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October 2017


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〔Seasonal Events〕>>>

Jidai Matsuri Festival17-10-1.bmp
Oct. 22 (Sun.)
*Postponed in case of rain; the procession departs from Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace) at noon.
Jidai Matsuri Festival is one of three Kyoto's most important festivals held in autumn. The procession starts with soldiers from the Bakumatsu (the end of the Edo period), proceeding Kyoto's main street playing flutes. The procession will be followed by the participants wearing each era's costume from the Edo period, Azuchi Momoyama, Yoshino, Muromachi, Kamakura, Fujiwara, then to Enryaku. 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, horse cart and cow 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
Anti-shogunate patriots from the end of the Edo period: 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: Murasaki Shikibu, Seisho-nagon, 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

●Procession Course
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, proceeds 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 along the streets above the route, but the charged seats are recommended which will be set at the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Oike Street and Heian Jingu shrine.

Special Charged Seats are recommended!
The 2017 Jidai Matsuri Festival parade viewing seat tickets will be sold from August 29 (Tue.), 2017.
Fee: 2,050 yen (TBA) (all seats reserved with brochure)
Special seat will be set in the Imperial Palace, on Oike Street and approach to the Heian Jingu Shrine
Ticket sales starts from late Aug., at JTB, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Lawson, Mini Stop, etc.
For details, please contact at Kyoto City Tourism Association: Tel: 075 (213)1717

Must-visit places along with the Jidai Matsuri Festival

Old Residence of Kan-in no Miya
Closed Mon. and End & Beginning of the year
9:00-16:30 (enter by 16:00)
This is an old site where one of the imperial members, Kan-in no Miya resided. The natural life and history of the Kyoto Imperial Park can be learnt at the exhibit room. The Japanese garden will be open to the public as well.
Entry: free of charge
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Marutamachi"

Old Residence of Kujo Family and Shusui-tei (tea ceremony room)
Mar. 1 (Wed.) - Dec. 27 (Wed.)

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 (high school students or older)
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Marutamachi"

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〔Event Highlights〕

Autumn Special Openings

[Rakuchu Central Area]

Shokoku-ji Temple
Sept. 25 (Mon.) - Dec. 15 (Fri.) (TBA)
*Closed from Oct. 18th to 21st; Hatto Hall will be open to the public only from Oct. 3rd to 5th (from 11:00).
Hatto hall, Hojo hall and Kaizan-do hall will be open to the public on this special occasion.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa"

Shinnyo-in Temple17-10-2.bmp
Oct. 21 (Sat.), 22 (Sun.), 28 (Sat.), 29 (Sun.) & Nov. 1 (Wed.)-5 (Sun.) (TBA)
This is an old historic site related to two popular historic figures, Nobunaga Oda and Yoshiaki Ashikaga. A peculiar style dry landscape garden arranged by stone with scaled-design, will be open to the public.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9 "Horikawa Gojo"

[Rakuto Eastern Area]

Shogo-in Temple
Sept. 16 (Sat.) - Dec. 10 (Sun.)
*Closed on some days.
Gorgeous wall paintings by Kano school in the Shinden hall, the main statue of Fudo Myo-ou, Shoin study room built by Emperor Gomizuno-o and main hall and other precious treasures will be open to the public.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kumano Jinja-mae"

Ginkaku-ji Temple
Autumn Special Opening "The National Treasure, Togu-do Hall"
Early Oct. - late Nov.
This temple was built by Yoshimasa Ashikaga, the 8th shogun of Muromachi Bakufu.
Togu-do Hall (National Treasure) is a special tea ceremony room where origin of tea ceremony, flower arrangement and incense manners prospered. This superb hall will be open to the public on this special occasion.
Entry: 1,000 yen (additional 500 yen will be required for general entry to the temple)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Ginkakuji-michi"

Choraku-ji Temple
Autumn Special Exhibition "Treasures Related to Monk Yugyo"
Oct. 20 (Fri.) - Nov. 30 (Thurs.)
Temple treasures related to the monk Yugyo will be open to the public.
Entry: 650 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Gion"

Kodai-ji Temple17-10-3.bmp
Mid-Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
This temple was built by Kitano Mandokoro, often called Nene, who was the wife of the famous warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Makié is the superb handicraft work using lacquer, gold and silver. The temple's makié collection is extremely valuable and is called Kodai-ji Makié. Many other must-see spots are dotted in the temple precinct.
Entry: 600 yen (with entry to Sho Museum)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"

Entoku-in Temple17-10-4.bmp
Mid-Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
Sliding door paintings by Tohaku Hasegawa and superb Japanese garden are worth seeing. Visitors are able to have a relaxing strolling moment.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"

[Rakuhoku Northern Area]

Hon-bo Hall in Daitoku-ji Temple17-10-5.bmp
Sep. 16 (Sat.) - Oct. 15 (Sat.) (TBA)
*There will be a closing day.
Hojo hall (national treasure), and dry landscape garden (designated as the special scenic beauty spot) will be open to the public. About 80 fusuma sliding door paintings at the Hojo hall were all painted by Tanyu Kano. Also, a famous dragon painting at Hatto hall will be open to the public.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Daitokuji-mae"

Special Opening of Sub-temples in Daitoku-ji Temple Complex17-10-6.bmp
Early Oct. - early Dec.
*Korin-in Temple will be open until mid-Dec.
Soken-in Temple, Obai-in Temple, Korin-in Temple
Grave of Nobunaga Oda, one of the most famous samurai warriors in the 16th century, is located in Soken-in Temple. Kuri, or a monk's living quarters/kitchen in Obai-in Temple is Japan's oldest remaining architecture existing today. Main hall, main gate and Kara-mon gate of Korin-in Temple were built in the Muromachi period and are the typical Zen Buddhism-architectural structures of the age.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Daitokuji-mae"

Bakuryo Special Exhibition
Oct. 8 (Sun.) (Closed in case of rain)
Hon-bo Hall of Daitoku-ji Temple
The Hon-bo hall of Daitoku-ji Temple is generally closed to the public but it is open only one day a year. About 100 of temple's important paintings and calligraphies, including Kano Tanyu's sliding door paintings, will be aired out and displayed.
Entry: 1,300 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Daitokuji-mae"

Bakuryo Special Exhibition
Oct. 8 (Sun.)
Koto-in Temple in Daitoku-ji Temple Complex
The temple treasure of 2 pairs of ink painting called "Kenpon Bokuga Sansui-zu" was painted during the Southern Sung period and is designated as a national treasure.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Daitokuji-mae"

[Rakusai Western Area]

Special Opening "Ceiling of Flower" in Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine17-10-7.bmp
Sept. 8 (Fri.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
*Closed on Oct. 1 and 7-9.
Colorful 44 flowers are painted on the ceiling of main hall which were drawn in the Edo period.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: JR Bus "Hiraoka Hachiman"

Special Opening of the Garden in Rakusai17-10-8.bmp
Mid-Sept. - mid-Dec. (TBA)
Hogon-in Temple
This popular garden is called "Garden of Roaring Lion," which is one of the best gardens in the western Kyoto. This superb place was even introduced in the tourist guide book "Miyako Rinsen Meishozu-e" of the Edo period.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"

Autumn Special Opening of Kogen-ji Temple
Early Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
The main hall appreciates a grand view of the mountains as a borrowed landscape.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"

Ninna-ji Temple - Autumn Special Exhibition of Reiho-kan Museum
Oct. 1 (Sun.) - Nov. 23 (Thurs., national holiday)
Number of valuable temple treasures, including the national treasures, Kujyaku Myo-ou" statue and Amida Sanzon statue will be exhibited.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26 "Omuro Ninnaji"

Seiryo-ji Temple - Autumn Special Exhibition of Reiho-kan Museum
Oct. 1 (Sun.) - Nov. 30 (Thurs.)
Amida Sanzon statue (national treasure), treasures found inside the Buddhist statue (national treasure) and many other treasures will be exhibited.
Entry: 400 yen (700 yen for the joint ticket with the main hall)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Saga Shakado-mae"

Autumn Special Exhibition "The Former Saga Imperial Palace-Prosperity of Daikaku-ji Temple and its Treasures" 17-10-9.bmp
Sept. 29 (Fri.) - Dec. 4 (Mon.)
Based on the exhibition theme, temple treasures including important cultural properties, will be exhibited.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Daikakuji"

Godai Kokuzo Bosatsu Statues Opening17-10-10.bmp
Oct. 7 (Sat.) - 9 (Mon., national holiday)
Jingo-ji Temple
At Taho-to hall, the Five Major Kokuzo Bosatsu statue will be open to the public and a special prayer will be held as well.
Entry: 500 yen (additional entry fee of 600 yen is required)
Access: JR Bus "Yamashiro Takao"

[Rakunan Southern Area]

To-ji Temple - Autumn Special Opening of Homotsu-kan Museum17-10-11.bmp
Sept. 20 (Wed.) - Nov. 25 (Sat.)
This temple is famous for its Mikkyo (Esoteric Buddhism) mandala art and about 15,000 pieces of temple treasures will be exhibited based on the exhibition theme.
Entry: 500 yen (museum only)
Access: Kintetsu Railway Kyoto Line "Toji"

Daigo-ji Temple - Autumn Special Opening of Reiho-kan Museum17-10-12.bmp
Late Sept. - early Dec. (TBA)
About 150,000 of temple treasures from olden days will be exhibited. Treasures from ancient and in the medieval period are kept in silence in the hall and a part of them will be exhibited on this special occasion.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Daigo"

Temples & Shrines Night-time Opening & Light-up

Lantern Viewing Party17-10-13.bmp
Oct. 6 (Fri.) - 15 (Sun.) (rain-or-shine)
18:00-20:30 (doors closed)
Torin-in Temple in Myoshin-ji Temple Complex
The garden is famous for its Sal-tree, and about 400 candles will be lit on hand-made lanterns and old tiles and they illuminate the white sand and garden-moss gently.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: JR Sagano Line "Hanazono"

Kodai-ji Temple
Mid-Oct. - early Dec.
Sunset -21:30 (doors closed)
The garden will loom out of the darkness mystically with the light up in autumn colors, just like makié-lacquerware painting.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"

Entoku-in Temple17-10-14.bmp
Mid-Oct. - early Dec.
Sunset -21:30 (doors closed)
The garden will invite visitors to the subtle world of night illumination.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"

Shoren-in Temple17-10-15.bmp
Late Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
18:00-21:30 (doors closed)
The stroll round garden with pond made by Soami, and the "Kirishima garden" made by Enshu Kobori will loom out of the darkness beautifully with light up.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Jingu-michi"

Seiryu-den at Shogun-zuka
Late Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
17:00-21:00 (doors closed)
The entire city grand view of Kyoto can be enjoyed from this place. The beautiful autumn leaves will decorate the vast precinct with beautiful colors.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Take taxi from Subway Karasuma Line "Keage"

Autumn Special Exhibition of Daiou-in Temple in Myoshin-ji Temple Complex
Ten days: Oct. 1 (Sun.), 7 (Sat.), 8 (Sun.), 9 (Mon., national holiday), 14 (Sat.), 15 (Sun.), 21 (Sat.), 22 (Sun.), 28 (Sat.), 29 (Sun.)
*The opening day may change due to holding the Buddhism ceremony.
Entry: 600 yen (300 yen for Junior and High School students; free for elementary school students and under)
Guide: two guides are available for guidance (Sky Association)


Flower Park Cosmos Garden17-10-16.bmp
Early Sept. - mid-Oct.
Arashiyama-Takao Park Way (next to the Kankudai Amusement Park)
The Flower Park Cosmos Garden will be open in the Arashiyama-Takao Park Way, a road which runs in the western Kyoto city with abundant nature. More than 100,000 cosmos flowers bloom on the hillside of the garden. Their barrier-free observation deck is also popular.
Entry: Free of charge (Although the parkway-toll will be charged.)


Tour around Mount Hiei and Lake Biwa17-10-17.bmp
Mount Hiei Stamp-Rally 2017
Sept. 23 (Sat., national holiday) - Oct. 22 (Sun.)
Enryaku-ji Temple and other places
This is a grand stamp-rally to tour around the Mount Hiei, Lake Biwa and ancient ruins, and many more!
Stamp Spots: Eizan Cable Railway "Yase" Station, Tou-do Konpon Chudo Hall, Sai-to Shaka-do Hall, Minemichi Restaurant, Yokawa Chudo Hall, L' Hotel de Hiei, Garden Museum Hiei, Saikyo-ji Temple, former Chikurin-in Temple, Hiyoshi Taisha, Eizan Cable Railway "Sakamoto" Station, Otsu Port, Yumemi-gaoka, Shiga-in Monzeki,
Access: Keihan Bus, Kyoto Bus bound to Hiei Sancho "Enryaku-ji Bus Center"


Kitano Mandokoro Special Tea Ceremony17-10-18.bmp
Oct. 6 (Fri.)
Kodai-ji Temple
This tea ceremony is dedicated for Kitano Mandokoro, the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi. The 6th is the monthly memorial service day for her and thus holding yearly special tea ceremony on this day.
Fee: 11,000 yen (*Please buy for the ticket in advance)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Kiyomizu Pottery Festival17-10-19.bmp
Oct. 20 (Fri.) - 22 (Sun.)
Kiyomizuyaki Danchi of Yamashina-ku
Only a 12-minutes ride by Taxi from Kyoto Station. Kiyomizuyaki Danchi is the production area of pottery at the foot of Higashiyama Mountains where about 60 companies doing business with pottery gather. The Kiyomizu Pottery Festival is held once a year and all of Kiyomizu pottery makers and shops join! Prices are surprisingly reasonable during the festival!
Access: Keihan Bus #29, 29A from JR "Yamashina" and get off at "Kiyomizuyaki Danchi"
*Special shuttle service from the Kyoto Station is available; also, parking lot is available for motor coach.


Onshu-kai Autumn Dance Performance in Kagai
Autumn is the season when each kagai (geiko and maiko districts) will organize their annual dance performance. In general, the first lesson of the year begins in kagai in April and September is the ending month. All geiko and maiko in each kagai will take their best to show their best performance on stage.

Miyagawacho "Mizue-kai" 17-10-20.bmp
Oct. 12 (Thurs.) - 15 (Sun.)
Miyagawacho Kaburenjo Theatre
The numbers are selected from the Japanese classics and the elegant dance will be performed.
Ticket: TBA
Access: Kyoto City Bus #207 from subway "Shijo", and get off at "Shijo Keihan-mae" or Keihan Railway "Gion Shijo"

Pontocho "Suimei-kai" 17-10-21.bmp
Oct. 19 (Thurs.) - 22 (Sun.)
Opening curtain: 16:00
Pontocho Kaburenjo Theatre
This place proud of having a long history and this year will be the 104th performance. Their highly skilled performance is must see.
Ticket: TBA
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Kawaramachi Sanjo"

Kamishichiken "Kotobuki-kai" 17-10-22.bmp
Oct. 8 (Sun.) - 12 (Thurs.) (TBA)
Curtain opening: 16:00 (two performances on Sun.: from 13:00, from 16:00)
Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theatre
Kamigata and Nagauta songs and classic numbers will be performed.
Ticket: 8,000 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, 101, 203 "Kamishichiken"

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〔Seasonal Events〕

Zuiki Festival 17-10-23.bmp
Oct. 1 (Sun.) - 5 (Thurs.)
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
Zuiki Festival is dedicated to the shrine deity which people express gratitude for good harvest of the year. The roof of two mikoshi portable shrines, large and small, are made of taro stem (zuiki). The mikoshi will be exhibited in the Otabisho (1st-4th; morning only).
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, 101 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

Shinko-sai Festival at Goko-gu Shrine 17-10-24.bmp
Sept. 30 (Sat.) - Oct. 8 (Sun.) (TBA)
Goko-gu Shrine
This large scale festival is also known as "Fushimi Festival" which is held at Rakunan southern part of the city. People call it "Hanagasa Festival" as the festival has succeeded tradition of Hanagasa Flower Umbrella since the Muromachi period. The procession of Hanagasa will be held on September 30th and October 7th. The mikoshi portable shrine procession will be held on October 8th.
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Momoyama Goryo-mae" or JR Nara Line "Momoyama"

Koin Tai-sai Festival
Oct. 7 (Sat.), 8 (Sun.)
Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine
This festival is to pray for the safety of families and business success. In the precinct, various kinds of ceremonies and events will be held.
Access: JR Nara Line "Inari"

Yamaguni Sakigake Festival
Oct. 8 (Sun.)
Yamaguni Jinja Shrine
Yamaguni-tai is the Imperial loyalist troops from the countryside of Kyoto who were active in the end of Edo-period. They are entrusted with the honor of guarding the brocaded Imperial standard. In Kanko-sai festival, Yamaguni-tai troop will march around the area reproducing the appearance of the day. The Sakigake Festival will be held on the same day with annual festival. The Yamaguni-tai and mikoshi portable procession and local food and good market will be held.
Access: Get off at JR Bus Takao Keihoku Line "Shuzan," then change to Furusato Bus to "Yamaguni Goryo-mae"
*There will be also a shuttle bus on the festival day.

Shamenchi Dance
Oct. 8 (Sun.)
Akimoto Shrine, Yase Doshi-kai
Shamenchi Dance is a peculiar traditional dance which is designated as an intangible cultural property, taking place in Rakuhoku, the northern part of Kyoto city. Eight boys disguise in girl's costume (and putting cut-paper translucent lantern on their head) will dedicate their quite dance to the deity with the sound of drums.
Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18 "Furusato-mae"

Eto Praying Festival
Oct. 9 (Mon., national holiday)
Shimogamo Shrine
This is an annual autumn festival held at Shimogamo Shrine to show gratitude for the rich harvest and business success. Along with traditional ceremony, ancient court music and dance will be performed. Many stalls and fun events will be held too.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"

Memorial Service for Dolls
Oct. 14 (Sat.)
Hokyo-ji Temple
A large scale memorial service for old dolls will be held. Shimabara Tayu, the most important geisha in Shimabara district, will join the ceremony and perform elegant dance. The reception time is from 10:00 to 10:30. The memorial service will start from 10:30 for about an hour.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, 12 "Horikawa Teranouchi"

Saigu Procession 17-10-25.bmp
Oct. 15 (Sun.)
Nonomiya Shrine, surrounding of Togetsu Bridge
This festival is said to have come from the legend of imperial court which had sent the imperial princess as a Saigu to The Grand Shrine of Ise. The elegant and gorgeous Heian-period procession will depart from the shrine at noon and walk through to the Togetsu Bridge. Purification ritual will be held at around 14:00 by Hozu River.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Nonomiya"

Kasakake Ritual 17-10-26.bmp
Oct. 15 (Sun.)
Kamigamo Shrine
The ritual was dedicated at this shrine more than 800 years ago. Acrobatic horse riding technique will be performed from 13:00. The rider shoots an arrow to the target on the ground while riding on the horse at the full speed.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"

25 Bosatsu Procession
Oct. 15 (Sun.)
From 13:00
Sokujo-in Temple
This Buddhist ceremony expresses the philosophy of Bosatsu appearing to life on the earth and leading people to the Pure Land. About 300 people, including 25 boys dressed in gorgeous kimono with gold brocade make a large procession which starts from Jizo-do hall (presumed as this world). The best highlight is when the procession crosses the 50-meter bridge, expresses going to heaven.
Entry: main hall 1,000 yen (free to enter the precinct)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #208, "Sennyuji-michi"

Funaoka Taisai
Oct. 19 (Thurs.)
From 11:00
Kenkun Jinja Shrine
The shrine enshrines Nobunaga Oda, one of the famous warlords in Japan and his son, Nobutada. This is the festival to celebrate the day which took place in 1568 when Nobunaga entered Kyoto. Ancient song and dance will be offered to the deity.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kenkun Jinja-mae"

Izumo Daijin-gu Reisai Annual Festival 17-10-27.bmp
Oct. 21 (Sat.)
Izumo Daijin-gu Shrine
The main hall is very old that it is said to be built on October 21st of 709. Thus the annual festival is held on this day. This hall was rebuilt by Takauji Ashikaga and Katsumoto Hosokawa in the past.
Access: Kameoka City Furusato Bus "Izumo Jinja-mae"

Kurama Fire Festival
Oct. 22 (Sun.) Rain-or-shine
Yuki Shrine
At 18:00, men from the local village will gather and move to the shrine carrying huge pine torches with fire (5 meters long) on the shoulder. The surrounding area will become surrounded by fire producing a thrilling evening.
Note: The ceremony will end around midnight; the area will be extremely crowded from around 15:00 on the day of the event.
The route to the village will be blocked from Kibune-guchi Station of Eizan Railway.
Make sure to wear proper clothing as the festival uses fire.
Access: From Demachiyanagi, take the Eizan Railway and get off at "Kurama"

The Harvest Moon Viewing
This year will be October 4th (Wed.)

Moon Viewing Party17-10-28.bmp
Oct. 4 (Wed.) - 6 (Fri.) (TBA)
Osawa Pond in Daikaku-ji Temple
17:00- around 21:00
Moon viewing will be held on the boat at the renowned moon viewing place of Osawa Pond since the ancient time.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, 91 or Kyoto Bus #71, 81 "Daikakuji-mae"

Moon Viewing and Music Festival17-10-29.bmp
Oct. 4 (Wed.)
Shimogamo Shrine
After the Shinto ritual held at Hashi-dono, a traditional dance and music will be offered to the deity.
Tea ceremony: 1,000 yen (TBA)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"

Kamo Moon Viewing Festival17-10-30.bmp
Oct. 4 (Wed.)
From 17:30
Kamigamo Shrine
After the Shinto ritual in the moonlight, a variety of special events offered to the deity including traditional live music performance.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"

Moon Viewing Festival
Oct. 4 (Wed.)
Hirano Shrine
After the Shinto ritual, a Japanese folk song, traditional dance and ancient court music will be played. Tea ceremony will be offered (charged) to the visitors.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, 205 "Kinugasako-mae"

Bright Moon Viewing Festival
Oct. 4 (Wed.)
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
The festival is also known as "Imo Meigetsu," because of its offerings are Zuiki (a kind of vegetable), Satoimo (taro) and Tsukimi Dango (moon viewing rice dumpling). On Nov. 11th, the "Moon viewing festival (also called Mame mei-getsu)" will be held.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

Moon Viewing Tea Ceremony17-10-31.bmp
Early Oct. (TBA)
Taizo-in Temple at Myoshin-ji Temple Complex
Other than tea ceremony, dinner and garden opening, also the Japanese ancient music play will be held.
Fee: 9,000 yen (reservation required)
Access: JR Sagano Line "Hanazono"

Moon Viewing Party17-10-32.bmp
Oct. 7 (Sat.)
Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Matsuno-o Taisha"

Moon Viewing Party at Shinsen-en Temple17-10-33.bmp
Oct. 7 (Sat.) (TBA)
Shinsen-en garden
After the prayer, visitors can watch the full moon on the boat starting from 18:30. From 19:00, the traditional music dedicated to the deity will be played. The garden will be open to the public for free.
Boat ride: 700 yen (limited to 150 people on the day)
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Nijojo-mae"

Enjoy Folk Performing Art under the Autumn Sky

Mibu Kyogen17-10-34.bmp
Oct. 7 (Sat.) - 9 (Mon., national holiday)
Mibu Temple
Mibu Kyogen is a Buddhist performance which is performed without voice. Performers will play their roles wearing mask on their face with the sound of bells, drums and whistles. Each day, 6 playswill be performed (13:00-17:30).
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, "Mibudera-michi"

Imayo Poetry Reading Party17-10-35.JPG
Oct. 8 (Sun.)
From 15:00
Hoju-ji Temple
This is to reproduce the "Imayo Uta-awase" ceremony which took place at the Hoju-ji Temple from September 15th for fifteen days of 1174, during the Heian period. People dressed in the Heian-period costumes will improvise the popular poetry "Imayo" while other people dance and play music.
Entry: 1,000 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, 208 "Hakubutsukan/Sanjusangendo-mae"

Watch and Learn about Sword Pike

Annual Festival of Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
Oct. 8 (Sun.)
Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
Unique sumo wrestling in which adults and young boys fight to each other and the boys always win. This is one of the rare opportunities to watch traditional ceremony using sword pikes.
Access: JR Bus "Hiraoka Hachiman"

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Oct. 14 (Sat.), 15 (Sun.)
Saiin Kasuga Shrine
This festival has been inherited since the shrine was built after it had welcomed the god from Nara's Kasuga Shrine. Two mikoshi portable shrines made in the early Edo period and five sword pikes will march around the neighborhood.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Nishioji Shijo"

Annual Festival of Awata Shrine
Oct. 7 (Sat.) - 9 (Mon., national holiday), 15 (Sun.)
Awata Shrine
The festival has about a thousand year history. One of the sword pikes was made in the late Heian period, and said to be the original model of the Yama-hoko of Gion Festival. The Hoko-sashi procession (men wearing belt and putting the Ken-hoko to their belt to make hoko stand while walking) will take place on this day.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Jingu-michi"

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The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
"Koji Kinutani Exhibition - The Journey of Colors and Images"
Aug. 22 (Tue.) - Oct. 15 (Sun.)
Entry: TBA
Access: Kyoto City Bus #100 "Okazaki-koen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
"Yatate (Brush Holder) and Tabako-ire (pouch for Tobacco)"
Aug. 19 (Sat.) - Nov. 12 (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 (Sat.), 2016 - Oct. 15 (Sun.), 2017
Entry: free
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, 101 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

Sen-oku Hakuko kan
Special Exhibition "Beauty of Urushi Lacquer - The Weaving World of Black and Gold, Silver"
Sept. 2 (Sat.) - Oct. 15 (Sun.)
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Higashi Tenno-cho"

Noh & Kyogen Theatre

Kyoto Kanze Kaikan
The 59th Kyoto Kanze Noh Performance - "Taka Hime" after 50 years
Oct. 22 (Sun.)
Part 1: From 10:30
Program: Noh "Matsu-kaze" "Taka Hime"
Part 2: From 15:00
Program: Noh "Ume" "Taka Hime"
Ticket: TBA
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"

Kongo Noh Theatre
Kongo Regular Noh Performance
Oct. 22 (Sun.)
From 13:30
Program: Noh "Hashibenkei (performed by candlelight)" "Kanawa" / Kyogen / Shimai
Ticket: 6,000 yen (adults), 3,000 yen (students)
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa"