Okera Mairi: Old Year’s Eve at Yasaka-jinja Shrine
Want to ensure peace and prosperity for 2020? Head to Kyoto’s Yasaka Shrine on the 31st of December for the Okera Mairi ceremony, which is supposed to ensure just that.
If you arrive a little earlier – the
ceremony for the purification of sins starts at 3pm.
Events begin at 7pm on December 31st and wrap up at about 5am on January 1st, when the Whote Birch ceremony begins. The Yasaka Shrine is 10 minutes walk up Shijo Dori from Gion-Shijo Station.