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Tanabata illumination at Kibune Shrine

July 1 August 14


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 wishes on their bamboo stands are brilliantly lit up.


  • Lit-up : Sunset to 20:00
  • Admission : Free
  • Access : 30-minute walk from Kibune-guchi station on the Eizan Dentetsu Eizan Line