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July 2017


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〔Event Highlights〕

The 42nd Kyoto Summer Trip Campaign
July 1 (Sat.) - Sep. 30 (Sat.)
The annual "Kyoto Summer Trip" marks its 42nd anniversary. The specific theme for summer will be decided each year such as regular tour bus special courses and special opening of important cultural assets which are generally closed to the public.
During the campaign period, various experiencing tours, including "The Way of 1,000 Year-City Kyoto," and "Enjoying Kyoto's Food Culture," will be held as well.
Inquiries: Kyoto City Tourism Association: Tel: 075-213-1717

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〔Seasonal Events〕

Gion Festival 17-07-1.bmp
July 1 (Sat.) - 31 (Mon.)
Gion Festival is one of Japan's three largest festivals which belong to Yasaka Shrine. Having extremely long history, and the festival lasts for about a month-long, and its gorgeousness and large scale size are all well recognized throughout Japan. Gion Festival has been developed with life of Kyoto people. Gion Festival is the most notable Japan's summer festival.
The origin of the festival began about 1,100 years ago. When bad plaque spread around the capital, people pray for getting rid of the illness by establishing 66 floats which is the same number of the provinces in Japan in those days.
The best highlight of the festival is the Yama Hoko Junko grand procession. From 2014, for the first time in almost half a century, the Preceding Festival (Saki Matsuri) procession on 17th, and Latter Festival (Ato Matsuri) procession on 24th have been held. 29 floats out of 33 are designated as the important intangible cultural properties. People compete to decorate the float with beautiful tapestry, carpet and fabrics. This magnificent scene is often called as a "moving museum."

Gion Festival viewing seat tickets
Gion Matsuri is one of Japan's three largest festivals. To view this Gion Festival, especially its gorgeous Yama and Hoko procession in a relaxed manner, the Gion Festival viewing seat tickets will be sold.
Ticket: \3,180 (reserved seating with a pamphlet) (TBA)
Venue: Oike Street
Tickets will be sold from early June at: Lawson convenient stores across the country; major/branch offices of JTB Corp. and Kinki Nippon Tourist, etc.)
Inquiries: Kyoto City Tourism Association: Tel: 075-213-1717

A Month-long Gion Festival Main Event Calendar
[July 1 - 31 (schedule of the event is subject to change)]
There will be the Preceding Festival (Saki Matsuri) procession (23 Yama Hoko) on the 17th, and the Latter Festival (Ato Matsuri) procession (10 Yama Hoko: revived for the first time in 2014 after 49 years) on the 24th will be held.

Each Yama Hoko Community
Kippu-iri means the beginning of sacred ritual. On this day, people gather to have the first meeting for this year. Each Yama Hoko community sets a special alter to enshrine the symbol of deity.

[Naginata Hoko Osendo]
Yasaka Shrine
Administrators in the community take the Chigo and Kamuro (sacred children who ride on the Naginata Hoko) to Yasaka Shrine to pray for the safety of the festival.

[Kujitori Ceremony]
Kyoto City Hall
Order of grand procession will be decided by drawing.

[Visit by Yama Hoko Association]
Yasaka Shrine
Members of Yama Hoko Association visit Yasaka Shrine and pray for the success of the festival.

[Omukae Chochin]
A procession of people with lanterns in their hands departs from Yasaka Shrine to welcome the mikoshi portable shrine. Children will perform traditional Sagi-mai and Komachi-odori dances.

[Mikoshi Arai Ceremony]
Shijo Bridge
Mikoshi portable shrine is carried out of Yasaka Shrine and is brought to Shijo Bridge. The mikoshi will be purified by the water of Kamo River.

10th - 14th
[Saki Matsuri: Preceding Festival] Hoko and Yama Tate Construction

12th, 13th
[Saki Matsuri: Preceding Festival] Yama Hoko Trial Pulling

[Visit by Naginata Hoko Chigo]
Yasaka Shrine
The Chigo child who will ride on the Naginata Hoko visits Yasaka Shrine to pray for safety of the procession.

[Visit by Kuze Komagata Chigo]
Yasaka Shrine 14:00
The two Chigo children (chosen from the southern part of the city of Rakunan area), who ride on horses and play a leading role at Kanko-sai and Shinko-sai, visit Yasaka Shrine to pray for safety of the procession.

14th - 16th
[Preceding Festival] Yoi-yama
The festival's energy reaches its peak.

[Traditional Performance Dedication]
Noh Stage in Yasaka Shrine

[Kencha Tea Festival]
Yasaka Shrine
Every other year, either Omotesenke or Urasenke schools, holds tea ceremony at Yasaka Shrine and Japanese tea will be served to participants.

[Iwami Kagura]
Yasaka Shrine
From 18:30 (TBA)

[Yama Hoko Grand Procession: Preceding Festival Procession]
Shijo Karasuma (From 9:00) - Kawaramachi - Oike

[Shinko-sai Festival]

[Mikoshi Departure Ceremony]
Yasaka Shrine - Shijo Otabisho
Yasaka Shrine's three mikoshi are transferred to Otabisho via local community. The ceremony is called "Omikko-san," and is one of highly popular events.

17 - 23rd
[Mugon Mairi Prayer (prayer in silence)]
In Mugon mairi, it is believed that one's wish will be fulfilled if one visits the otabisho seven nights without having communication with others.

18th - 21st
[Ato Matsuri (Latter Festiva)] Hoko and Yama Tate Construction

20th - 21st
[Latter Festival] Ho
ko and Yama Trail Pulling

21st - 23rd
[Latter Festival] Yoi Yama and Byo-bu Festival (Folding Screen Display)

[Sencha Kencha Festival]
Yasaka Shrine
Sencha green tea will be served by the tea master from Kyoto's Sencha tea school.

[Biwa Lute Performance]
Yasaka Shrine
13:00 (TBA)
An instrument, called Biwa will be played.

[Yama Hoko Procession: Latter Festival Procession]
Karasuma Oike (from 9:30) - Kawaramachi - Shijo

[Hanagasa Procession]
From 10:00
Yasaka Shrine- Kyoto City Hall - Yasaka Shrine

[Kanko-sai Festival]
From around 17:00
Shijo Otabisho - Yasaka Shrine
Yasaka Shrine's three mikoshi depart from Otabisho, and go around the communities, then return to the shrine.

[Kyogen Performance]
Noh Stage in Yasaka Shrine
13:00 (TBA)
Noh play will be performed by Shigeyama Chuzaburo family.

[Mikoshi Arai Ceremony]
Shijo Bridge
Same with the Mikoshi Arai held on the 10th, mikoshi will be purified with the water of Kamo River and will be returned to the shrine.

[Closing Ceremony of the Festival: Announcing the Success of the Festival]
Yasaka Shrine
The closing message of the festival will be carried to the deity.

[Eki Shrine Nagoshi Summer Purification]
Eki Shrine (in Yasaka Shrine)
From 10:00
A large wreath made with reed is hung on the torii shrine gate of Eki Shrine (in Yasaka Shrine). It is believed that going through the wreath can get rid of bad fortunes.

The highlights of Gion Festival

Yoi-yama: Saki Matsuri Preceding Festival
July 14 (Fri.) - 16 (Sun.)
Each Yama Hoko community
Shijo Street and other main street in the city become car-free in the evening and the streets will be packed with full of people. In each Yama Hoko community, people gorgeously decorate their Yama and Hoko and lit up Komagata lanterns. Many stalls are set up on the street amidst of the sound made by the bell and whistle of Gion Bayashi - the festive atmosphere reaches the highest.
Yoi-yama lasts for three days but the most recommended day is the 14th. Visit Naginata, Tsuki, Kanko and other large floats on Shijo Street before sunset: before these places get very crowded. Intersection where Shijo and Muromachi cross each other is called "Intersection of Yama Hoko" as floats can be seen in all directions.
At some floats, like Tsuki and Kikusui, visitors can climb up the float if they buy a chimaki amulet or amulet.

Car-free Street
18:00-23:00 (TBA)
Shijo Street between Yasaka Shrine and Horikawa becomes car-free on the 15th and 16th. Car-free zone is subject to change.

Yoi-yama: Ato Matsuri Latter Festival
July 21 (Fri.) - 23 (Sun.)
An elegant yoi-yama night view will be enjoyed with the lanterns lit-up and the gion bayashi music filled the air. People are able to view each community's gorgeous displays, etc.

Byobu Folding Screen Display
Saki Matsuri (Preceding Festival): July 14 (Fri.) - 16 (Sun.)
Ato Matsuri (Latter Festival): July 21 (Fri.) - 23 (Sun.)
Houses and shops in each Yama Hoko Community
During Yoi-yama, a special folding screen exhibits called Byobu Matsuri is also held. Families and shops which possess traditional and gorgeous folding screen will take off latticed shutter and open their Japanese room as to showcase their precious properties. Visiting these houses is also an attraction of Yoi-yama.
Especially, many houses open the door on Shinmachi, Muromachi and Rokkaku Street. People might encounter Byobu Matsuri at unexpected spots. Also enjoy the beautiful scenery of classical Kyoto-style machiya townhouses at night-time which will be lit up with traditional lanterns.

Saki Matsuri (Preceding Festival) Yama Hoko procession
July 17 (Mon., national holiday)
Procession departs at 9:00
Floats depart from Shijo Karasuma at 9:00. After they take "Kuji Aratame" to check order in the procession, the Chigo sacred child on Naginata Hoko cut the rope by a sword and finally the procession begins. Massive floats which are as large as a 5-story building go around the city. This is such a spectacle to watch and absolutely the most exciting moment in the festival. At large intersections (Kawaramachi Shijo, Kawaramachi Oike and Oike Shinmachi), some dozens of men pull the float and change direction at their full strength which is very exciting and energetic scene. So many exciting highlights, Gion Bayashi festive sound, grand Yama and Hoko... It feels like the one is in the middle of "Moving Museum" - a glorious pageant will be unfolded.
*Special reserved seats will be available along Oike Street.

Ato Matsuri Latter Festival Yama & Hoko procession
July 24 (Mon.)
Procession departs at 9:30
With making the procession in reverse order from the Saki Matsuri, the procession departs at 9:30 from Karasuma Oike. The Kuji-aratame will be held at Teramachi Oike, near the viewing reserved seats area. With the leading Hashibenkei-yama (which does not enter the draw), the procession goes from Oike Street to Kawaramachi Street and then heading west on Shijo Street. The revived-Ofune-hoko in 2016, after 150 years will bring up the rear. The dynamic Hoko's Tsuji-mawashi (making a turn) can be seen at the Kawaramachi Oike and Kawaramachi Shijo. Also the proceeding Flower Hat Procession is worth seeing.

Hoko-tate and Yama-tate Construction
Preceding Festival: July 10 (Mon.)-14 (Fri.)
Latter Festival: July 18 (Tue.)-21 (Fri.)
Each Yamahoko community
Each Hoko and Yama community starts to construct their float. Using no nails, massive floats are set up only using traditional technique of tying ropes, is an amazing scene to watch.

Yama & Hoko Trial Pulling
Preceding Festival: July 12 (Wed.) & 13 (Thurs.)
Latter Festival: July 20 (Thurs.) & 21 (Fri.)
Each Yamahoko community
The people of each respective float community try carrying or pulling the newly constructed floats, accompanied by Gion Bayashi music, to ensure that they are ready for the parade. There are couple Hoko that visitors can join pulling on the day.

Shinko-sai and Kanko-sai Festival
July 17 (Mon., national holiday), 24 (Mon.)
Yasaka Shrine - Otabisho
In the Kanko-sai Festival on the 17th, spirit of the deity of Yasaka Shrine is moved to three mikoshi portable shrines and the mikoshi move to Otabisho on Shijo Teramachi. In the Kanko-sai Festival on the 24th, mikoshi return to the shrine.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206 "Gion"

Hanagasa Flower Hat Procession
July 24 (Mon.)
Yasaka Shrine
From 10:00
Hanagasa is an old form of Yama and Hoko floats. Kasa Hoko, Chigo child and children dressed in samurai costumes parade in the city. Geiko and maiko from two kagai also join the procession. With festive music of Gion Bayashi, the large scale procession of about 1,000 people goes around the city.
[Procession route]
Gion Ishidan-shita (Yasaka Shrine) - Teramachi - Oike - Kawaramachi - Shijo - Yasaka Shrine
Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206 "Gion"


Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama17-07-2.bmp
July 1 (Sat.) - Aug. 31 (Thurs.)
19:00-21:00 (boat ride: 19:00 & 20:00)
*No operation on Aug. 16 (Wed.)
Sept. 1 (Fri.) - Sept. 23 (Sat., national holiday)
18:30-20:30 (boat ride: 18:30 & 19:30)

Ukai is a traditional fishing method using cormorants which was even read by the poet of the Heian period, Ariwara-no Narihira. Ukai performance in Arashiyama is one of the most attractive summer events in Kyoto. In the dim light of torches, fisherman release trained cormorants to the river and catch fish. This is a joyful night to enjoy the dinner in a spacious boat and to watch the performance of Ukai.
Time: 19:00, 20:00 (18:30, 19:30 after Sept. 1)
Fee: 1,800 yen (adults) / 900 yen (children: 4-12 years old)
[Reserved boat (reservation required)]
(Boat ride: about 2hours; bringing in meals available)
Fee: 40,000 yen for 10 passengers
70,000 yen for 20 passengers
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Koen"


Pottery Market at Senbon Shaka-do Temple
July 9 (Sun.) - 12 (Wed.)
Senbon Shaka-do Temple
*Memorial service for pottery is held from 14:00 on the 10th
People offer daily gratitude to potteries and pray for the development of pottery industry. During the period, pottery market will be held by around 20:00 in the precinct.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kamishichiken"


Tanabata Festival at Temples & Shrines, Machiya town house

Matchmaking: Tanabata Festival at Machiya in Nishijin17-07-3.bmp
July 1 (Sat.) - 7 (Fri.)
The area called Nishijin is the town of weaving, and Orihime (the weaver princess) is the main character of the Tanabata Festival and worshiped strongly by people in this area. After the Machiya tour, enjoy a special meals associated with Tanabata.
Fee: 8,000 yen plus tax (20 seats; reservation required from 2 or more)
*On the 7th (Fri.): From 12:00-17:00
*There is also the tour to enjoy the Tanabata ritual at Shiramine Shrine (9,000 yen plus tax)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9 "Ichijo Modori-bashi/Seimei Jinja-mae"

Tanabata Festival at Kodai-ji Temple & Night-time Special Opening17-07-4.bmp
Early July
Kodai-ji Temple
Tanabata bamboo decoration will be set up in front of the temple hall. The temple precinct will be beautifully lit-up after sunset.
Entry: 600 yen (until 17:00; entry to Sho museum included)
500 yen (from 17:00; entry to Sho museum not included)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"

Mitarashi Festival and Tanabata Festival
July 7 (Fri.)
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
Tanabata traditional dance will be performed in the Nakano Mori square of the shrine (from 13:30).
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

Tanabata Festival 17-07-5.bmp
July 7 (Fri.)
From 14:00
Jishu Shrine
Jishu Shrine enshrines the deity of romance. Many people come and pray for good matchmaking and achievement of love by writing their own names on paper doll and hung them from pieces of bamboo.
Entry: 400 yen for entry to Kiyomizu Temple is required.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206 "Kiyomizu-michi" or "Gojo-zaka"

Shodaimyojin Reisai Festival
July 7 (Fri.)
From 13:30
Shiramine Shrine
Ancient Kemari ball game, traditional dance and music performance, etc. will be performed. Girls will dance dressed in old and colorful Edo-period costumes.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9 "Horikawa Imadegawa"


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 River17-07-6.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"

Kawa-doko in Kibune17-07-7.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

Kawa-doko in Takao17-07-8.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"

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"


Night time special opening and light up

A fascinating light up
Garden of Light "Jardin de Lumiere" 17-07-9.bmp
Sat., Sun., national holidays from July 22 (Sat.) to Aug. 27 (Sun.)
Aug. 8 (Tue.) & Every day from Aug. 11 (Fri., national holiday) to 16 (Wed.)
Garden Museum Hiei
10:00-20:45 (enter by 20:00)
*Lit-up starts around 18:30
Garden and porcelain panel paintings will be lit up by candles and lights which create romantic atmosphere. Superb view of Lake Biwa and city of Kyoto can be enjoyed from the café terrace.
Entry: 1,030 yen
Access: From Keihan Railway "Demachiyanagi," take Eizan Railway to "Yase Hieizan-guchi," then change to Eizan Cable Ropeway to "Hiei Sancho"

Wind Festival
July 1 (Sat.) - 15 (Sat.)
Senbon Enma-do Temple (Injo-ji)
Night-time lit up of the Deity of Enma, traditional incense ceremony and a prayer will be held.
Entry: 1,000 yen (600 yen for Junior High School students and under)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Senbon Kuramaguchi"

Kifune Water Festival17-07-10.bmp
July 7 (Fri.)
Kifune Shrine
Based on the ancient rain-making ritual, this ceremony shows gratitude for rain. A tea ceremony will be held as well.
[Tanabata Bamboo Decoration & Lit-up]
July 1 (Sat.) - Aug. 15 (Tue.)
Sunset - around 20:00 (until 21:00 on Sat., Sun., national holidays)
Access: From Subway Karasuma Line "Kokusai Kaikan," take Kyoto Bus bound to "Kibune-guchi" to "Kibune"


Onda Festival 17-07-11.bmp
July 16 (Sun.)
Matsuno-o Shrine
3 women who hold paddy rice in hands will be carried on men's shoulder and circle around the precinct three times. Summer vegetables will be offered to the deity.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Matsuno-o Taisha-mae" or Hankyu Arashiyama Line "Matsuno-o Taisha"

Cucumber Purification
July 21 (Fri.), 25 (Tue., the Ox day)
Jinko-in Temple
Cucumbers are used for the purification prayer to get rid of bad health. People write the name of illness on the special piece of paper and wrap a cucumber with the paper. Then bring it back home and rub ill part of body. It is believed that illness will be cured when they bury the cucumber in the yard.
Fee: 1,500 yen (special prayer, including a cucumber)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9 "Jinkoin-mae" or from Subway Karasuma Line "Kitaoji", take Kyoto City Bus #1 to "Jinkoin-mae"

Motomiya Festival 17-07-12.bmp
July 22 (Sat), 23 (Sun)
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
By holding a Manto ritual, thousands of stone lanterns in the precinct and Mt. Inari will be lit up. Yoi-miya (festival eve) festival will be held on the 23rd.
Access: JR Nara Line "Inari" or Keihan Railway "Fushimi Inari"

Pumpkin Purification
July 25 (Tue.)
Anraku-ji Temple
Traditionally, it is believed that eating pumpkin on a specific day in summer can avoid being stricken with paralysis. In this regard, visitors are able to receive cooked pumpkin on this day (free of charge). Temple treasure will be open to the public as well.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Kinrinshako-mae"

Temple Treasure Airing at Shinnyo-do Temple17-07-13.bmp
July 25 (Tue.)
Shinnyo-do Temple
*Event will be canceled in case of rain.
A valuable temple treasures will be aired at the main hall and exhibited to the public.
Biwa tea to get rid of the summer humidity, will be served (free of charge).
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Shinnyodo-mae" or "Kinrinshako-mae"

Hiwatari Fire Festival17-07-14.bmp
July 28 (Fri.)
Tanukidaniyama Fudo-in Temple
After the ceremony (from 19:00), Yamabushi monks will walk on the fire with bare feet. Visitors can try it as well.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Ichijoji Sagarimatsu-cho"

Mitarashi Festival17-07-15.bmp
5 days close to the Ox day in July (TBA)
Shimogamo Shrine
People soak their feet in the sacred Mitarashi Pond and walked through water to give a votive light to the deity and pray for the healthy life.
Fee: 300 yen (candle fee)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"

Cucumber Purification
July 24 (Mon.), 25 (Tue.)
Gochizan Renge-ji Temple
People write their name and age, etc. on a cucumber and give prayer for the deity. Rubbing ill part of the body with the cucumber and bury it in the ground or let it go in the river is said to get rid of illness.
24th: 12:00-20:00
25th: 6:00-18:00
Entry: 1,000 yen for prayer (including a cucumber)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26 "Omuro Ninnaji"

Doyo no Ushi (Midsummer Day of the Ox) Praying Ceremony
July 25 (Tue.)
Sanpo-ji Temple
Put the Horoku (a soil-made pottery) on the head and burning moxa on it will said to be get rid of the body heat and also can avoid being stricken with paralysis.
Prayer Fee: Horoku moxa: 2,000 yen
Cucumber purification: 1,000 yen
Hydrangea prayer: 2,000 yen
Access: JR Bus "Sanpo-ji"

Chinowa Ritual
July 31 (Mon.)
Goko-gu Shrine
On 15:00 and 23:00, after Shinto priest walk through the tall chino-wa wreath, the prayers will follow. People bring back a sacred wreath called "Chigaya" made with reed home and hang it on the entrance which is believed to ward off illness.
Access: Kintetsu Railway "Momoyamagoryo-mae" or Keihan Railway "Fushimi Momoyama" or JR Nara Line "Momoyama"

Sennichi Mairi Thousand Shrine Visit
July 31 (Mon.)
Atago Shrine
From sunset
It is believed that visiting the shrine on this day is equivalent to visiting 1,000 times.
Access: Kyoto Bus #84 "Kiyotaki"

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〔Seasonal Flowers〕

Flower Events

Hydrangea Festival and Garden Opening 17-07-16.bmp
Early June to early July
Fujinomori Shrine
Fujinomori Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. The large shrine precinct will be full of colorful hydrangeas during the rainy season. Hydrangea Festival will be held on June 15.
Entry: 300 yen (TBA)
Access: JR Nara Line "JR Fujinomori" or Keihan Railway "Sumizome"

Hydrangea Garden Opening and Night-time Lit-up17-07-17.bmp
June 1 (Thurs.) - July 9 (Sun.)
Mimuroto-ji Temple
The grand scenery of some 16,550 square meters' garden filled with 10,000 hydrangea bushes of 50 different kinds, makes the great view in the Kansai area.
"Night-time Lit-up"
Lit-up: Sat. and Sun. from June 10 (Sat.) to 25 (Sun.)
19:00-21:00 (doors closed at 20:30)
The lit up Hydrangea makes a beautiful night view.
Entry: 500 yen (adults) *Required to buy ticket separately for day/night-time.
Access: Keihan Railway Uji Line "Mimuroto"

Garden Special Opening for Lizard Tail17-07-18.bmp
Late May - early July (TBA)
Ryosoku-in Temple in Kennin-ji Temple Complex
10:00-16:30 (doors closed)
The flower of lizard tail gradually changes its color to white in early summer. The color of flower will decorate the temple precinct.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"

Lotus Sake Party 17-07-19.bmp
July 14 (Fri.)
Mimuroto-ji Temple
9:00 - around 12:00
Visitors can try a unique experience to drink sake that are poured in the large lotus leaf and drink it with its stem. It is believed that drinking this sake will make a healthy and long life (Sake will be offered to the first 300 people).
Entry: 500 yen (additional 500 yen is required to enter the temple)
Access: Keihan Railway Uji Line "Mimuroto"

Lotus Flower Viewing Party17-07-20.bmp
July 9 (Sun.) - July 31 (Mon.) (TBA)
Hokongo-in Temple
7:00 (doors open) - 15:00 (doors closed)
It is said that there are a blue, yellow, red and white lotus flowers blooming in the heaven; therefore, 4 kinds of lotuses are gathered at this temple. In the Kaiyu-shiki garden precinct (designated as a scenic beauty site) about 90 types of different lotus flowers will bloom one after another. At the best time of flowers in mid-summer, the early morning "Kanren-e" ceremony will be held.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: JR Sagano Line "Hanazono"

July Flowers
Best time for each flower depends on the year.

【Water Lily】

Soryu-chi Pond in Heian Shrine 17-07-21.bmp
It is just like being in a heaven at Soryu-chi pond to enjoy the beautiful view of lotus flowers floating on the pond and experience the crossing stepping-stones, etc.
Best time: Early May - early Sept.
Entry to Shin-en Garden: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"

Himuro Pond in Kaju-ji Temple
Lotuses float all over the Himuro pond which has the Heian period-style and their view with its prestigious temple architecture as a backdrop, creates a perfectly elegant scene.
Best time: Mid-May - mid-July
Entry: 400 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ono"

Kyoyo-chi Pond in Ryoan-ji Temple17-07-22.bmp
Starting from the rainy season to mid-summer, Kyoyo-chi Pond located at the left side of Sanmon gate will be decorated with full of white, red and yellow water lily flowers. The petals open in the morning sun and start closing in early afternoon.
Best time: Late May - mid-Sept.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, "Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae"

Garden Museum Hiei 17-07-23.bmp
Water lilies bloom in the pond of the "Garden of Lily." The garden was designed to incorporate Japanese motifs that were imagined by Monet and other artists.
Best time: Mid-May - mid-Sept.
Entry: 1,030 yen
Access: Keihan Bus "Hiei Sancho"


Mimuroto-ji Temple 17-07-24.bmp
About 100 different kinds of 250 pots of lotus flowers will bloom at the "Lotus Garden" in front of the main hall.
Best time: Early - late July
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Keihan Railway Uji Line "Mimuroto"

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About 90 different kinds of 100 pots of lotuses are planted in the garden.
Best time: Mid - late July
Entry: 500 yen
Access: JR Sagano Line "Hanazono"

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A number of lotuses bloom in the Hojo pond at the temple approach.
Best time: Early - late July
Entry: 500 yen (the area around the pond is free of charge to enter)
Access: Kyoto Bus #71, 72 "Keifuku Arashiyama-eki-mae" or Randen "Arashiyama"


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The temple has the "Garden of the Tale of Genji." Its garden ground is covered with white gravels and green moss. Bellflowers add vivid colors to the garden.
Best time: Late June - early Sept.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, 17, 205 "Furitsu Idaibyoin-mae"

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This temple is known as the Temple of Bellflower. Purple bellflowers will add a beautiful colors to the Karesansui garden where covered with moss.
Best time: Late June - early July
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #208 "Tofukuji"

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Sen-oku Hakuko kan
Special Exhibition "Remnant of Chu Asai 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, 93, 203, 204 "Higashi Tenno-cho," or #32, 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"

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

Noh & Kyogen Theater

Kyoto Kanze Kaikan
"Summer Time Su-utai and Shimai Performance"
July 9 (Sun.)
From 11:00
Program: "Kamo" "Izutsu" "Tokusa" "Aoi-no-ue"
Tickets: 4,500 yen (Advance tickets for adults), 2,500 yen (students)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazakikoen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"