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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!

Strolling around the last market of the year

Strolling around the last market of the year

If you have a plan to come to Kyoto in Christmas holidays, GTK recommends you to enjoy popular markets at a temple or shrine.
One is held at Toji Temple that is famous for 5-story-pagoda, which is firstly seen from the window of Shinkansen bullet train when the train enters a platform of Kyoto Station. This temple market, called Kobo-san, is held on every 21st of the month and in last month of the year is biggest and most exciting (most crowded as well).

Other is in Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, located northern than Toji, which is well-known as the God of Study and a beautiful plum garden in the temple ground. The market nickname, Tenjin-san is held on every 25th and the last month’s is biggest same as Kobo-san.

Both of the markets have many booths selling unique stuff including antique kimono, table wares, interior items as well as food and plants for welcoming a new year. It would be a good chance to see Japanese special food or ornaments for a new year and, of course to enjoy shopping Japanese souvenir as well.

  • Kobo -December 21st, 8:00-16:00, Tenjin -December 25th, 5:30-21:00
  • Kobo -Toji Temple, Tenjin -Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

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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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