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.
In the beginning of February, an annual traditional event called setsubun is held in several temples and shrines in Kyoto. It is the ceremony to drive away the demons which are said to appear when the seasons change. February 2nd & 3rd Shogoin Monzeki Temple Bean-throwing, while chanting “Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi” (out [...]
Haru-no-nanakusa (the seven spring herbs) are grown in Jonangu Shrine’s garden, and said to be purify the body and prevent illness. The rice porridge contains these herbs is served from 10:00. (¥450)
This is the reenactment of the noble’s elegant play in the Heian era. You can go with the procession and enjoy seeing the Heian costumes. Take Kyoto City bus no.4 and get off at Kamigamo-jinjya-mae bus stop.
The plum festival is held to commemorate the death of Sugawara-no-Michizane who is enshrined at this shrine. Maiko and geiko of Kamishichiken district serve matcha tea under the plum trees. Take Kyoto City bus no.50 and get off at Kitanotenmangumae bus stop.
The Fushimi area, about 15 minutes train-ride to the south of the Kyoto station area, is the historical sake brewing district. When you stroll in this area with the distinctive white walls of sake breweries, you can enjoy the sweet malt scent of sake. The cedar ball decoration at the entrance of each brewery is [...]