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Ofusa Kannon Rose Festival/ Nara (Yearly)
Oct 19 – Nov 30 all-day
Ofusa Kannon Rose Festival/ Nara (Yearly) @ Ofusa Kannon Temple | Kashihara-shi | Nara-ken | Japan

In spring and autumn when the temple’s roses are in full bloom, Visitors can enjoy about 2,300 varieties of roses and smell their fragrances while strolling through the temple grounds.

Date : May 15 to June 30 and October 19 to November 30 every year

Open: 7:00 to 17:00

Admission : Free

Location : Ofusa Kannon Temple

Access : 10-minute walk from Unebi station on the JR Sakurai line or 25-minute walk from Yamato-Yagi station on the Kintetsu Osaka line


Kurama Fire Festival/ Kyoto (Yearly)
Oct 22 @ 18:00 – Oct 23 @ 02:00
Kurama Fire Festival/ Kyoto (Yearly) @ Kurama-dera Temple | Kyōto-shi | Kyōto-fu | Japan

The Kurama Fire Festival is counted as one of the three great unusual festivals of Kyoto. Held in Kurama, a small town in northern Kyoto. The Kurama Fire Festival is filled with lit torches and iron baskets holding fire.   You may experience incredible spectacle of the danger of so much fire so close at hand.  The festival reaches its climax when one or two hundred of the torches are gathered on the stone steps in front of the main gate of the temple and everyone begins chanting “saireyaa, sairyo” in unison.

Date : OCT 22 Every year

Location : Kurama-dera Temple, Yuki-jinja Shrine

Access : 3-minute walk from Kurama station on Eizan Electric Railway.


Kodai-ji Temple/ Evening illumination
Oct 25 – Dec 15 all-day
Kodai-ji Temple/ Evening illumination @ Kodai-ji Temple | Kyoto | Kyoto Prefecture | Japan

Kodai-ji Temple’s garden has a pond with autumn trees planted around it. During the fall leaf season, the area is lit up, creating a magical atmosphere with the bright colors of trees reflected in the pond.

Lit up : Sunset to 22:00 during the period.

Admission : 600yen

Access : 15-minute walk from Gion-Shijo station on the Keihan main line

Location : Kodai-ji Temple


Shogunzuka Seiryuden Autumn color Lit up/ Kyoto
Oct 25 – Dec 1 all-day
Shogunzuka Seiryuden Autumn color Lit up/ Kyoto @ Shogunzuka | Kyōto-shi | Kyōto-fu | Japan

The Shogunzuka mound, located on a top of Mt. Higashiyama, its 2 observatories offer you a spectacular night view of the entire city of Kyoto below with the red leaves lit up.

Lit-up : 17:00 to 21:30

Admission : 500 yen

Location : Shogunzuka Seiryuden

Shoren-in Temple Special Night Visits/ Kyoto
Oct 25 – Dec 1 all-day

Shoren-in Temple’s beautiful gardens make a mysterious atmosphere at night. Visitors can enjoy strolling the path along 4 beautiful gardens, and all the wooden buildings are nicely lit up with autumn leaves.

Lit-up : 18:00 to 22:00

Admission : 800 yen

Kyoto Kitayama Halloween
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day
Kyoto Kitayama Halloween @ Garden of Fine Arts | Kyoto | Kyoto Prefecture | Japan

Kyoto’s biggest Halloween celebration is on around the Kitayama area with pumpkin carving, a costume parade and craft market, game and food stalls. This is family-friendly event, so everyone is welcomed.


OCT 26 : 9:30 to 21:00,  OCT 27 : 9:30 to 17:00

Admission : Free

The costume parade starts from 13:00 to 15:00 on OCT 28 (SUN)

You need to register in advance, if you want to take part in the parade.

Participation : 1,000 yen for adults or 500 yen for children

Access : 3-minute walk from Kitayama station on the Subway Karasuma line

To-ji Autumn Illumination/ Kyoto
Oct 26 – Dec 8 all-day
To-ji Autumn Illumination/ Kyoto @ To-ji Temple | Kyōto-shi | Kyōto-fu | Japan

Kyoto’s landmark, The five story pagoda at To-ji Temple is lit up with autumn colors. Easy access from JR Kyoto station.

Lit up : 18:30 to 21:30

Admission : 1000 yen

Access : 5-minute walk from Toji station on the Kintetsu kyoto line. 15-minute walk from JR Kyoto station

Jidai Matsuri Festival 「時代祭り」/ Kyoto
Oct 26 @ 12:00 – 16:00
Jidai Matsuri Festival 「時代祭り」/ Kyoto @ Kyoto Imperial Palace | Kyoto | Kyoto Prefecture | Japan


A parade from the Imperial palace to Heian-Jingu shrine.

A grand ancient-costume procession where the long history of Japan unfolds before the spectators.

This is a fine opportunity for taking a close look at the costumes, accessories and fittings which are reproduced with the quintessence of Kyoto’s traditional handicraft techniques.

A festival held at the Heian Jingu Shrine, the Jidai Matsuri is one of the three largest festivals of Kyoto.

The highlight of the festival is the Jidai Gyoretsu (Historic Pageant): a mikoshi (a portable shrine) and a suite of some 2,000 people dressed in costumes representing various eras of Kyoto’s 1,200-year history parade through the city.

12:00  the procession departs from Kyoto Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace), and parades over a total distance of 4.6 kilometers.

Karasuma Marutamachi (12:30) → Karasuma Oike (12:50)  → kawaramachi Oike (13:20) → Kawaramachi Sanjo (13:30) → Sanjo Jingumichi (14:10) →

14:30 arriving Heian Jingu Shrine . The line of the parading people stretches over a long distance.

This is an ideal festival for overseas visitors wishing to learn more about Japan and to see the chronological changes in Japanese costumes and customs.

(Dates and functions are subjects to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.)


Amano Hashidate Winter Fireworks Display/ Kyoto
Oct 27 @ 19:30 – 20:00
Amano Hashidate Winter Fireworks Display/ Kyoto @ Amanohashidate | Miyazu | Kyoto Prefecture | Japan

Fireworks brighten the night sky and Amanohashidate, one of the Japan’s most scenic views. Fireworks looks more clear and beautiful in the winter’s dry air.

A number of fireworks : 2,000

Access : Direct Hashidate limited expresses run four times a day and connect JR Kyoto Station to Amanohashidate in 106 minutes (¥4,310).
Bus : Tankai bus from JR Kyoto station bus terminal, platform C2. It takes about 2 hours (¥2700), runs twice a day.

Japanese Ceramics and Pottery market/ Himeji, Hyogo
Oct 31 – Nov 4 all-day
Japanese Ceramics and Pottery market/ Himeji, Hyogo @ Otemae park | Himeji-shi | Hyōgo-ken | Japan

The annual Himeji Pottery Market gathers japanese traditional pottery and ceramics from across the country to display their wares for sale. You can find famous Japanese potteries cheaper than the market price, such as Kiyomizu(Kyoto-style pottery), Arita, Karatsu, Shigaraki, Imari and others.

Hours :10:00 to 17:00

Access : 10-minute walk from JR Himeji station