Oct/22 Kyoto Jidai Festival

Sightseeing information about Oct/22 Kyoto Jidai Festival in Japan.

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 from 10/22 '20 to 10/22 '20


Kyoto Jidai Festival is the grand festival of Heian Shrine, and considered as one of the top three festivals in Kyoto.
Jidai Festival started in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100 the anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.
It consists of a large parade of 2,000 people dressed in historical garb, 70 horses, and 2 cows with taiko drum and flute sounds.
The 2-kilometer procession from the Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine takes about 2 hours long.
Jidai Festival is Japanese for "Festival of Ages", and the participants of the parade are dressed in accurate costumes from almost every period of Japanese history, as well as famous historical figures.
This festival features their costumes. They dress in historical garb representing Japanese cultural history from the Meiji era all the way back to the Enryaku era in the 780’s. Painstakingly recreated and researched, going so far as to even make and dye the fabric using the same techniques as they used a thousand years ago, the procession is akin to watching a living history museum march by. Not only do famous historical figures and princesses make appearance, but warriors, priests, politicians, merchants, and commoners are all represented.

Date : Sat, October 26, 2019
*Due to ceremonies related to the enthronement of the new Emperor of Japan, in 2019 the festival is rescheduled from Oct.22 to Oct.26.
October 21 Jidai Festival’s Eve Festival at 10AM
October 22 Shinkou-Sai Ceremony at 8AM, Anzaisho Ceremony at 10:30AM, Ceremony for the Return of Divine Spirits at 4PM
12:00 pm : Processions Departure at Imperial Palace ⇒ 12:50 pm : Karasuma-Oike ⇒ 2:30 pm : Arrive at Heian Shrine
October 23 Jidai Festival`s Day-after Festival at 10AM

Access for Heian Shrine:
-Subway Tōzai Line⇒ Higashiyama Station⇒ 10 minutes walking
-From Kyoto Station⇒ City Bus Route 5 or Kyoto Bus Route 100⇒ Okazaki Kōen Bus Stop or Heian Jingū-mae Bus Stop⇒ 5 minutes walking

Access for Imperial Palace:
-Subway Karasuma Line⇒ Imadegawa Station OR Marutamachi Station⇒ 5 minutes walking
-City Bus⇒ Karasuma Imadegawa Bus Stop OR Furitsu Idai Byōin-mae Bus Stop⇒ 5 minutes walking

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5.02 weeks ago

This bright colored shrine has a really huge grounds to explore. There is also an event hall. At first I was reluctant enough to visit the shrine's garden, which has an entrance fee (shrine complex is free to enter and pay your respect to) and it was almost closing time since I arrived around 3 pm. However when I finally had mustered up a decision to check out the ticket price, turns out that day was free of charge. lucky! Taking a stroll round the garden was the highlight of my visit, they have lots of different plants and trees, and also a lake with a resting bridge just before you exit the garden.

5.0a week ago

I love this place!
The garden are amazing with all the water and green around, great place to visit when the sky is blue

5.07 months ago

Stunning shrine with incredible prayer trees which make for great photo opportunities. There’s also beautifully manicured pine trees and just next door is the most beautiful garden in the whole of Kyoto - stunning with amazing water Lillies and irises. It’s also not as busy as the shrine so you can have a relaxing break from the masses of people

5.09 months ago

Not the biggest shrine that I visited by terms of shrine size but this is probably one of the biggest by terms of lot size. Visitors would surely love the fact that it's free to visit the shrine (meaning no entrance fee like most of the famous places in Kyoto) however, keep in mind that the garden area requires you to pay an entrance fee.

4.0a week ago

Enjoyed especially a slow stroll through the nice garden. 600 JPY admission.