Date : end January - mid March
Place : Plum Garden , Osaka Castle Park
Time : until dusk
Admission fee : free of charge

The largest Plum garden in Osaka City - 1,250 plum trees of 93 varieties.
You can enjoy the garden from the end of January until mid-March.
Please enjoy not only its beautiful colors of red, white and pink but also its rich scent of the blossoms.

SETSUBUN - Mame Maki

Date : February 3
Place : Osaka Shochikuza Theatre
             Osaka Naritasan Temple

The Japanese have a custom of throwing beans on the second of March, wishing to chase misfortune outside and welcome luck into home. This custom can be seen at major temples. You can experience this event at the following places nearby:- 
Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, Tsutenkaku Tower, Naritasan Fudo-son.


Date : February 2 - 3
Place : Yasaka Shrine , Kyoto
Time : Feb. 2 (1:00p.m.-, 2:00p.m.-, 3:00p.m.-.), Feb. 3 (1:00p.m.-, 3:00p.m.-)
Admission fee : free of charge

Maiko and Geiko scatter beans and rice cakes. You can enjoy the Maiko's dance as well.

SETSUBUN MANTORO - Lantern Festival

Date : February 3
Place : Kasuga Taisha Shrine , Nara
Time : 5:30p.m. -  8:30p.m.
Admission fee : 500yen

A beautiful sight appears being created by 3,000 lit lanterns.


Date : 21st and 22nd of every month
Place : Shitennoji

Time : From morning to evening
Admission fee : free of charge

At Shitennoji Temple - 21st Daisie / 22nd Taishie.

Shitennoji temple is the oldest Buddhist temple, built in Japan over 1,400 years ago.
A flea market has been held on the 21st and 22nd of every month for the last 200 years.
A walk through the market is always an interesting experience.