The temples and shrines in Kyoto have been keeping their rituals and events from the olden days.
They are traditional, sacred and a pleasant experience. We'd like to introduce them every month.
They are worth to visit during your stay.
This is one of the big three chanting kyogen spectacle in Kyoto. Seiryo-ji Temple was built in 987 on the foot of Mt.Ogura. Performance is held three times a day on April 1st, 7th and 8th.
This shrine enshrines a god of sake. You can enjoy the traditional Shinto dance and music at 10:00. And Kyogen performance will be offered to the deity. Take Kyoto City bus no. 28 and get off at Matsuo-taisha-mae stop. http://www.matsunoo.or.jp/english/english01.html
This traditional and exciting performance held at the Mibu-dera Temple’s ground is famous throughout Japan. The performers wear masks and perform a kind of mime with exaggerated gestures. Mibu kyogen is held 5 performances a day from 13:00-17:00. Take Kyoto City bus no.26 or 28 and get off at Mibudera-michi stop.
It is a special 5-days when you can enter the palace without your passport and any procedure. This is the best season to visit there and see the imperial cherry trees.
Daigo-ji Temple is the best temple to see cherry trees in the west part of Kyoto City. About 150 people dressed in costumes of 16th century re-enact a cherry blossoms party held by famous Shogun “Toyotomi Hideyoshi” at 13:00-15:00. The event will be cancelled in the case of rain. Take subway Tozai line and get [...]
Kamigamo-jnjya Shrine, established in the 7th century, enshrines a god of thunder. Local people worship this shrine to drive out misfortune. A traditional poem ceremony will be held in the garden of Kamigamo jinjya Shrine at 13:00. Traditional Japanese music will be also played. Take Kyoto City bus no.4 and get off at Kamigamojinjya-mae stop. [...]
Hirano-jinjya Shrine is famous for having about 400 beautiful cherry trees. You can see a gorgeous procession underneath many cherry trees by people wearing court costumes. Night time illumination available from the end of March to the middle of April. Take city bus no. 205 or 50 at Kyoto Station and get off at Kinugasako-mae [...]
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine is famous for a thousand of red Shinto gates to the top of mountain. This shrine is worshiped as a god of business and rice harvest. People carry 5 portable shrines and parade at 11:00. Take JR or Keihan line and get off at Fushimiinari Station. http://www.inari.jp
You can see an elegant poetry game by people dressed in traditional Heian period kimono at a beautiful garden of Jonan jingu Shrine. The game will start at 14:00. The game will be cancelled in the case of rain. Take Kyoto City bus from subway Takeda Station and get aff at Jonangu-higashiguchi-mae stop.