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"This month's plans" offers you some ideas to visit and feel at peace during your stay as well as enjoy seasonal events in Kyoto. They are mostly in outdoor, including some mountains, so that you can enjoy a green and healthy stay and save money as well!

Hagi flower Festival & Guided tour of Kyoto Imperial Palace

Hagi flower Festival & Guided tour of Kyoto Imperial Palace

GTK recommends you to see a small yet beautiful Japanese autumn flower Hagi if you come to Kyoto in this season. Nashinoki Shrine, located next to Kyoto Imperial Park, is the best temple to enjoy Hagi. You can also see the traditional Shinto performances there. Throughout the day there are many other events. This shrine is famous for the well for “Somei water” which is one of three sacred natural water in Kyoto. The water is freely available for anyone to visit shrine. (For about the well of Nashinoki shrine, see this blog;

Before seeing Hagi in the shrine, why don’t you stop by the place and enjoy a guided tour?
Kyoto Imperial Palace holds a guided tour for overseas travelers twice a day on weekdays free of charge. (At 10:00am & 1:30pm from Tuesday to Saturday)
*For the details of the application, please see “Imperial Household Agency Visit Guide”.


Along with the palace, GTK suggests you to visit the Kyoto State Guest House, located next to the palace in the palace ground.A various kinds of Japanese traditional art and crafts are displayed in each room. They also holds an English guided tour at 12:00 once in a day. The reservation is required in advance.
*For the opening days and an application guide of this facility, please also see the cabinet office’s website.


  • Hagi Festival: September 18th(mon,, 23rd(sat, & 24th(sun)
  • Hagi Festival: Free (If you will participate in the tea ceremony, ¥800 will be needed.) Kyoto Imperial Palace: free, Kyoto State Guest House: ¥1500

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Events Schedule

Flea Markets

  • Every 4th Sunday
  • Kamigamo Shrine
  • Handicraft market in peaceful and quiet grounds of the shrine.
  • Every 15th
  • Chion-ji Temple
  • 8:00-16:00
  • Kyoto's biggest monthly market of handmade goods and crafts.
  • Every 21st
  • To-ji Temple
  • 7:00-16:30
  • Known as Kobo-san, Kyoto's largest market for all kinds of antiques, tools and so on.
  • Every 25th
  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
  • 7:00-16:30
  • Known as Tenjin-san, a popular flea market at one of Kyoto's major shrines. Antiques, food, tools and so on.

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