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Best Annual Festivals & Events in Kyoto
- While spring and autumn are the two most popular seasons to visit Kyoto, there are a wide variety of seasonal events and festivals that allow tourists to embrace the beauty of the ancient capital throughout the year. Here's a monthly guide to all of Kyoto's major events, so be sure to check them out if you want to brighten your itinerary. January ー Sunrise viewing at the Kyoto Tower Kyoto Tower Seeing sunrise on New Year's Day is believed to bring luck for the entire year, which is why people flock to the observation deck of the tallest landmark in the city - the Kyoto Tower. It takes place from 6:30 am to 8:00 am but is on a first-come-first-served basis, so try to arrive there before it opens.Admission is 1,000 yen for middle-schoolers and above. ー Special Winter Light-up Event at Kifune Shrine Kifune Shrine February ー Setsubun Festival Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Setsubun (節分), a traditional event, held on February 3rd every year.People throw beans to drive away evil spirits on this day and many shrines and temples in Kyoto host admission-free Setsubun Festivals. The festival usually falls on either 2 or 3 days around February 3rd.They usually involve traditional dance or lots of stalls, as well as bean-throwing. Yoshida Shrine, Yasaka Shrine, and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine are all popular destinations in Kyoto. Yoshida Shrine March ー Higashiyama Hanatouro Hokanji (Yasaka Tower) Kyoto Hanatouro Promotion Council Creative Lighting Design Competition Kyoto Hanatouro Promotion Council In early to mid-March (March 6th to 15th, 2020), the ancient streets of the Higashiyama area are wrapped with beautiful lanterns to create an atmospheric nighttime scene. The illumination starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 9:30 pm daily. While walking along the illuminated streets, you can visit famous sites like the Yasaka Jinja, Kodaiji and Kiyomizu-dera, as well as beautiful Ikebana Promenade. Lanterns and Flower Lane(Neneno-michi Ave.) Kyoto Hanatouro Promotion Council April ー KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival KYOTOGRAPHIE（C) JR Kyoto Isetan One of the few international photography festivals in Japan, KYOTOGRAPHIE runs from mid-April to mid-May in Kyoto. Exhibition venues are scattered across the city, displaying photographs of various cultures and backgrounds. Admission fees vary depending on the venue but visitors can also purchase an inclusive festival pass or one-day pass to visit multiple sites. KG＋, an open-entry art festival for emerging talents, is also held during this festival period. KG＋ May ー Aoi Festival Aoi Festival Aoi Festival is one of Kyoto's three great festivals, along with the Gion and Jidai Festivals. It takes place every year on May 15 to demonstrate the aristocratic culture of the Heian period with a large procession. Backed by beautifully decorated hollyhock leaves, more than 500 participants wearing traditional costumes parade from The Kyoto Imperial Palace at 10:30am before arriving at Kamigamo Shrine around 3:30 pm. You can reserve a paid seat in advance or find spots on the roadside for free. June ー Ajisai Festivals Yokokuji Temple Mimurotoji Temple June and July are usually rainy in Kyoto but you can still enjoy the water-loving, colorful hydrangeas.Yokokuji Temple attracts tourists with its water-filled basins, which are decorated with eye-catching arrangement of hydrangeas.Mimurotoji Temple (also known as the “Hydrangea Temple”) boasts a collection of one million hydrangeas and offers weekend-only night illumination events (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm), as well as a daytime viewing festival. Mimurotoji Temple July ー Gion Festival Gion Festival Gion Festival is an annual festival at Yasaka Shrine that takes place over the entire month of July. While various religious ceremonies and events are organized, the highlight is definitely the large procession known as Yamahoko Junko (山鉾巡行). It features 25-meter tall floats decorated with colorful Nishijin textiles. The procession routes will be closed to traffic and filled with food and drink stalls instead. The dates of Yamahoko Junko vary by year, so be sure to check the schedule in advance. August ー Kyo no Tanabata Festival Kyo no Tanabata Festival Tanabata generally falls on July 7 when two heavenly lovers are allowed to reunite over the starry sky. In Kyoto, the Kyo no Tanabata Festival (京の七夕) takes place around mid August across the city, based on the lunar calendar. Sites like Nijo Castle and the Kamo River are mystically decorated with illuminations and paper lanterns at night, inviting those who honor the tradition of making a wish once a year. September ー Japan Umeshu Festa Japan Umeshu Festa If you want to drink Japanese alcohol other than sake, you should try umeshu (plum wine). The Japan Umeshu Festa in Kyoto takes place over a four-day period in mid-September every year at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. You can sample or even purchase more than 140 brands of umeshu from all over Japan. Pre-sale tickets are available for 1,300 yen at 7-Eleven convenience stores and same-day tickets are available for 1,500 yen. October ー Jidai Festival Jidai Festival Jidai Festival is one of Kyoto's three major festivals. It celebrates the long-established culture and history of Kyoto with a two-kilometer-long procession displaying historical costumes and characters from the ancient Heian to Meiji periods. The first edition of this festival dates back more than 100 years and was held to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of Kyoto’s founding. It takes place on October 26 this year (and October 22 next year). ©NAVITIME JAPAN. 旅行ガイド 楽しい旅をサポートする、便利なお役立ち情報をお届けします。
Enjoy a romantic dinner on Kamo River's Terrace
- Every year between May and September, many restaurants along the Kamo River between Nijo street and Gojo street put up temporary wooden platforms, creating fascinating dining spots called Noryo-yuka 納涼床. The design allows patrons to enjoy the refreshing combination of the river’s sound, the cool night breeze, and the mystical reflection of the street lights on the river.
- It’s true that Kyoto in an age of peak tourism can be crowded, but, that’s simply the nature of the place, which has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries. The truth is that there are still moments of relative serenity to be found, if you’re willing to find them. Head out for an early morning jog, run or stroll along the Kamo River and you will quickly find yourself in unfamiliar territory. Taking Pontocho as a starting point, it’s only about a two mile jog up to where the Kamo River and the Takano River meet, and an ambitious jog could easily take you all the way up to quarters of the city that look very little like the dense neighborhoods of central Kyoto.
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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.
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