Oji New Year's Eve Fox Parade


posted on April 21, 2016

Legendary foxes march around the city on New Year's Eve.

If you get boared spending the same old New Year's Eve, this is the event for you! According to a local folk tale, foxes gathered the Oji area from all over Japan and disguised themselves in human costume to visit Oji Inari-jinja Shrine. Every year Oji Inari-jinja honored this legend with the first shrine visit of the year event inspired by the tale. Locals disguised as fox in human costumes and parade the town with lanterns, which represent the light of life and hope, and wishing for happiness of the children. Sake and snacks are offered at the parade.

*Event dates and programs may be subject to change.

Schedule (from 2015)
Dec 31, 2015 at Shozoku Inari-Jinja Shrine
9:30pm: Bonfire
10:30pm: Ceremony of braking open sake barrel

Jan 1, 2016
12am: Parade starts from Shozoku Inari-Jinja Shrine
1pm: Parade reaches at Oji Inari-Jinja Shrine
Prayer and ritual

8-min walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Oji Station
10-min walk from JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, Oji Station

Date Time Entry Address
Dec 31, 2017~Jan 1, 2018 09:30 pm~02:00 am Free 2-30-14 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo
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