Midwinter bathing, a purification ceremony wishing good health throughout the New Year. Men wearing only loincloths are purified first by priest's prayer and then again when they enter into the icy water in a big tank on the grounds of the shrine.
Schedule & key events:
Location: Teppozu Inari-jinja Shrine, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
(1) Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line or JR Keiyo Line to Hatchobori Sta. (H 11)(Exit A2,B3), and then walk 5 min. (2) Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line to Shintomicho Sta. (Y 20)(Exit 7), and then walk 10 min.
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.