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Hagoita Ichi Fair 浅草寺歳の市( 羽子板市)

Hagoita Ichi Fair Hagoita Ichi Fair
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Buy a colorful bat for good luck in the New Year

From December 17 to December 19, the yearly hagoita fair attracts thousands of visitors to Asakusa in Tokyo. Brightly colored and artistic, these good luck charms make beautiful gifts or can be used as a unique piece of decor.

Don't Miss

  • Choosing your own hagoita
  • Exploring the many stalls to see all the sizes and designs

How to Get There

The temple is a five-minute walk from Asakusa Station, on the Ginza Line, Asakusa Line and Tobu railway lines.

Hagoita stalls are clustered around the main hall of Sensoji Temple.

What are hagoita

Hagoita are rectangular bats used for playing a traditional New Year's game called hanetsuki, somewhat similar to badminton. However, the bats sold at the market are distinctive, being purely ornamental good luck charms. Each hagoita is decorated by hand using lacquer, embroidery, or silk cloth.

More traditional versions feature handsome kabuki actors and elegant beauties, but you can also find bats decorated with images of popular celebrities, sumo wrestlers, athletes, and even cartoon characters.

Join in the fun

These charms come in a range of sizes, from just a couple centimeters long to over one meter in length.

If you decide to buy one, be prepared to clap your hands in harmony with the seller. It's not tricky, just watch the other buyers and you'll soon pick up the rhythm of this cheerful festival.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

Near Hagoita Ichi Fair

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2. Sensoji Temple
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