This grand festival began in 1895 as a celebration of the 1,100th anniversary of the Heian-kyo Capital's foundation. It is one of Kyoto's three renowned great festivals along with the Gion Festival and Aoi Festivals. Approximately 2,000 people dressed in costume form a large procession representing the eight different eras of Kyoto's history: the Meiji, Edo, Azuchi Momoyama, Muromachi, Yoshino, Kamakura, Fujiwara and Enryaku periods. The procession departs from the Imperial Palace and parades a total distance of 4.5 km to its destination at the Heian Shrine. The festival is always held on October 22nd.