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This month's events

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.

May 2012 Highlight events in Kyoto


Aoi Matsuri

It is May in Kyoto and the cherry blossoms of April have scattered, making way for fresh green leaves to blank […]


May 3rd

Yabusame-shinji Ritual

Movie: This is a powerful ceremony to purify the route of the Aoi Matsuri procession. A man in traditional cos […]


May 4th

Saio-dai Misogi Ritual

Saio was a selected woman who served god in ancient times. This ritual is held to purify her role on the strea […]


May 5th

Kurabe-uma-shinji Ritual

Two men in traditional costumes riding on horse back compete for the fastest time at the ground of the temple.


May 12th

Mikage Matsuri Ritual

An elegant Japanse dance and music are performed in the Tadasu-no-mori forest in front of the gate of Shimogam […]


May 1st ~ 4th

Shinsenen Kyogen

This is a unique kind of kyogen, which performers wear masks and perform a kind of mime while chanting. It wil […]


May 6th

Kurama Full moon Festival

On the night of the May full moon, the festival called “Uesaku-sai” is held to pray for the happin […]


May 20th

Mifune Festival

People in Imperial costumes on boats play court music, read Japanese poetry, and more at Kurumazaki-jinjya Shr […]


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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