Festivals in Kyoto

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  • Setsubun Mantoro Lantern Festival

    Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara, Japan

    "This is an event which has continued for 800 years and most of the lanterns have been donated by ordinary citizens with the exception of a…

  • Omizutori Festival

    Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Japan

    Priests at Todai-ji Temple, famous for its enormous statue of Buddha, confess their sins before the Eleven-faced Kannon enshrined in Nigatsu-do…

  • Sagicho Matsuri Festival

    Himure Hachimangu Shrine, Omihachiman, Japan

    "On Sunday evening in mid-March, people dance excitedly amid showers of fire sparks around the blazing Sagicho floats. This explains why this…

  • Mifune Matsuris

    Oigawa River, Kyoto, Japan

    The scene of a boat party on a river from 1,000 years ago is reproduced by some 20 boats on the Oigawa River flowing through Arashiyama…

  • Gion Matsuri

    Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

    The Gion Matsuri, familiarly known as 'Gion-san,' is a festival held at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, and the highlight is the splendid pageant of some 30…

  • Jidai Matsuri

    Heian Jingu Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

    A festival held at the Heian Jingu Shrine, the Jidai Matsuri is one of the three largest festivals of Kyoto together with the Aoi Matsuri -…

  • Kurama no Hi-Matsuri

    Yuki-jinja Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

    This festival held at Yuki-jinja Shrine reproduces the scene of receiving the deity in Kurama. At 6 o'clock in the evening, watch fires…

  • Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

    Wakamiya-jinja Shrine, Nara, Japan

    The On-Matsuri is a festival held at Wakamiya-jinja Shrine which stands in the precincts of the Kasuga Taisha Grand Shrine. It was first organized…

  • Okera-Mairi Festival

    Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

    Okera-Mairi is the name for the visits made to the Okera Matsuri festival from late at night on New Year's Eve to New Year's Day. This ritual is…