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The procession scene appeared in the "Tale of Genji" re-enacted17-05-1.bmp
Aoi Festival
May 15 (Mon.)
Kyoto Imperial Palace (start: 10:30) - Shimogamo Shrine (arrival: 11:40, start: 14:20) - Kamigamo Shrine (arrival: 15:30)
*Postponed in case of rain.
*Indicated times are when the head of the procession arrive at the place.
*It takes about 1 hour for the entire procession pass one location.


Aoi Festival is the most important annual rituals for both Shimogamo and Kamigamo Shrine. Although the festival is more commonly known as "Aoi Festival," its official name is Kamo Festival. This is one of the three Choku-sai festivals (Kamo-sai, Iwashimizu-sai, Kasuga-sai). In the medieval time, the word "festival" indicates this Kamo Festival. The ceremonies called "Roto Ritual (procession)" and "Shato Ritual" which remain elegant imperial atmosphere held according to old ritual style. Shrine priests offer hollyhock leaves (aoi) to the deity and costume of the people, carts, shrine halls and nearby buildings are decorated with the leaves as well. In May, many pre-rituals will be held at both the Kamigamo and Shimogamo shrines.
The "Roto Ritual" procession will depart from the Kyoto Imperial Palace at 10:30 on the 15th, then, slowly proceed to Kamigamo Shrine via Shimogamo Shrine.


"Aoi Festival viewing seat ticket"
To view the Aoi Festival procession, the viewing seat which will be set in Kyoto Imperial Park & the approach of Shimogamo Shrine is recommended.
Ticket: 2,050 yen (all reserved seating with pamphlet) (TBA)
The place of reserved seating: Kyoto Imperial Park, the approach of Shimogamo Shrine
Inquiry: Kyoto City Tourism Association; Tel: 075-213-1717


Aoi Festival Pre-Rituals


Kamo Kurabe Uma Ashizoroe Shiki Horse Ceremony17-05-2.bmp
May 1 (Mon.)
Kamigamo Shrine
Before the actual Kamo Kurabe ceremony, the race pairing will be decided as checking horse's age and their speed. This ceremony will show visitors a quite a spectacular view with people dressed in a traditional Heian-period costumes riding horses and giving whip to them (from around 13:00).
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"


Yabusame Shinji Arrow Shooting Ritual17-05-3.bmp
May 3 (Wed., national holiday); 13:00-15:30
Shimogamo Shrine
This is one of the old pre-rituals of the Aoi Festival. People shoot an arrow called "Kabura-ya" while riding on a horse running at the full speed. People dressed in a traditional costumes will do a wild stunt while riding horses.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"


Purification Ritual for the Saio-dai and Her Servant17-05-4.bmp
May 4 (Thurs., national holiday) From 10:00
Shimogamo Shrine
Saio-dai is the most important role in the Aoi Festival. Every year, a young unmarried woman is chosen from Kyoto citizens to serve as a shrine maiden in the festival. The Saio-dai and over 50 servants will take a special purification ritual.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"


Busha Shinji Arrow Shooting Ritual17-05-5.bmp
May 5 (Fri., national holiday) From 11:00
Shimogamo Shrine
This ritual uses bows and arrows. Since it is believed that sound of bow can get rid of bad spirits, several rituals using bows and arrows are held and people pray for the festival safety.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"


Kamo Kurabe Uma Horse Ritual17-05-6.bmp
May 5 (Fri., national holiday)
Kamigamo Shrine
This is the ritual that has been holding at the imperial palace from the 11th century. Since the ritual was dedicated to the Shrine, it continued to be held until today. On the same day, from around 13:00, the Kurabe Uma-e Horse Ritual is held. Two horses run and compete with each other from 14:00.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"


Mikage Festival17-05-7.bmp
May 12 (Fri.) From 9:30
Shimogamo Shrine
Before the main festival starts, people prepare for welcoming the spirit of the deity to Shimogamo Shrine. A ritual of "Azuma Asobi" (from 16:00) which is a traditional elegant dance will take place in the Tadasu no Mori forest in the precinct of the shrine.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"


Traditional Folk Performing Arts (Kyogen)


Mibu Kyogen
April 29 (Sat., national holiday) - May 5 (Fri., national holiday)
Mibu Temple
This is a Buddhist silent drama which was originated when the Buddhist prayer was chanted by the priest Enkaku as for the missionary. It is designated as an important intangible cultural heritage. The "Horaku-wari" performance of breaking unglazed plates from one to the next makes a tremendous impact on the stage.
Admission: 800 yen (adults)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, 28 "Mibudera-michi"


Senbon Enma-do Temple Dainenbutsu Kyogen Performance
May 1 (Mon.) - 4 (Thurs., national holiday)
Senbon Enma-do Temple (Injo-ji Temple)
Kyogen of this temple is one of the three largest scale kyogen performances with dialogue - famous in Kyoto.
On May 1 & 2: from 19:00 (admission free)
On May 3 & 4: from 13:00 & 18:00 (admission free)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Senbon Kuramaguchi"


Rei-sai Annual Festival and Kyogen Performance at Kandaijin Shrine
May 6 (Sat.), 7 (Sun.)
Kandaijin Tenman-gu Shrine
The location of this shrine is said to have been where the house of Michizane Sugawara, the famous Heian-period aristocrat, scholar and politician, also called as Tenjin-san, stood. On the 6th, procession of mountain monks will be held. On the 7th, kyogen performance will be held in the Hai-den Hall. Admission charge is free.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Nishinotoin Bukkoji"



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Noryo Yuka Riverside Dining
Noryo Yuka is the one of the best summer attractions in Kyoto. Eating and drinking places along/above the river in the village and city will be an unforgettable experience.


Noryo Yuka on Kamo River17-05-8.bmp
May 1 (Mon.) - Sept. 30 (Sat.)
On the west bank of Kamo River, between Nijo and Gojo
In May, at the start of summer, restaurants along the banks of the Kamo River erect large wooden platforms, called Noryo Yuka, one of the best summer highlights of Kyoto. On the west bank of Kamo River, between Nijo and Gojo Street, over 100 restaurants and drinking places set up the Yuka.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 17, 205 "Shijo Kawaramachi" or "Kawaramachi Sanjo"
http://www.kyoto-yuka.com


Kawa-doko in Kibune17-05-9.bmp
May 1 (Mon.) - Sept. 30 (Sat.)
Along Kibune River
*Opening period of the Kawa-doko varies depending on the restaurant.
Kibune is a small village located on the northeastern mountain in the city. Taking special seats set on the wooden platform above Kibune River is such a great experience. Kibune's refreshing and cool air will let diners forget hot and humid summer climate in Kyoto.
Access: From Eizan Railway "Kibune-guchi," take Kyoto Bus (running every day) to Kibune
http://www.kibune.or.jp/omise/


Kawa-doko in Takao17-05-10.bmp
Early April to late November
Along Kiyotaki River
*Dinner is available from early June to mid September only.
Takao is a village which is blessed with beautiful valley and fresh stream. Enjoy authentic Kyoto cuisine on the Kawa-doko wooden platform above the river while appreciating seasonal beauty of natural surroundings.
Access: JR Bus "Yamashiro Takao"
http://www.kyo-takao.com/


Keiryo-yuka in Shozan
April 28 (Fri.) - Sept. 30 (Sat.) (TBA)
Takagamine Shozan Resort Kyoto
In the huge and beautiful Japanese garden in Takagamine area, northern Kyoto city, Yuka river side platform will be set up by Kamiya River. Seating in a tranquil and refreshing Japanese garden, enjoy superb Kyoto cuisine.
Access: From Subway Karasuma Line "Kitaoji," take Kyoto City Bus Kita #1 to "Kitakonohata-cho"
http://www.shozan.co.jp/restaurant/yuka.html


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[Rakuchu Central Area]

Spring Special Opening17-05-11.bmp
Mar. 24 (Fri.) - June 4 (Sun.) (TBA)
Shokoku-ji Temple
*The temple may be closed without notice.
This temple was built by the will of the third shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate, Yoshimitsu Ashikaga. Special opening of the head quarter of the Shokoku-ji Shool of Rinzai sect will be held. Hatto Hall, widely known as its "Crying Dragon," Hojo hall and the bathroom will be open to the public.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa"


[Rakuto Eastern Area]

Spring Special Opening17-05-12.bmp
Mar. 3 (Fri.) -May 7 (Sun.) (TBA)
Kodai-ji Temple
The temple has a strong connection with Kita no Mandokoro, who was the wife of powerful samurai lord, Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Kodaiji's makie lacquer ware collection is acclaimed as a masterpiece of the Momoyama period. The temple garden was designed by the famous gardener, Enshu Kobori and it is designated for both as a Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Spring Special Opening
Mar. 3 (Fri.) - May 7 (Sun.) (TBA)
Entoku-in Temple
Entoku-in Temple is the sub-temple of Kodai-ji Temple, and its hall was relocated from the Fushimi Castle which was built by one of the famous warlords, Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Spring Special Opening of National Treasure "Togu-do Hall"
Mid Mar. - May 5 (Fri., national holiday) (TBA)
Ginkaku-ji Temple
This temple was built by the eighth shogun of Muromachi Shogunate, Yoshimasa Ashikaga. The tea ceremony rooms, Togu-do Dojinsai (National Treasure) and Seiro-tei are two very important places for tea ceremony, flower arrangement and incense manners prospered.
Entry: 1,000 yen
*Additional 500 yen is required to enter the temple precinct.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 17, 100, 203 "Ginkakuji-michi" or #100 "Ginkakuji-mae"


Spring Special Opening of "Kobun-tei" Tea Ceremony Room17-05-13.bmp
Sat., Sun., national holidays between Mar. 20 (Mon., national holiday) - May 5 (Fri., national holiday) (TBA)
Shoren-in Temple
Shoren-in Temple was used to be the residence of imperial members and was called Awata Gosho (Awata Imperial Palace). The Kobun-tei building was used as a study place by the retired emperor, Gosakuramachi, in the Edo period (1600-1868). During the special opening period, visitors can enjoy a formal traditional tea ceremony.
Entry: 1,000 yen (with matcha or sencha green tea with sweet)
*Additional 500 yen is required to enter the temple.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Jingu-michi"


Spring Special Opening of Treasury of Kenreimon-in
April 1 (Sat.) - May 10 (Wed.)
Choraku-ji Temple
This temple has a strong connection with an imperial princess, Kenreimon-in. Her remaining and other many treasures will be open to the public during the period.
Entry: 650 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Gion"


Spring Special Opening
Mainly opened on Sat., Sun., and national holidays between early April - early June
Anraku-ji Temple
This temple is open only limited time of the year: for cherry blossoms in April, azaleas in May.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Shinnyodo-mae"


Spring Special Opening "Iris Viewing Gathering"
April 29 (Sat., national holiday) - May 13 (Sat.) (TBA)
Tokujomyo-in Temple
This temple is renowned for able to enjoy seasonal flowers' beautiful scenery which is located at Kyoto's eastern area. Especially, Ichihatsu, is a beautiful flower that blooms the earliest amongst the same iris species.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Chionin-mae"


Spring Special Garden Opening
Late Mar. - mid Apr., late Apr. - May 5 (Fri., national holiday) (TBA)
Shoden Eigen-in Temple
The temple has a connection with the historical feudal lord and also the tea master, Yuraku-sai Oda. The temple garden is renowned of cherry trees and azaleas and will be open to the public.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higasiyama Yasui"


[Rakuhoku Northern Area]

Special Openings of Sub-temples of Daitoku-ji Temple Complex
◆Obai-in Temple17-05-14.bmp
Mid Mar. - early May
Its main hall, Kuri storage and Kara-mon gate are designated as an important cultural properties. Especially, the Kuri is the oldest existing storage of Zen temple building in Japan.
Entry: 600 yen







◆Soken-in Temple 17-05-15.bmp
Sat., Sun. and national holidays between mid Mar.-late May (TBA)
This temple is home to the grave yard of Nobunaga Oda, the famous samurai lord. Wooden statue of Nobunaga (Important Cultural Property) will be open to the public.
Entry: 600 yen







◆Korin-in Temple17-05-16.bmp
Mid Mar. - late May
Its main hall, front gate and Kara-mon gate are all designated as an important cultural properties. Many of the buildings were built in the Muromachi period and the best examples of the architecture from that period of time.
Entry: 600 yen

Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Daitokuji-mae"


Jozan Ishikawa Exhibition
May 25 (Thurs.) - 27 (Sat.)
Shisen-do Temple
Jozan Ishikawa's remaining calligraphy works, etc. will be displayed in the temple.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Ichijoji Sagarimatsu-cho"


[Rakusai Western Area]

Spring Special Opening17-05-17.bmp
Mid Mar. - mid May
Kogen-ji Temple
Here, a superb view against a backdrop of Arashiyama from the main hall can be enjoyed. A Japanese painting by Seiho Takeuchi and Bishamonten standing statue (important cultural property) will be open to the public.
Entry: 500 yen
*Joint ticket with Hogon-in Temple: 900 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"


Special Garden Opening17-05-18.bmp
Mid Mar. - June 30 (Fri.) (TBA)
Hogon-in Temple
Having a grand view of Arashiyama in the backdrop, the temple's "Shishiku no Niwa (Garden of Roaring Lion)" has an outstanding beauty.
Entry: 500 yen
*Joint ticket with Kogen-ji Temple: 900 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"


Spring Special Opening of the Flower Ceiling with Camellia Flowers17-05-19.JPG
Mar. 3 (Fri.) - May 15 (Mon.)
Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
The ceiling of the main hall is decorated with superb and vivid 44 paintings of flower which were painted in the Edo period.
Entry: 800 yen (with Ofuku-cha tea and auspicious charm)
Access: JR Bus "Hiraoka Hachiman"


Temple Treasure Special Opening
Early April - late May (TBA)
Daikaku-ji Temple, the former Saga Imperial Palace
The temple's treasury and cultural properties will be open to the public.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Daikakuji"


Temple Treasure Spring Special Opening in "Reiho-kan"
April 1 (Sat.) - May 28 (Sun.) (TBA)
Ninna-ji Temple
Many of the temple's masterpieces, including Amida Nyorai statue designated as a national treasure, etc. will be open to the public during the period.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26 "Omuro Ninnaji"


Temple Treasure Special Opening in "Reiho-kan"
April 1 (Sat.) - May 31 (Wed.)
Seiryo-ji Temple
Many valuable properties, including the national treasury of Amida Sanzon statue, etc. can be viewed during the period.
Entry: 400 yen (700 yen for joint ticket with the main hall)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Saga Shakado-mae"


Temple Treasure Special Opening
May 1 (Mon.) - 5 (Fri., national holiday)
Jingo-ji Temple
A national treasure statue of Yoritomo Minamoto and "Kanjo-no-niwa," the shoin-style rock garden will be exhibited.
Entry: 800 yen

◆Special Opening of Taho-to Pagoda
May 13 (Sat.) - 15 (Mon.)
Inside of the pagoda (regularly not open to the public) and the statue of Godai Kokuzo Bosatsu (National Treasure) created in the Heian period (794-1185) will be disclosed together.
Entry: 500 yen (additional 600 yen is needed)
Access: JR Bus "Yamashiro Takao"


[Rakunan Southenr Area]

Spring Special Opening17-05-20.bmp
Mid Mar. - early May (TBA)
Daigo-ji Temple
Their Reiho-kan treasury hall will be open to the public with the best time of cherry blossoms.
Entry: 1,500 yen (joint ticket for Sanpo-in, Garan and Reiho-kan)
Access: Subwai Tozai Line "Daigo"


Spring Special Opening17-05-21.bmp
Mar. 20 (Mon., national holiday) - May 25 (Thurs.)
Toji Homotsu-kan Treasury Hall
Entry: 500 yen

"Toji Temple's Five-Story Pagoda Special Opening"
April 29 (Sat., national holiday) - May 25 (Thurs.) (TBA)
The national treasure of the five story pagoda is the tallest wooden building in Japan. Its inside of the first story is filled with the Mikkyo (esoteric) Buddhism atmosphere with the richly-colored paintings, and will be opened to the public.
Entry: 800 yen (including Kondo and Koudo hall)
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Toji"


[Whole Area in the City]

Kyoto Spring Special Opening of Cultural Properties
April 28 (Fri.) - May 7 (Sun.) (TBA)
About 20 of valuable important cultural properties (spots) will be specially disclosed to the public only during this time (The opening of whereabouts are not decided yet).
Entry: 800 yen per place (400 yen for Junior High School & High School students)
http://www.kobunka.com


Night-time Special Opening


Special Night Opening of Shoren-in Temple17-05-22.bmp
Mar. 3 (Fri.) - 12 (Sun.), Late April - May 5 (Fri., national holiday) (TBA)
Shoren-in Temple
18:00-21:00 (gate closed)
The stroll-round garden with pond designed by Soami and the "Kirishima Garden" designed by Enshu Kobori will be loomed out beautifully from the darkness.
Entry: 800 yen (as of last year)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Jingu-michi"


Night-time Lit-up at Kodai-ji Temple17-05-23.bmp
Mar. 3 (Fri.) - May 7 (Sun.) (TBA)
Kodai-ji Temple
Sunset-21:30 (gate closed)
The temple was built by Nene, a wife of the historical warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi. In the garden, there is a tea ceremony house named "Kasa-tei" and "Shigure-tei." The whole garden will be elegantly lit-up and figures of tree reflect on the surface of the pond will show a solemn beauty to visitors.
Entry: 600 yen (tea service available with additional fee)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Night-time Lit-up at Entoku-in Temple17-05-24.bmp
Mar. 3 (Fri.) - May 7 (Sun.) (TBA)
Entoku-in Temple
Sunset-21:30 (gate closed)
The north garden was replaced from the Fushimi Castle's front garden of the dressing room owned by Kita no Mandokoro. The garden represents a typical Momoyama-period style of gorgeousness and is designated as a national scenic beauty spot.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Spring Night-time Lit-up at Hosen-in Temple
Late April - early May (TBA)
Hosen-in Temple
18:00-20:30 (gate closed) (TBA)
The garden of this temple is called "Framed Garden" as it looks like a framed picture viewed from the point between two pillars.
Entry: 1,000 yen
Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18 "Ohara"


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Pontocho the 180th Kamogawa Odori17-05-25.bmp
May 1 (Mon.) - 24 (Wed.)
Pontocho Kaburenjo Theatre
The dance performed by geiko and maiko of Kagai in Pontocho has originally started in the Meiji 5 (1872). Its imaginative program has been winning high reputation and audience will be entertained with their gorgeous stage.
Programs: TBA
Show time: 12:30, 14:20, 16:10
Entry (as of last year):
Special seat with tea service: 4,800 yen
Special seat: 4,200 yen
General seat: 2,300 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Kawaramachi Sanjo"
http://www.kamogawa-odori.com/


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Jukkoku-bune Boat Ride with Cherry Blossom & Greenery in Okazaki (tentative title) 17-05-26.bmp
Late Mar. - early May (TBA)
Around Okazaki Park
Okazaki Park and the neighborhood is a perfect destination for spring exploration. The boat goes in the cherry blossom tunnel.
Boat course: (as of last year)
From Okazaki Nanzenji Boat gate (in front of the Lake Biwa Canal Museum) to Ebisugawa Dam
About 3 km round trip
Fee (as of last year):
1,000 yen (adults), 500 yen (children), 300 yen (young children)
Operation time (as of last year):
9:30-16:30 (boat departs every 15 min.)
*The operation time will be extended to 20:30 during the cherry blossom season.
Lighting up: late Mar. - early April (TBA)
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Keage"


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Oharame Festival17-05-27.bmp
2 weeks of Late April - early May (TBA)
Ohara Village
Ohara is a rural village located in the northern part of the city. Oharame Festival will be held in the village every year. The idyllic village related to "the Tale of the Heike" will become full of vigor.

◆Oharame Historical Procession
Sat. of festival period
*Postponed to the next day in case of rain
This procession is the highlight of the festival.

◆Oharame Costume Wearing (reservation required)
Visitors are able to wear the Oharame costume and stroll in the village (1,000 yen per person during the festival period; generally 2,500 yen is charged).
Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18 "Ohara"


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Spring Antique Book Fair
May 1 (Mon.) - 5 (Fri., national holiday)
Kyoto City Kangyo-kan (Miyako Messe)
As for a market held inside the building, this is one of the biggest old book markets in Japan, and some 40 shops will gather from around Japan. From antique books to academic, art and novel etc., all kinds of books will be sold at here.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Okazaki Koen Bijutsu-kan/Heian Jingu-mae"


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Public Green Tea Party
May 3 (Wed., national holiday) - 5 (Fri., national holiday) (TBA)
Seiryu-en Garden in Nijo Castle
Green tea ceremony will be held by each tea school (2 tea school per day). Ninomaru Palace (National Treasure) and its beautiful greenery garden will be open to the public.
Fee: 2,000 yen (TBA) (including 2 tea services and entering the castle)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, 50, 101 "Nijojo-mae", Subway Tozai Line "Nijojo-mae"


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Stamp Rally of Fushimi's Clear Water of Heisei17-05-28.bmp
Late Mar. - late May
Choken-ji Temple (Aka-mizu water)
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum (Saka-mizu water)
Torisei Main Shop (Shirakiku-sui water)
Gokono-miya Shrine (Goko-sui water)
Fujinomori Shrine (Fuji-no-mizu water)
Jonan-gu Shrine (Kikusui Waka-mizu water)
Kyoryori Seiwasou (Seiwa-no-i)
Kizakura Kappa Country (Fushi-mizu water)
Kinshi Masamune (Tokiwa-i-no-mizu water)
Daikoku-ji Temple (Kin-un Shimizu water)
The stamp rally which will go around 10 clear water spots in Fushimi. There is a special offer and lottery for prizes too.
Access: Kintetsu Railway "Momoyama Goryo-mae" or JR Nara Line "Momoyama" or Keihan Railway "Fushimi Momoyama"


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Fujinomori Festival
May 1 (Mon.) - 5 (Fri., national holiday)
Fujinomori Shrine
*Kakeuma Shinji ritual is held on the 5th
This is the most popular event of the Tango-no-Sekku which is to celebrate the boy's day. The most exciting day of this festival is the 5th, because the mikoshi procession, samurai procession and kagura dance performance are all held in one day. Especially, Kakeuma Shinji is a must-see event (from 13:00 and 15:00). People riding horses and running in the full speed perform acrobatic techniques of the war-time.
Access: JR Nara Line "Fujinomori" or Keihan Railway "Sumizome"


Tanukidanisan Daihannya Kigan-sai Ritual17-05-29.bmp
May 3 (Wed., national holiday)
Tanukidanisan Fudo-in Temple
By burning the wood-sticks with chanting Buddhist sutra, people pray for the health and avoiding a bad luck.
Access: Kyoto City Bus # 5 "Ichijoji Sagarimatsu-cho"


Yamakage Shrine Annual Festival
May 8 (Mon.)
Yamakage Shrine
Situating in the precinct of Yoshida Shrine, this unique festival is to worship the god of cooking. The ritual of prayer with using kitchen knives and not touching directly of food while cooking is called "Ikama-ryu-shiki Houcho ceremony."
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kyodai Seimon-mae"


Uesaku-sai Festival
May 10 (Wed.) From around 19:00
Kurama Temple
In the full moon night, the prayer is held for the worshipped god of Kurama Mountain. The scenery of holding-up a lit-torches in unison is a spectacular. This festival has long history and is said to be resembling to Uesaku Festivals holding at Himalayan and South-east Asians.
Fee: 300 yen
Access: A 30-min. walk from Eizan Railway "Kurama" or Kuramayama Cable Railway


Imahie Festival
May 14 (Sun.)
Imahie Shrine
The festival has 850 years of long history, and it will show visitors a valuable rituals of both temples and shrins are mixed. The shrine priest will read a sacred word and the temple monk will chant the Buddhist sutra.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, 208 "Hakubutsukan/Sanjusangendo-mae"


Kanko-sai Festival at Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine
May 14 (Sun.)
Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine
Not only the main hall and portable shrines, but also the attendees are decorated with hollyhock and Japanese Judas trees: thus the festival is also called "Aoi Festival of Matsuno-o Taisha." The procession of six mikoshi portable shrines depart from the Otabisho and arrive the shrine in turn around 18:00.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Matsuno-o Taisha-mae"


Mifune Festvial17-05-30.bmp
May 21 (Sun.)
Surrounding of Oi River of Arashiyama (upper stream from Togetsu-kyo Bridge)
An elegant boat leisure from the Heian period will be recreated on Oi River in Arashiyama. This is the annual festival belonged to Kurumazaki Shrine. From around 14:00, about 25 boats decorated in classical style (Goza boat, Ryu-to Boat and Gekisu boat, etc.) depart from the boat stop and recreate an elegant atmosphere.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Koen"


Saga Festival
May 21 (Sun.), 28 (Sun.)
Nonomiya Shrine, Atago Shrine
This both shrine's annual festival is said to have been observed by the famous Haiku writer, Basho Matsuo. On the 21st of the Shinko-sai, mikoshi portable shrines will gather at the Otabisho in front of Seiryo-ji Temple. On the 28th, mikoshi portabler shrines, a float and children's procession will march around the neighborhood of Sagano area.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Saga Shakado-mae"



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Flower Related Events


Yamabuki Festival17-05-31.bmp
April 10 (Mon.) - May 5 (Fri., national holiday)
Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine
About 3,000 yamabuki (Japanese rose) will color the temple precinct and its approach. The "Shofu-en" garden was designed by the famous gardener, Mirei Shigemori of the Showa period.
*Free of charge to enter the precinct
Entry: 500 yen (Garden and Shinzo-kan hall)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Matsuno-o Taisha-mae"


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Mid April - mid May (TBA)
Mimuroto-ji Temple
This temple is called the Temple of Flower in Uji. Every year, the temple opens the garden during the best weeks of 20,000 bushes of azalea and 1,000 bushes of rhododendron. The whole garden will be covered by purple, pink and with white flowers.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Keihan Railway Uji Line "Mimuroto"


Summer Flowers
*Best time of the flower varies every year.


[Kakitsubata Irises]

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This shrine has been the best site for enjoying irises since the Heian period (794-1185).
Best time: Mid May
Donation for the irises: 300 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"


Kaju-ji Temple
Irises and lotus flowers bloom together in the pond.
Best time: From early - late May
Entry: 400 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ono"


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Lotus flowers bloom on Soryu-chi Pond and irises bloom in shore.
Best time: From early May
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan/Heian-jingu-mae"


[Azalea]

Myoman-ji Temple
Azalea flowers will cover all around the main gate and around the pond.
Best time: early May
Entry: 500 yen (Garden of snow, exhibition room)
Access: Eizan Railway Kurama Line "Kino"


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The Kirishima azalea will bloom beautifully in the approach and around the main hall.
Best time: From early - mid May
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ono"


Nagaoka Tenman-gu Shrine
Kirishima azalea will bloom along the pond and this flower cloister view will amuse visitors.
Best time: From late April - early May
Access: From JR Kyoto Line "Nagaoka-kyo," take Hankyu Bus to "Nagaoka Tenman-gu"


Chishaku-in Temple
Tsutsuji azalea flowers bloom first and satsuki (azalea) will follow.
Best time: From mid May - early June
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, 208 "Higasiyama Shichijo"


[Satsuki Azalea]

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Green color of satsuki azalea bushes make a good contrast with the while gravel in the garden.
Best time: From late May - early June
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Ichijoji Sagarimatsu-cho"




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The temple stands in the mountain and a number of azalea flowers in bloom covering the mountain slope with a red purple and pale pink shows a scenery of just like a wave of flowers.
Best time: From early - mid June
Entry: 500 yen
Access: From JR Kyoto Line "Muko-machi," take Hankyu Bus to "Yoshiminedera"


[Water Lily]

Kaju-ji Temple
Lotus flowers of this temple begin blooming in May until early September.
Entry: 400 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ono"


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Lotus flowers will bloom in the Soryuchi Pond until early September.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"







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Lotus flowers bloom in the pond which was created to reproduce a view of a representative painting by Monet.
Best time: From mid May - mid Sept.
Entry: 1,030 yen
Access: Bus or Ropeway "Hiei Sancho"







[Rhododendron]

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Rhododendron flowers can be found everywhere, in the garden and at the corridor.
Best time: From early - mid April
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ono"





[Wisteria]

Byodo-in Temple
Wisteria set in front of the temple approach between the main gate and Hou-ou-do Hall are gorgeous with its rife flower clusters.
Best time: From late April - early May
Entry: 600 yen
Access: JR Nara Line "Uji"


Jonan-gu Shrine
An old wisteria tree and azalea bush make a good joint in the Muromachi Garden.
Best time: From late April - early May
Entry: 600 yen
Access: A 15-min. walk from Subway Karasuma Line or Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Takeda" Nishi-guchi


Ryoan-ji Temple
Wisteria trees will add beautiful colors to the Kyoyochi Pond.
Best time: From late April - early May
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae"



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〔Museums〕





Kyoto National Museum
"Special Exhibition Commemorating the 120th Year Opening of the Museum: Kaiho Yusho"
April 11 (Tue.) - May 21 (Sun.)
Fee: 1,500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus 100, 206, 208 "Hakubutukan/Sanju Sangendo-mae"


Furuta Oribe Museum
"Furuta Oribe and Kabuki People from Early Edo"
Jan. 21 (Sat.) - May 14 (Sun.)
Fee: 500 yen
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Kitayama"


Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum
"300 Year Birth Anniversary Exhibition: Ito Jakuchu (Latter Term)"
Dec. 15 (Thurs.) - May 21 (Sun.)
Fee: 800 yen
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa"


Kyoto Shibori Museum
"da Vinci, Gogh and Jakuchu-Expressing with Shibori dyeing"
Jan. 5 (Thurs.) - May 7 (Sun.)
Fee: 500 yen
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Karasuma Oike" or Subway Tozai Line "Nijojo-mae"


Kyoto Butsuryu Museum
"Buddhist Reformer of the End of the Edo & Meiji Restoration Period: Nagamatsu Seifu Exhibition"
Oct. 8 (Sat.), 2016 - Oct. 15 (Sun.), 2017
Fee: free
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, 101 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"


The Classics Day Anniversary
Kyoto City Heiankyo Sousei-kan
Special Exhibition "Recreating the Ancient Kyoto Scenery"
―The world of ruins and birds-eye view replica―The 3rd term (Ruins from the Kyoto city)
Feb. 13 (Mon.) - June 3 (Sat.)
Entry: free
Access: Kyoto City Bus #15, 93, 202 "Marutamachi Shichihon-matsu"


Kyoto City Archaeological Museum
Special Exhibition "Fushimi Castle and Yodo Castle"
Feb. 18 (Sat.) - June 25 (Sun.)
Entry: free
Access: Kyoto City Bus #51, 59, 101 "Imadegawa Omiya"


Sen-oku Hakuko kan
Special Exhibition "Tadashi Asai's Remnant from Kyoto - From the collection of Art & Craft of Kyoto Institute of Technology"
May 20 (Sat.) - July 9 (Sun.)
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Tenno-cho," #100 "Miyano-mae-cho"

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
Works by Japanese Imperial Art Expert - Makie lacquerware
May 20 (Sat.) - Aug. 13 (Sun.)
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206, 207 "Kiyomizu-michi"


Noh/Kyogen


Kyoto Kanze Kaikan

May 28 (Sun.) From 11:00
Program: Noh "Ashikari" "Unrin-in" "Nue" / Shimai / Kyogen "Fukuro"
Ticket: 6,500 yen (adults), 3,000 yen (students)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"


Kongo Noh Theatre

May 27 (Sat.) From 13:30
Program: Noh "Toei" "Ukai" / Shimai / Kyogen
Ticket: 6,000 yen (adults), 3,000 yen (students)
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa"

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