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Nara Daimonji Fire Festival/ Nara

When: August 15, 2019 @ 20:00 – 21:00
Where: Tobihino

Daimonji Okuribi 「大文字送り火」is a fire festival to honor the spirits of ancestors as it’s said that they come back to this world every year of this time. You may know the famous fire festival, “Gozan-Okuribi” in Kyoto. Nara has the same one a day before Kyoto. An enormous Chinese character 「大」which represents for the universe,…

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Arashiyama Floating Lantern Event/ Kyoto

When: August 16, 2019 @ 19:00 – 21:00
Where: Arashiyama

Arashiyama Toro Nagashi「嵐山灯籠流し」 The lanterns carrying prayers will be floated on the Katsura-gawa river in the darkness. It is believed that the spirits of ancestors come back to this world every year on August 16.  On the same day, Gozan-okuribi, one of the most famous Kyoto’s summer events is also held for the same purpose.…

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Cherry Blossom Lit Up in Uchiage-gawa Ryokuchi Park

When: March 28, 2019 – April 6, 2019 all-day
Where: Uchiagegawachisui Ryokuchi Park

About 200 cherry trees in the park will be lit up with special LED to create a magical atmosphere. Those beautifuly lit up cherry blossom reflected on the surface of the pond is a breathtaking view.  It’s a good spot for admiring, photography.   There are also some food stands during the event, you can…

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Gion Shirakawa Sakura Lit up/ Kyoto

When: March 29, 2019 – April 7, 2019 all-day
Where: gion shirakawa

Cherry blossoms lined on the Gion Shirakawa dori, one of the Kyoto’s iconic street will be lit up to create a fantastic atmospere.  It will be very special to stroll along the Shirakawa river with illuminated cherry blossom, under the moonlight. [wc_fa icon=”clock-o” margin_left=”” margin_right=”” class=””][/wc_fa] Lit-up : 18:00 to 22:00 during the period [wc_fa…

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Shogunzuka Seiryuden Special Lite-up in Spring/ Kyoto

When: March 29, 2019 – April 14, 2019 all-day
Where: shogunzuka

Seiryuden, a large wooden structure on the mountaintop of Higashiyama, Kyoto offers spectacular panoramic views over the city of Kyoto below.  In spring, visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of lit-up cherry blossom in the night. Location : Seiryuden Lit-up : 17:00 to 21:30 Admission : 500 yen

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Kodai-ji Temple Special Night Visit in Summer

When: August 1, 2019 – August 18, 2019 all-day
Where: 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 Temple

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Fujinomori Matsuri / Kyoto (Yearly)

When: May 1, 2018 – May 5, 2018 all-day
Where: 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…

koriyama castle

Oshiro Matsuri Festivals/ Nara

When: March 24, 2019 – April 7, 2019 all-day
Where: Koriyama Castle

Koriyama Castle’s ruins are famous for cherry blossom viewing spot.  Oshiro Matsuri festival held during the season attracts visitors with cherry blossoms, and various events including the goldfish exhibition. Weeping cherry hanging down along the moat is very beautiful. They are lit up with lanterns at night making a magical atmosphere. Lit-up : 18:00 to…


Byodo-in Temple Special Night Visit/ Kyoto-Uji

When: April 5, 2018 – April 9, 2018 all-day
Where: Byodo-in Temple

Byodo-in Temple in Uji, The Phoenix Hall, well known as its feature on the 10 yen coin and the beautiful garden will be lit up to create fantastic atmosphere with cherry blossoms and the image reflected in the pond. Hours : 18:30 to 21:00 Admission : 600 yen Location : Byodo-in Temple

Winter Illumination at Umekoji Park/ Kyoto

When: February 2, 2018 – February 14, 2018 all-day
Where: Umekoji Park

Kyoto Starlight Accessories Illumination, About 30,000 LED are lit at Umekoji Park during the winter. The stream and the promenade will be colored with dazzling stardust accessories, and the paths to the illumination areas are gently lit up with about 300 paper-framed lamps. Hours : 17:30 to 21:00 Admission : Free Umekoji Park

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Kitano Tenman-gu Plum garden/ Kyoto

When: February 8, 2019 – March 31, 2019 all-day
Where: Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine grounds offer you to 50 kinds of 2000 plum tree blossoms. You can enjoy walking through the plum grove paths inside the plum garden and have some tea on the stools while admiring the blossoms. They look beautiful when they are in full bloom and the Plum’s sweet smell comes from the colorful…