Oct/26, 2019 Kyoto Jidai Festival4.3
from 10/26 '19 to 10/26 '19
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 26 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 27 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
PurposeFestivals,should go,easily accessible,parade,spiritual places,knows a lot about Japan,shrine/temple,art,sightseeing,major,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.Kyoto Sta. (about 4km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.0a month ago
One of my favorite shrines in Kyoto! Absolutely beautiful structure. Visit the garden as it changes through the seasons.
4.0a month ago
Very nice shrine. Especially the garden is very beautiful and if you come early in the morning you can enjoy the peace there and relax.
5.0a week ago
It is a must visit! The whole place looks amazing! Super spiritual and peaceful!
5.03 weeks ago
So impressed with this shrine.
You have to visit it when you stay in Kyoto.
5.02 months ago
Great shrine to walk around. Depending on the time of day and year it could be too much for some. Interesting bit of history. More English explanations are welcome.