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 annual festival is held to encourage a rich harvest and happy life. A women’s mikoshi (portable shrine) procession on the Togetsu Bridge is well-known as a highlight of this festival (start at 8:00 on the Katsura RIver). At 16:00, Sagano-rokusai chanting dance will be shown.
This is one of the five celebrations for the changing season in Japan, also called “Chrysanthemum Festival”. You can see a unique sumo game by children, and also a chrysanthemum sake will be served.
Photo : Shimogamo Shrine Japanese people have been attached to the moon, especially the autumn full moon. In ancient time, the nobles enjoyed a party on their boats under the moon, as they played a poem game while drinking sake and eating dumplings. In this season, several moon viewing events are held at some temples, [...]
Kurama-dera Temple is famous for a legend about Tengu, an imaginary long-nosed goblin. It is said that Tengu trained one famous samurai, Minamoto-no-Yoshitsune, on Mt. Kurama in the 12th century. On this day, you can see a martial arts performance in front of the main hall of this temple.
This is a good opportunity to see the Japanese pond garden of Heian-jingu Shrine in which the autumn flowers are blooming. It is free of charge to get in. (usual price ¥600)
Nashinoki Shrine is the best temple to enjoy the Japanese autumn flower Hagi. You can also see the traditional Shinto performances. Throughout the day there are many other events. Also this shrine is famous for the well for “Somei water” which is one of three sacred natural water in Kyoto. (For about the well of [...]