Jidai Matsuri Festival 2016
Jidai Matsuri Festival
Oct. 22 (Sat.)
*Postponed in case of rain.
Jidai Matsuri Festival is one of three Kyoto's most important festivals. The procession starting with soldiers of the Bakumatsu (the end of the Edo period) proceeds Kyoto's main street of autumn with playing flutes. Then it proceeds to the Edo period, Azuchi Momoyama, Muromachi, Yoshino, Kamakura, Fujiwara, then to Enryaku. Each era's costumes will be worn by the participants. A colorful, exotic costume party dedicated to the Old Capital's 1,100-year history from the 8th to 20th century.
The 2-km procession which consists of about 2,000 people (including 70 horses, 2 cows, carriages) departs from the Imperial Palace and slowly makes its way through the streets of Kyoto taking about 2 hours. The fantastic range of authentic historical costumes worn by the participants will fascinate audience.
For viewing the procession, the charged seats are recommended which will be set at the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Oike Street and Heian Jingu shrine.
Main characters participating in the procession
Ishin Kinno-tai branch: The Imperial loyalist troops from Yamaguni-tai branch from the Tamba area
Ishin Shishi: KatsuraKogoro, Sakamoto Ryoma, Nakaoka Shintaro, etc.
Tokugawa's servants: The modern-day warrior wearing their costumes
Women of the Edo period: Kojo Kazunomiya, Rengetsu-ni, Yoshino-tayu, etc.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his servants: One of the famous warlord, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his servants, etc.
Oda Nobunaga clan: Oda Nobunaga, Hashiba Hidesyoshi, Shibata Katsuie, etc.
The Muromachi Period: The Ashikaga shogunate administrators, etc. and costumes, etc. of the time
Kusunoki clan: Kusunoki Masashige and Masasue, etc. with samurai armor putting on
Women of the Middle Age period: Ohara-me, Katsura-me, Abutsu-ni, Shizuka-gozen, etc.
Jonan-gu's Yabusame group: The Yabusame, archery on horseback with their costumes on
Fujiwara clan: The civil service officer and military officer wearing costumes.
Women in the Heian period: Tomoe-gozen, Seisho-nagon, Murasaki Shikibu, Ono-no-komachi, etc.
Military Officer of the Enryaku period: Wearing the costume of the departing time for the war by Sakanoue no Tamuromaro, a military officer of the Heian period
Civil Servant of the Enryaku period: Kuge, a court noble of the Heian Period wearing costumes
Shirakawa-me: A women who put flowers on their head and sell flowers
Departing Kyoto Imperial Palace 12:00 → Karasuma Oike 12:50 → Arriving Heian Jingu Shrine 14:30
The 2-km procession departing the Imperial Palace at 12:00, then head west passing Marutamachi-dori, then proceed from Karasuma-dori to Oike-dori, Kawaramachi-dori, Sanjo-dori, then go to Jingu-michi, arriving Heian Jingu Shrine. The procession can be viewed at any area of along the streets above the route.
Information on Jidai Matsuri Festival viewing seat tickets
To view the Jidai Matsuri Festival in a relaxed manner, the charged seat will be recommended.
Ticket: 2,050yen (tax included; reserved seating with a pamphlet)
Venue: Kyoto Imperial Park, Oike-dori Street, Heian Jingu Shrine
Information on Jidai Matsuri Festical viewing seat tickets with English Earphone Guidance
Parade viewing seats with English earphone guidance and a pamphlet on Oike-dori Street are available at 3,500 yen (tax incl.; reserved seating with a pamphlet).
*Notice when buying the ticket
-Due to the rain on the festival day, it will be postponed to the 23rd, following day (it will be decided in the morning)
-When postponed, the ticket can be used on the 23rd (ticket is not refundable)
-Please make your travel schedule beforehand as for the preparation for the festival postponing.
-Tickets returns and refunds are not accepted.
-Please forgive us in advance when tickets are sold out.
To make it easier to purchase the tickets for foreigners, ticket will be sold at the foreign tourist desk at a major travel agencies as well.
Ticket will be available from August 23rd (Tue.) at the ticket outlets below.
＜Website is only in English. ＞
Ticket Available at Information Center
● Visitor Information Center
・KYOTO TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER "KYO NAVI"
<8:30 to 19:00, daily>
JR Kyoto station 2F
・KAWARAMACHI SANJO TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER
Open everyday: 10:00-18:00
1F of Kyoto Asahi Kaikan Bldg., 427 Ebisu-cho, Kawaramachi-dori Sanjo-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
● Information Center Operated by Travel Agency
・KANSAI TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER KYOTO by JTB <10:00 to 18:00 >
3F Kyoto Tower Bldg., (in front of JR Kyoto station)
・KYOTO TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER by H.I.S. <9:00 to 18:00 daily>
3F TSUJIKURA Bldg, 380 Komeya-cho, Kawaramachi Shijo, Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto, Kyoto
・OSAKA TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER by H.I.S.<9:00 to 21:00 daily>
8F Shinsaibashi OPA, 1-4-3 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
● Ticket Available at following stores
・JTB, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Nippon Travel Agency
・SEVEN-ELEVEN, Circle K Sunkus, Family-Mart, Ticket Pia (a 108-yen commission will be charge per-ticket)
★ Contact: Kyoto Tourism Association: TEL: (+81)-75-213-1717
Must-visit places along with the Jidai Matsuri Festival
Old Residence of Kan-in no Miya
Closed Mon. & end and beginning of the year
9:00-16:30 (entry by 16:00)
The old site of the Kan-in no Miya, one of the imperial members. Here, history of the Kyoto Imperial Park and its natural life can be learnt at the exhibit room. Also, the Japanese garden will be open to the public.
Entry: free of charge
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Marutamachi"
Old Residence of Kujo Family and Shusui-tei (tea ceremony room)
Mar. 1 (Tue.) - Dec. 27 (Tue.)<*Open on Fri., Sat. and the day of Aoi Matsuri Festival, Jidai Matsuri Festival and special opening week of the Imperial Palace>
9:30-15:30 (doors closed)
Shusui-tei is a classical Japanese tea ceremony room which belonged to the Kujo Family, one of the five most important families in the Heian-period court. The structure is very simple yet shows certain elegance. This is one of the rare examples of the architecture of this kind which still exists today.
Entry: 100 yen (older than high school students)
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Marutamachi"