Aoi festival

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Jun 15 – Jul 13 all-day Sanzen-in Temple
You can see over 1000 various kinds of hydrangeas beautifully bloom from mid-June to mid-July at Sanzen-in Temple Hours : 8:30 to 17:00 Fee : 700 yenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Jul 1 – Jul 31 all-day Shijo-karasuma area
During the Heian period (794-1185), Kyoto suffered a series of natural disasters and plagues. As a form of appeasement to Mother Nature, a thousand years ago during a famine, purification ceremonies called “gouy-e” came into practice. Traditional spears were gathered from all over Japan as well as portable mikoshi (shrines) and offered to pay respect…
Jul 1 – Aug 15 all-day Kibune Shrine
Every year, there are illuminations from July to mid-August at Kibune Shrine in Kyoto. Tanabata is a mythical tale of literal star-crossed lovers take place all over Japan. Orihime and Hikoboshi – the lovers – were separated by the Milky Way but are allowed to reunite on July 7th. The shrine and the area, Tanabata…
Jul 1 – Sep 23 all-day Arashiyama
Ukai is a traditional fishing method in which trained cormorants (large diving birds) are used to catch fish such as sweet fish (Ayu). This type of fishing has history over 1300 years across Japan. Visitors can watch the event either from the river banks or get a seat on a boat. Boat ride : 1800…
Jul 20 – Jul 21 all-day Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
This two days festival is a lively. Thousands of lanterns in the ground and Mt. Inari are lit up for celebration.  Starting from the evening of Yoi-miya, thousands of stone and wood lanterns all over Mt. Inari will be lit up, and donated lanterns will also be hung on the paths throughout the shrine. Throughout…
Aug 1 – Aug 18 all-day Kodai-ji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple offers you a special night visit in summer. Its magnificent temple buildings,the refined Japanese garden and bamboo grove are illuminated. Visitors can also enjoy the projection mapping shows with combination of historical scenery and technology. Lit Up : 17:00 to 21:30 Admission : 600 yen Location : Kodai-ji TempleShare this:Click to share on…
Aug 1 – Aug 18 all-day
Kyo-no-Tanabta is a collection of events held in August, which is when Tanabata falls in the lunar calendar. The events are designed around the theme of “Wishes,” in honor of the tradition of “making a wish once a year.” It is a ten-day event full of magical productions of bamboo and light, where visitors can…
Aug 7 – Aug 10 all-day Gojo-dori street
Gojo-zaka Toki Matsuri (Gojozaka Pottery Festival), the biggest pottery market in Kyoto is held on Gojo-dori street during summer. Various types of potteries are sold at discounted price at over 500 open stalls.  You can find famous Japanese potteries such as Kiyomizu(Kyoto-style pottery), Arita, Karatsu, Shigaraki and others Date : AUG 7 to AUG 10…
Aug 11 @ 19:30 – 20:30 Oigawa-ryokuchi Park
You can see very artistic fireworks, such as ones with special commendations. Paid seats are available. A number of fireworks : 8,000 Date : 11 AUG Hours : 19:30 to 20:30 Fee : Free Access: Kameoka station on JR (15 mins walk)Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter…
Aug 16 @ 20:00 – 21:00 Kamogawa river bank
“Daimonji Gozan Okuribi” is the Buddhist festival of the feast of our ancestors. Known as “the Bon festival”, it is held on the evening(20:00 P.M) of August 16th. Gigantic Kanji characters and other motifs are lit on the five mountains surrounding the city of Kyoto. Now It is a famous as the Kyoto summer image. This…
Oct 1 – Oct 5 all-day Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
Zuiki Festival at Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine/ ずいき祭 This festival is held in appreciation for the year’s grain harvest. The festival began as an offering of new rice husks, vegetables and fruit to the deity. The name comes from the portable shrine, which is adorned with a taro stalk roof. OCT 1, 13:00 to 16:00 For the…
Oct 22 @ 07:00 – 16:00 Kyoto Imperial Palace
  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…
Oct 22 @ 18:00 – Oct 23 @ 02:00 Kurama-dera Temple
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. …
Nov 8 all-day Fushimi-Inari Shrine
Tens of thousands of the ritual tossing prayer sticks gathered from around Japan are burned in bonfires in appreciation of the abundant harvest, to purify one’s transgressions and reduce obstacles, and to pray for one health and happiness. When the prayer sticks on to the fire, the smoke clears and fires begin to rise up from…
Feb 25 @ 10:00 – 15:00 Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine
Every year Ume matsuri “Baika-sai”, at Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine is held on February 25th. One of the main events along with viewing plum blossoms is the special outdoor tea ceremony “Baikasai”. Hot matcha tea and traditional Japanese sweets are usually served by Maiko. If you like drinking a hot cup of matcha tea then you should…
May 1 – May 5 all-day Fujinomori Shrine
Fujinomori Matsuri Festival, 「藤森祭」 is held at Fujinomori Shrine every year from MAY 1 to MAY 5. During the festival, there are many food stalls in the precincts, and portable shrines are carried around the shrine. There are also Japanese drum performances, and a samurai parade. The highlight of this festival is “kakeuma-shinji”, acrobatic horse-riding…
May 15 @ 10:00 – 16:00 Kamigamo jinja
Aoi Matsuri Festival is the most important annual rituals for both Shimogamo Jinja shrine and Kamigamo Jinja shrine. A festival with a 1400 years of continuous history stretching from the Heian period all the way to modern times. The highlight of the festival is the “Roto no Gi”, a tasteful Heian-period dynastic parade with some…
Jul 1 – Jul 31 all-day Shijo-karasuma area
During the Heian period (794-1185), Kyoto suffered a series of natural disasters and plagues. As a form of appeasement to Mother Nature, a thousand years ago during a famine, purification ceremonies called “gouy-e” came into practice. Traditional spears were gathered from all over Japan as well as portable mikoshi (shrines) and offered to pay respect…
Aug 16 @ 20:00 – 21:00 Kamogawa river bank
“Daimonji Gozan Okuribi” is the Buddhist festival of the feast of our ancestors. Known as “the Bon festival”, it is held on the evening(20:00 P.M) of August 16th. Gigantic Kanji characters and other motifs are lit on the five mountains surrounding the city of Kyoto. Now It is a famous as the Kyoto summer image. This…
Aug 23 2020 – Aug 20 2021 all-day Adashino-Nenbutsu-ji Temple
Thousands of candles colors the summer night sky over numerous stone images “Sento-Kuyo” candle festival is held on at Adashino-Nenbutsu-ji Temple in Arashiyama Thousands of candles are lit up for the departed buried in Sai-no-kawara, the river styx that is said to be between the pure land and this world. illuminated numerous stone images creating…