokkaidoMapSun, 14th February to Mon, 15th February: Kokuseki-ji Temple’s Somin Festival in Oshu city, Iwate PrefectureMap Wed, 3rd February: Honjo-ji Temple’s Oni Dance in Sanjo city, Niigata Prefecture The 3rd of February is a day called “Setsubun”, and is the start of spring. It is believed that the demon, or “Oni”, is reborn during the change of the season, and events to drive off this Oni are held all over Japan on this day. Honjo-ji Temple’s Oni Dance is one of the famous festivals […]

Events for February


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Honjo-ji Oni dance

Wed, 3rd February: Honjo-ji Temple’s Oni Dance in Sanjo city, Niigata Prefecture

The 3rd of February is a day called “Setsubun”, and is the start of spring.
It is believed that the demon, or “Oni”, is reborn during the change of the season, and events to drive off this Oni are held all over Japan on this day. Honjo-ji Temple’s Oni Dance is one of the famous festivals in Sanjo city, Niigata Prefecture, which is also famous for its ironmonger.
All these colorful Oni with their knives and axes dance on stage, and beans are thrown at them after they dance.

●Honjo-ji Temple’s Oni Dance
Place:Hokekyo Grand Temple Honjo-ji
Access:10 min walk from JR Shinetsu Honsen “Sanjo” station. / 15 min drive from Hokuriku Road “Sanjo tsubame IC”.
Inquiry:0256-34-5511

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三条市西本成寺一丁目1-20

1 -1-20 Nishihonjōji, Sanjō-shi, Niigata Prefecture 955-0845

Sapporo Snow Festival

Fri, 5th February to Thurs. 11th February: Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo city, Hokkaido

There will be about 2 million visitors from all over the world at the Sapporo Snow Festival. The beginning of the festival dates back to 1950, when local students made 6 snow statues. It has now become a very large event, where more than 200 pieces of snow works are exhibited with the help of local volunteers and the Japanese defense army.

Sapporo Snow Festival

●Sapporo Snow Festival
Place:Odori street (From 1 Nishi Odori-koen to Nishi 12)
Access:1 min walk from the subway station, “Odori”
Inquiry:011-281-6400

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札幌市中央区大通西 大通公園

Odori-koen Odori nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo city, Hokkaido

Kokusekiji Somin-sai festival

Sun, 14th February to Mon, 15th February: Kokuseki-ji Temple’s Somin Festival in Oshu city, Iwate Prefecture

Kokuseki-ji Temple’s Somin Festival is one of the three strangest festivals in Japan that are held for a large and successful harvest, as well as exorcism. It is held all night long, with half-naked men fighting over the Somin bag in the snow.
It is said that if you get the bag, the person who grabs it will have a huge harvest in their area that year.

●Kokuseki-ji Temple’s Somin Festival
Place:Kokuseki-ji Temple
Access: About 30 min drive from Tohoku Road Mizusawa IC, 20 min drive from JR Mizusawa-Esashi Station, 25 min by bus from JR Mizusawa station.
Inquiry:0197-22-7800 

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岩手県奥州市水沢区黒石町山内17

Yamauchi 17 Mizusawaku Kuroishichō, Ōshū-shi, Iwate Prefecture 023-0101

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