Events

Cultural in Kyoto

Daimon-ji Gozan Okuribi

This festival is celebrated as a means of bidding farewell to the souls of ancestors. Enormous fires, in the form of Chinese characters or other shapes, are lit on five mountains. The largest fire is burned on Daimo…
Cultural in Kyoto

Kurama-no-hi Matsuri

In perhaps Kyoto's most dramatic festival, the Kurama Fire Festival, huge flaming torches are carried through the streets of Kurama by men in loincloths on 22 October (the same day as the Jidai Matsuri). Note that t…
Parade in Kyoto

Gion Matsuri

Kyoto’s most important festival, Gion Matsuri reaches a climax on 17 July with a parade of over 30 floats and a smaller parade on 24 July. On the three evenings preceding the 17th, people gather on Shijō-dōri dresse…
Parade in Kyoto

Aoi Matsuri

The Hollyhock Festival dates back to the 6th century and commemorates the successful prayers of the people for the gods to stop calamitous weather. These days the procession involves imperial messengers carried in o…
Religious in Kyoto

Setsubun Matsuri

This festival is held on the day of setsubun (2, 3 or 4 February; check with the tourist information center), which marks the last day of winter in the Japanese lunar calendar. Events are held at shrines around the …
Parade in Kyoto

Jidai Matsuri

The Festival of the Ages is of comparatively recent origin, only dating back to 1895. More than 2000 people, dressed in costumes ranging from the 8th century to the 19th century, parade from Kyoto Gosho to Heian-jin…