July1st ~ 31st
Gion Matsuri Festival
Gion-Matsuri Festival is a festival of Yasaka Shrine located in eastern Gion, which started in the 9th century. It was originally held to drive away the evil spirits.
32 “hoko” big floats, which used to be the symbols of each prefecture in old Japan, are completely constructed in the middle of July. Their decorations are amazing!
You can enjoy the hoko riding, the unique music called Gion-bayashi with the Japanese drums, flutes and bells. The hoko procession on July 17th, called “a moving museum” is the climax of the festival.
Don’t miss this chance to see the living culture of Kyoto moving and other traditional events during the festival!
Welcoming lanterns at Yasaka Shrine, 16:30~
Mikoshi purification at Shijo-ohashi brigde, 20:00~
10th ~ 15th
Hoko construction at the Hoko towns
14th ~ 16th
Eve of the grand Procession at the Hoko towns
Traditional Japanese Perfornance at Yasaka Shrine, 15:00-18:00
Tea ceremony Festival at Yasaka Shrine, 9:00~
Grand Procession, starts at Shijo Street, 9:00~
32 hoko floats meet at Shijo-karasuma and start a procession, led by Naginata-boko, to the east on Shijo Street.
The cutting of the sacred rope by a specially chosen child and the large-scale turning of the floats called tsujimawashi are the highlights of the procession.
Flower umbrella Procession at Yasaka Shrine, 10:00~
Kyogen performance at Yasaka Shrine, 11:00~
Mikoshi purification at the corner of Shijo Street and Kawabata Street, 20:00~
Summer purification Ceremony at Yasaka Shrine, 10:00~