from 7/1 '18 to 7/31 '18
It is a festival at Kyoto Yasaka Shrine. Its history is old and has continued for more than 1100 years.
It is a large-scale festival that lasts for one month starting from Kippuiri on July 1st every year to the Ekijinja Nagoshi Matsuri Festival on the 31st, the Yoiyama on the 16th, Yamahoko Junko on the 17th has the most people and very popular, but the festival Actually there are many shrines and events during the period.
It is one of the larggest festivals in Japan that is counted as one of the top three biggest festivals such as "The Top Three Kyoto Festivals", "The Top Three Great Japanese Festivals", "The Top Three Greatest Hikiyama-matsuri Festival in Japan", and "The Top Three Beautiful Festival in Japan".
It is not a festival of only Yasaka Shrine and Ujiko (Shrine Parishner), but widely popular as a festival in Kyoto, so other than a ceremonial occasion, There are plenty of places of interesting things to look and enjoy such as a gorgeous Yamahoko Junko, Byobu (folding screen) festival, Hanagasa Junko parade (a line with Kasaboko (combined umbrella and halberd carried on floats) and Uma-osa Chigo (costumed child of festivity riding a horse) headed parading at downtown areas such as Shijyo Street), street stalls and street vendors.
The Yoiyama "Saki-Matsuri" is held for 3 days from "Yoiyoiyoiyama" on 14th to "Yoiyama" on 16th, and in the evening Komagata lantern hanged with lighted Yamaboko accompanied by the sound of Gion Ohayashi (Japanese orchestra) pulls the city. From Yoiyama 15th and 16th evening, you can stroll along and enjoy the pedestrianized streets of Karasuma-dori and Shijyo-dori.
Highlights of the festival are the 33 Yamaboko held on 17th and 24th. "Yamaboko of the Kyoto Gion Festival" is regarded as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. The highlight of Yamaboko are the view of gorgeous Yamaboko and "Tsuji-mawashi". The Naginataboko taking the lead of Yamaboko parade is called a "Moving Art Museum", which has gorgeous gold foiled Shachihoko (mythical carp with the head of a lion and the body of a fish) and Mizuhiki ( decorative Japanese cord made from twisted paper) are decorated on the front roof, phoenix by design by a famous painter of the Edo period Ito Jyakuchu is drawn at the back and decorated with Naginataboko called "Dogake" made of carpet around the 14th century.
Powerful "Tsuji-mawashi" is a turning point of Yamaboko. Approximately 10 tons of green bamboo are laid on the road to change the direction of the Yamaboko, and pouring water over it, a large number of jinrikisha pullers change direction together with the big calls from the audience.
In addition, the Gion Matsuri not only purifies evil but also has a lot of Ohayashi (Japanese orchestra) and dances to pray so that evil spirits do not do badly.
A specialty of the Gion Matsuri, "Non edible" "Chimaki" made from bamboo can be purchased during "Yoiyama" period (small festival on the eve of the main festival). "Chimaki" is an amulet of Gion Matsuri to ward off evil, so it is beneficial to decorate it at the entrance of houses.
Fee: Saki-Matsuri paid seats 3,180 yen, Ato-Matsuri paid seats 3,180 yen
Access: Hankyu Railway Karasuma Station, Kyoto Municipal Subway Shijo Station, Keihan Shijo Kawaramachi Station
Venue: Kyoto City (Yasaka Shrine, various places in Kyoto city)
PurposeFestivals,should go,easily accessible,women,men,shrine/temple,major,let's hang out!
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5.0a month ago
One of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto. You must see it, and if you have enough time, I recommend going there twice - once a day, and the second time in the evening, when the temple is lit with lanterns. Right next to the Maruyama park - I also recommend it.
5.03 months ago
This shrine is open and lit up at night. If you want to avoid the large crowds, that's a good time to go. When we went almost no one was there. It was very peaceful and quite. All the lanterns in the center were lit up brightly. It was pretty mesmorizing. I highly recommend going at night sometime.
5.04 months ago
I went here at night walking through nishiki market. This shrine is surrounded by many other temples and shrine and I chanced upon a ceremony going on which is open to public on certain days.
The night visit is definitely fun with other tourists around and the surprise night ceremony that brings you around the temples of the area. But careful not to get lost though! It can be really dark in some alleys.
4.02 weeks ago
Really nice temple, unfortunately the staff since to be done with tourist, which is understandable but at the same time disappointing as not every tourist is obnoxious. It could have been that was just my experience with one staff member but whoever he was he was not very pleasant to anyone.
5.0a month ago
This shrine is worth a visit because of a history dating back some 1200 years which combines elements of Shintō and Buddhism. It is very crowded during the bloom of cherry blossom. It is a perfect location to see the Gion matsuri in the summer.