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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!

Visiting shrines to purify yourself

Visiting shrines to purify yourself

GTK recommends you to visit some shrines especially this month.
June is said to be the month when people think their past six months of the year and visit shrines to purify their sins.
At some shrines in Kyoto, the ancient Japanese purification to pray for our health in the remainder of the year is held.
You will be surprised to see a big wreath after entering a shrine. It is said that if you pass through it named Chinowa made of a kind of rush in the grounds of some Shinto shrines, you are guaranteed to spend a healthy life in the latter year.

Yoshida Shrine, Heian Shrine, Kitano-Tenmangu Shrine, Goo-jinja Shrine, Kamigamo Shrine, Kibune Shrine, Nonomiya Shrine etc.
Chinowa is being displayed at each shrine from the beginning of June.

If you visit Yoshida Shrine, you can enjoy a short mountain walk on Mt. Yoshida. (105m)
On the way to the summit, there is a nice cafe named Moan, so you can take a break with a nice cup of coffee there.
(the webpage of Moan:

Also, we’d like to introduce a good dessert. This is called Minaduki, if you eat this special dessert on the same day (June 30th), you are guaranteed a healthy life as well!

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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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