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 enjoy the tradition of Tanabta in true Kyoto style.
The Horikawa Site will offer romantic productions such as the “Milky Way of Light,” which replicates the beautiful Milky Way full of stars, and the “Yuzen Nagashi of Light,” which embellishes Horikawa River with light and beautiful Yuzen silks. The Kamogawa Site will create a wondrous world with productions such as the “Furinto,” a wind chime installation of refreshing sounds, and the “Walkway of Bamboo and Light,” an enchanting path of illuminated bamboo shoots.
At each site, visitors can purchase “Picture Postcard Strips” (100 yen each) for writing wishes and attaching them to bamboo leaves. In addition, many temples and shrines in the area will be putting up Tanabata decorations and offering special nighttime admissions.
Horikawa and Nijo Castle site (Main site)
Date : AUG 4 to 10 (Horikawa), AUG 1 to 15 (Nijo Castle) Lit up : 19:00 to 21:30 Access : Near Nijo-jo-mae station on the Tozai Subway Line
Kamogawa site (Main site)
Date : AUG 4 to 10 Lit up : 19:00 to 21:30 Access : Near the Keihan Line Sanjo station or Gion-Shijo station
Near the Hankyu Kyoto Line Kawaramachi station
5-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae station on the Tozai Subway Line
Kitano Tenmangu site
Date : AUG 4 to 16 Lit up : Sunset to 21:00 Access : 5-minute walk from the Randen Kitano Line Kitano-Hakubaicho station
Date : AUG 11 to 12 Lit up : 19:00 to 21:00 Access : 8-minute walk from Higashiyama station on the Tozai Subway Line
Umekoji Park site
Date : AUG 3 to 12 Lit up : 19:00 to 22:00 Access : 15-minute walk from Kyoto station