About Setsubun Day:
Setsubun Day, which is fixed to Februrary 3 nowadays, is the day before the spring begins. Though Setsubun Day is not a national holiday, many Shinto shrines and large Buddhist temples hold a ceremony called mame-maki, literally translated "bean-throwing", on this day. In this event, people on stage throw soybeans to ouster evil spirits and invite in fortune against the people who gathered around the stage, and those gathered try to catch the beans as lucky charms.
Mame-maki is often accompanied by a short drama. One of those dramas is performed from 3pm at Gojoten Shrine in Ueno Park. Though not so large an event, the drama practiced at this shrine retains pretty old style. This site is also very accessible. For details about this event, see the article on Ukera-no-shinji at Gojo Tenjin Shrine
Below are large mame-maki events held within the 23 wards of Tokyo.
Some more shrines and temples holding relatively large mame-maki events in Tokyo proper on Feb 3.
Shimokita Tengu Matsuri at Shimokitazawa (しもきた天狗まつり)
: 2-36-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo [MAP
] : [Photos
] This is a Setsubun festival held Feb 2-4. The main event (the Tengu Parade held around Shimokitazawa Station) is 2pm-4pm on Feb 3.
Setsubun mame-maki at Kameido Tenjin Shrine (亀戸天神 節分祭豆まき)
: 3-6-1 Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo [MAP
] : Drama & mame-maki from 5:30pm
Feb 1-Mar 29 Hina-matsuri at the Keio Plaza Hotel (京王プラザホテル ホテルで楽しむひなまつり)
: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo [MAP
] : [Official English announcement
] 6,800 hanging hina-kazari on display. Admission free.
Feb 4 Kodomo-kabuki at Teppozu Inari Shrine (鐵砲洲稲荷神社 新富座こども歌舞伎節分公演)
: 1-6-7 Minato, Chuo-ku [MAP
] : Kabuki is perforomed by children from 11:30am.
Jan 28 Hatsu Fudo Taisai at Takahata Fudo Temple
(高幡不動尊 初不動大祭) : 733 Takahata, Hino City, Tokyo [MAP
] : There will be stalls selling daruma dolls and foods. At 2pm there's a children's procession.
Jan 28-29 Nippon Zenkoku Nabe Grand Prix 2018
(ニッポン全国鍋グランプリ2018) : Wako City Municipal Office, 1-5 Hirosawa, Wako City, Saitama Pref. [MAP
] : 10am-3pm. Nabe stew dishes by sixty teams from across Japan compete in this contest. Each dish costs 300-500 yen.<