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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!

Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社)

Shimogamo Shrine

This month, GTK recommends you play in the river.
Kamo River of course!, and Kiyotaki in the Arashiyama area, Yase area are nice too.
Out to the Biwa Lake is also fine!

@Kamo River around the Imadegawa area

@Yase, in front of Yase Station on Eiden line

@Biwa lake

But in Kyoto, how about in the stream flowing through the shrine?

Shimogamo Shrine holds an annual event called Mitarashi Matsuri in the stream through the shrine in every July.
In this year, it will start 22nd until 30th.

People pay ¥300 yen to enter a designated area on the shrine ground, usually closed to public, and buy a candle.
Take off the shoes and put in the stream.
You may be surprised with very cold water in the stream!!
This is not just an event. It’s sacred ceremony that originated from the ritual purification in ancient times. While wading in the sacred stream, refresh yourself and pray for good health in this summer’s severe heat.

  • 5:30-22:00
  • ¥300

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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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