Events and Festivals in Kyoto

  • Aoi Festival: This festival usually takes place in the month of May. It is also known as the Kamo festival and is held at the Kamigamo and Shimogamo Shrines. The origin of the festival dates back to approximately 1400 years. A horse is made to run with bells attached to it, in the hopes of abundant harvests.
  • Jidai Festival: This one takes place in October. In the morning, a shrine procession travels from the Heian Shrine to the Kyoto Imperial Palace. At noon, processions representing each era parade through the city and return to the Heian Shrine. A must see phenomenon while in Kyoto.
  • Gion Festival: The Gion Matsuri festival is referred to as one of Japan's biggest three festivals. Celebrated in July, ornate, portable shrines and floats called mikoshi are paraded down the streets of Kyoto. Children adorned in traditional make up and musicians playing various instruments sit atop these floats and entertain the audience.
  • Gozan Fire Festival: The Gozan Okuribi is a well-known and loved summer event in Kyoto. Five large bonfires are lit on the slopes of five mountains which surround Kyoto city. A spiritual festival, it is celebrated to pray for peace upon ancestors’ souls. 

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