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Monday, July 26, 2010

Yoshida Shrine Kyoto

Yoshida Shrine吉田神社

Kyoto's Yoshida Shrine is just east of Kyoto University, nestled against the base of the hills that surround the city.

In the past, the shrine enjoyed imperial patronage.

Today it is a quiet refuge for neighbors and students.

Its most well-known event is the annual "setsubun" bean throwing ceremony that signals the end of winter.

On this night, Feb 3rd, people scatter soybeans to drive evil spirits out and bring in good luck.

On that night, revelers gather at Yoshida Shrine and drink and party until the wee hours.


Kyoto city bus No.17, 102 or 203 to the Kyoto University of Agriculture bus stop. By Kyoto city bus No.31, 65, 201 or 206 to the bus stop near the gate of Kyoto University. Or by Keihan train to Demachiyanagi station, and from there walk for about 15 minutes.

Open: 9:00~16:00
Admission Fee: Free

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