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This month's plans

"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!

May 3rd ~ 12th

Pre-festival events of Aoi Festival

Yabusame-shinji Ritual
May 3rd, 13:00-15:30 @Shimogamo Shrine
This is a powerful ceremony to purify the route of the Aoi Matsuri procession. A man in traditional costume shoots an arrow while riding on horseback.
The forest in the Shimogamo Shrine’s Ground is very crowded on that day. Early arrival is recommended.


Saio-dai Misogi Ritual
May 4th, 10:00~ @Shimogamo Shrine
Saio was a selected woman who served god in ancient times. This ritual is held to purify her role on the stream of Kamigamo Shrine.
The profession with about 50 imperial costumed women look very elegant.

Kamo-kurabeuma Ritual
May 5th, 14:00~ @Kamigamo Shrine
This is one of the former ritual of Aoi Matsuri.
Two men in traditional costumes riding on horse back compete for the fastest time at the ground of the temple.

Mikage matsuri Ritual
May 12th, 9:30~ @Shimogamo Shrine
An elegant Japanse dance and music are performed in the Tadasu-no-mori forest in front of the gate of Shimogamo Shrine to welcome gods from the foot of Mt. Hiei.
This is the important event to start Aoi matsuri.

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  • 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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