Dating back to the Heian period and one of Kyoto's three greatest festivals, the Aoi Festival is held annually by Kamomioya Shrine (Shimogamo Shrine) and Kamowakeikazuchi Shrine (Kamigamo Shrine), two Shinto shrines still deeply influenced by dynastic traditions and customs. Originally consisting of an Imperial court ceremony, roadside ceremony, and shrine-front ceremony, today the Imperial court ceremony is omitted. Both the shrine-front ceremony and roadside ceremony are well-worth seeing. In the shrine-front ceremony, a dance performance called the Azuma-asobi is offered to the gods. In the roadside ceremony, a parade of over 500 people dressed in the spectacular traditional costumes worn by the Heian nobility travels from Kyoto Imperial Palace past Kamomioya Shrine to Kamowakeikazuchi Shrine.
Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku
Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Kamigyo-ku [map]
- 2019/5/15 10:30Start
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Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
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- View route from Station View route from Bus Stop View route from IC View route from Parking
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Kyoto Main Areas
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.