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Jidai Matsuri Festival 「時代祭り」
October 22 / 12:00 – 17:00
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.)