Kyoto’s three famous festivals you can not miss.


  1. Kyoto’s three famous festivals “Aoi festival”
  2. Kyoto’s three famous festivals “Gion festival”
  3. Kyoto’s three famous festivals “Jidai festival”
  4. Summary

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Today I will introduce Kyoto’s three famous festivals, “Aoi festival”, “Gion festival”, “Jidai festival”.

In kyoto, the festivals called Kyoto’s three famous festivals. They are wonderful and fabulous.

Please check it out.

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1.Kyoto’s three famous festivals “Aoi festival”

Date: 15 May

This festival is also known as the Kamo festival, and is held at both the Kamigamo and Shimogamo Shrine. The origin of the festival dates back to the time of the Kinmei Emperor (approximately 1400 years ago). The grain at the time was not ripening, and this was seen as a curse from the Kamo-god. A horse was made to run with bells attached, and an abundant harvest resulted. This tradition continued unbroken, and came to be celebrated on a grand scale from the Fujiwara era.
The name of the Aoi Festival originated from the tradition of offering geraniums (aoi) to the gods, and decorating the temple, attendees and ox carriages with geranium leaves. Wearing elegant costumes of the Ocho era, the refined charm of the envoy and public servants parading through the city represents old-style Kyoto.

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Aoi festival has been known as one of the three great festivals of Kyoto.
The fresh green of Miyakooji to from Kyoto Imperial Palace Shimogamo-Kamigamo Shrine, elegant matrix of “heian emaki” it is scriptures of pictorial, auspicious shrines and temples, draw high priest of biography, such as narrative and Tsukurimonogatari to painting, to appreciate the screen to change scroll,  just like more than 500 staff in total will walk the batter.
In Kyoto’s oldest festival, has Aoi leaves are decorated in all of the matrix.

This festival started from the Kyoto Imperial Palace Shimogamo, and to Kamigamo Shrine, so you should be better to focus on either of Shimogamo Imperial Palace & Kamigamo shrine (or Kamo Road), or  Shimogamo shrine.

2.Kyoto’s three famous festivals “Gion festival”

Date: 1-31 July

This festival, one of the three largest in Japan, along with the Kanda Festival in Tokyo and the Tenjin Festival in Osaka, Clasts for almost a month. With the ceremonial Mikoshiarai (washing of the portable shrines) on the 10th through to the Kankou Festival on the 24th as its centerpiece, it spreads over the whole of Kyoto’s Shijo-douri. This festival began approximately 1100 years ago when, as a prayer for the end of plague, a total of 66 pikes (one for each of the provinces) were made and sent with portable shrines to Shinsen-en. From the beginning of the modern era, with textile workers based in Nishijin and merchants from Nakagyo gaining power, common culture reached a peak. With their expertise, economic power and virtuous spirit, the dazzling Yamaboko floats were perfected in the Edo era, and may still be seen today. From the 13th to the 16th of July, the ‘kon-chiki-chin’ Gion Rhythm (Gion-bayashi) is played in each town where the pikes are made, and the festival reaches its peak on the 17th, with the Yamaboko Float Parade (Yamaboko Jyunkou).

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Kyoto Gion Festival will be held in July in the Yasaka Shrine. I variety of events is carried out over a one month, but I think the most climaxevent is parade of decorated floats .

Parade of decorated floats walks around the Kyoto city, and it started from the Shijo Karasuma ,turn left at the Shijokawaramachi , and from there will be Shinmachi Oike goal to take a course to after the West advanced to Oike Kawaramachi.
Parade of decorated floats will take this route about 2 and a half hours.

And in these terms(1-31 July), public transport (subway, bus) is crowded.

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3. Kyoto’s three famous festivals “Jidai festival”


Date: 22 October

This festival, falling within the Autumn sight-seeing season, was started in the 28th year of the Meiji era (1895), when the 1100th anniversary of Heian Sento (the relocation of the capital) was celebrated.
In the morning, the shrine procession travels from the Heian Shrine to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and at noon, processions representing each era parade through the city, and return to the Heian Shrine. Over the course of one hour, the evolution of cultural items and clothing over 1000 years is recreated. Especially in the Edo era procession, old-style demeanor and interesting items of clothing belonging to the Yarimochi, Kasamochi, Kyosekimochi, and Warajitori groups may be seen.

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This festival start from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Heian Jingu Shrine.

Route details are below.

Kyoto Imperial Palace(12:00) → Karasuma Marutamachi (12:30) → Karasuma Oike (12:50)  → kawaramachi Oike (13:20) → Kawaramachi Sanjo (13:30) → Sanjo Jingumichi (14:10) → Heian Jingu Shrine(14:30)
(Time stated above will be sometimes a little behind schedule.)

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“Jidai Festival” to be held in the center of Kyoto, is a matrix of even 2,000 people dressed in costumes from the Heian to the Meiji era. Spectators will be glad popular festival for many history lovers.

My recommended spot to see this festival is near around Kyoto Imperial Palace.

The reason is this spot start point of the festival, and make you easy to watch all of a matrix of even 2,000 people dressed in costumes.


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Well, in Japan, there is so many be held festivals , but these three big festival is my really recommended festivals, if you visited Japan.

So would you like to join these festivals when you come to Japan? 🙂

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