Festivals & Events Jan of Kids in Kansai

This website is to provide information about Kansai to foreign families.


●Jan. 1st New Year's Day
●The 2nd Monday in Jan. Coming of Age Day

Jan. 7th Rice gruel is eaten with seven kinds of vegetables to prevent sickness & to give your stomache a rest after New Year's meals.

Jan. 1st


Saitan Sai in Kyoto

Kamigamo Shrine

339 Motoyama, Kamigamo, Kita-ku, Kyoto
Kamo-wake-ikazuchi-Jinja in the Kita Ward of Kyoto is the oldest Shinto shrine in the ancient city.

Ofukucha in Kyoto


It is a festival for the first tea ceremony of the first three days of the New Year.

Jan. 1st-3rd

Arima Hot Spring Irizome Shiki in Hyogo

Arima Onsen is one of the oldest springs in Japan. This traditional event started in the Edo Period.
If you take the cable car up Rokko Mtn., there is a petting zoo.
You can see about 30 kinds of animals in the safari park by car or in the zoo.
You can ride a pony, pet small animals & feed them.

Jan. 4th

Toka Shinji in Osaka

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

A lot of people visit the temple praying for a good harvest and their happiness.

Kemari Hajime in Kyoto

Shimogamo Shrine

The Kemari game held at Shimogamo Shrine was played in the court of the Heian period.

Jan. 9th-11th Toka Ebisu (The 10th Day Ebisu Festival)


Ebisu (The God of Business) Festival held at all the Ebisu Shrines.
Imamiya Shrine / Horikawa Ebisu Shrine in Osaka

The Ebisu Festival extends over three days, the 9th being the Festival Eve, the 10th the Ebisu Festival Proper & the 11th the Leftover Lucky Day. A large crowd of worshippers
gather with bamboo in hand to pray for a good business year.

Nishinomiya-Ebisu Shrine in Hyogo

The Nishinomiya Ebisu shrine is the Head shrine of Ebisu.

There are 3 500 shrines in the whole country.

Kyoto Ebisu Shrine in Kyoto

125 Komatsu-cho, Yamatoojidori Sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto

Coming of Age Day

Coming-of-Age Day in Kyoto

Fushimiinari Shrine

The festival celebrates men & women entering adulthood at the age of 21.

Jan. 14th

Doya Doya Shitennoji in Osaka

One of Japan's three major strange festivals.
Men in fundoshi-hachimaki scramble on top of each other to be the first to reach for a symbolic card.

The day before Coming of Age Day (the 2nd Monday)

Burning of Wakakusaya Mtn. in Nara

Official site
It is a New Year's festival since 1760, to celebrate fire by burning the mountain.
TEL: Nara Park Management Office: 0742-22-0375

The 3rd Sunday

Toshi-ya Sanjusangen-do in Kyoto

New adults gather in Sanjusangendo Temple in Higashiyama & participate in Japanese archery. People dressed in traditional costumes shoot arrows at the targets.

Jan. 21st

Hatsukoboichi, Toji in Kyoto


A New Year's poetry event. Crowds of people with parts of a poem search for each other to complete the poem and wishes each other good health when they find them.
Kobo Ichi is held every month on the 21st.
TEL: 075-691-3325

Jan. 25th

Hatsutenjin no ichi in Kyoto

Kitano Tenmangu

The first Tenjin Festival of the year. Tenjin Festivals are held every month on the 25th.

End of Jan.-Feb. (Depending on the lunar calendar.)

Chinese New Year's Nankinmachi in Hyogo

Official Site
The Chinese celebrate the New Year by having a lions dance & setting off firecrackers. There are a lot of different Chinese foods that can be bought & eaten while walking around. It is a very colourful event but also very crowded.