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Night-time Special Opening and Autumn Leaves Lit-up


Kodai-ji Temple ■■■1
Oct. 22 (Sun.) - Dec. 10 (Sun.) (TBA)
Open: Sunset-21:30
Here, the scenery of maple leaves looming out of the darkness is just like a pictures drawn on a maki-e lacquer ware.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Entoku-in Temple ■■■2
Oct. 22 (Sun.) - Dec. 10 (Sun.)
*Closed on Dec. 8 & 9.
Open: Sunset -21:30
Visitors will be invited to a subtle world with its long in depth garden.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Shoren-in Temple
Late Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
Open: 18:00-21:30
The stroll round garden designed by Soami and "Kirishima Garden" designed by Enshu Kobori will be loomed out of the darkness with the light up.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Jingu-michi"


Seiryu-den hall at Shogun-zuka ■■■3
Late Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
Open: 17:00-21:00
Here, a superb view of an entire city from atop of a hill can be observed. Autumn leaves are scattered about on the entire garden where able to stroll around.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Take a taxi from Subway Tozai Line "Keage"


Chion-in Temple
Early Nov. - early Dec.
Open: 17:30-21:00
Here, their Amida-do hall and Yuzen-en will be lit-up.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Chioin-mae"


Eikan-do Temple ■■■4
Nov. 7 (Tue.) - Dec. 6 (Wed.) (TBA)
Open: 17:30-20:30
Autumn leaves that almost reaching to the main hall and corridor, makes a gorgeous view.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Nanzenji Eikando-michi"


Kiyomizu Temple
Nov. 11 (Sat.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Open: 18:30-21:00
Against a backdrop of autumn leaves, the "Kiyomizu no Butai (stage)" and a richly colored West Gate show a gorgeous view in the night sky.
Entry: 400 yen

"Special Garden Opening of Joju-in Temple"
Nov. 18 (Sat.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Open: 18:30-20:30
Visitors are able to enjoy the elegant autumn night at their "Moon Garden."
Entry: 600 yen (additional 400 yen is required to enter the Kiyomizu Temple)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kiyomizu-michi"


Zuishin-in Temple■■■5
Mid-Nov. - early Dec. (TBA)
Open: 18:00-20:30
This temple is located in the Ono village and the temple has a deep relationship with the Ono no Komachi. The place will be beautifully lit up at night time.
Entry: 600 yen (night time only)
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ono"


[Rakuchu Central Area]

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine ■■■6
Early Nov. - early Dec.
Open: Sunset - 20:00
The earth fort called Odoi and its surrounding autumn leaves will show a beautiful scenery.
Entry: 700 yen (with tea and sweet)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"


[Rakusai Western Area]

Sagano Torokko Tram Night-time Light up■■■7
Mid-Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
About 7.3 km tram route (between Kameoka and Arashiyama via Hozu-kyo Gorge) will be lit up.
*The lit-up will be held for the last tram on the day along the lit-up course.
Ticket (one way): Adults: 620 yen, children: 310 yen


Night Time Special Opening of Old Saga Imperial Palace Daikaku-ji Temple■■8
Nov. 10 (Fri.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Open: 17:30-20:00
The vast area of its precinct and around Osawa Pond will be illuminated with a mystical light up.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Daikakuji"


Hogon-in Temple■■■9
Mid-Nov. - early Dec.
Open: 17:30-20:15
Enjoy a superb autumn leaves in the night time with a view of "Shishiku no Niwa" garden.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"


[Rakunan Southern Area]

To-ji Temple■■■10
Oct. 28 (Sat.) - Dec. 10 (Sun.)
Open: 18:30-21:00
The night time illumination and night time entry will be held.
Entry: 1,000 yen
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Toji"


Daigo-ji Temple■■■11
Mid-Nov. - early Dec. (TBA)
Open: 18:00-20:10
Surrounding of Shimo Daigo (lower part) area, including Kondo-hall and Five Story Pagoda will be illuminated.
Entry: 1,000 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Daigo"


Special Exhibition and Special Opening


[Rakuchu Central Area]

The Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa (2F of the Main building) ■■■12
Nov. 16 (Thurs.) - Dec. 5 (Tue.)
The wealthy merchant, Mitsui Family's old villa (Important Cultural Property) was built in 1925 and is located on the south side of Shimogamo Shrine. The main building, followed by elegantly built entrance building, was built to have an open space atmosphere beautifully harmonized with the garden which spreads to the south. At the garden, there is a stone lantern, huge rock and a gourd-shaped pond, which its water is drawn from Izumi River.
On this special occasion, the 2F of main building (generally not opened to the public) will be opened, aside from generally opened entrance building, 1F of main building and garden. Enjoy the superb view of their garden observing from the 2nd floor.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Aoi-bashi Nishi-zume," or Kyoto City Bus #4, 17 "Demachiyanagi Eki-mae"
Inquiry: Kyoto City Tourism Association: Tel: 075-213-1717


Shokoku-ji Temple
Sep. 25 (Mon.) - Dec. 15 (Fri.) (TBA)
*Closed on Oct. 18-21.
*During Oct. 3-5, only Hatto Hall will be open from 11:00.
Hatto Hall is well known for its "crying dragon" painting on the ceiling. Also, Kaizan-do Hall and Hojo will be open to the public.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa"


Special Opening of Earth Fort at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine■■■13
Early Nov. - early Dec.
The Odoi, an earth fort which is kept close to an original shape, its surrounding autumn leaves, reflecting on the surface of Kamiya River, makes a rural beauty scene.
Entry: 700 yen (with tea and sweet)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"


[Rakuto Eastern Area]

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


Special Opening of "Kobuntei Tea Ceremony Room"
Early Nov. - early Dec. (TBA)
Shoren-in Temple
Shoren-in Temple was used to be Awata Gosho imperial palace. Kobuntei tea ceremony room was used as a study room in the Edo period. During the special opening period, visitors are able to enjoy the formal tea ceremony.
Entry: 1,000 yen (Matcha or Sencha green tea with sweet)
(*Additionally, general entry fee of 500 yen is required.)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Jingu-michi"


Kodai-ji Temple■■■14
Oct. 22 (Sun.) - Dec. 10 (Sun.) (TBA)
The temple was built by Kitano Mandokoro (also known as Nene), who is the wife of famous warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Their properties of the gorgeous Maki-é lacquerwares are especially famous.
Entry: 600 yen (with entry to Sho Museum)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Entoku-in Temple■■■15
Oct. 22 (Sun.) - Dec. 10 (Sun.)
*Closed on Dec. 8 & 9.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Eikan-do Temple
Nov. 7 (Tue.) - Dec. 6 (Wed.) (TBA)
This temple is famous for its beautiful autumn leave, and their temple treasures will be exhibited during the period.
Entry: \1,000
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Nanzen-ji Eikando-michi"


Konkai Komyo-ji Temple - Special Opening of Round Garden with Autumn Leaves and Sanmon Gate with View of the Entire City Scenery■■■16
Nov. 10 (Fri.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Open: 9:00-16:00

■Miei-do Hall, Dai Hojo Hall and Garden
This place was related to the Aizu Domain and Shinsengumi (Bakufu's servant group) who played the major role in the end of the samurai period. The stroll round garden with white sand covered by hair moss named "Shiun Garden" harmonizes beautifully with vivid autumn leaves and its pond. Monju Bosatsu statue said to be made by the great sculptor, Unkei; Kibi Kannno statue (Important Cultural Property) related to Makibi Kibino, a Japanese envoy; sliding door painting of tiger with a trick; "Gunkei-zu Oshie-bari sliding door painting" by Jakuchu Ito; ink calligraphy written by Katamori Matsudaira, the lord of Aizu domain; armor of feudal retainer of Aizu domain; many more temple treasures will be showcased on this special occasion.

■San-mon Gate
The San-mon gate which was built in the end of Edo period, its inside will be open to the public on this special occasion. Inside the gate, a dynamic dragons are painted all over its ceiling (the ceiling's repair work was completed in 2013). Shaka triad statues and Sixteen Rakan (Arhats) statues are set inside. Visitors can enjoy superb view of the city from atop the gate as well.
*The temple might be closed on some days or time due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Entry: Miei-do Hall, Dai Hojo Hall and Garden: 600 yen
San-mon Gate: 800 yen
Combination ticket: Miei-do Hall, Dai Hojo Hall, Garden and San-mon Gate: 1,200 yen
Access: A 15-min. walk from Kyoto City Bus #5 "Higashi Tenno-cho" or a 10-min. walk from Kyoto City Bus #100 "Okazaki-michi"
Inquiry: Kyoto City Tourism Association: Tel: 075-213-1717


Reigen-ji Temple■■■17
Maple Leaves of Imperial Villa in the Valley where Successive Imperial Princess Served as Chief Priest
Nov. 18 (Sat.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Open: 10:00-16:00
This temple has been called the "imperial villa in the valley," since the successive imperial princesses were becoming chief priest at the temple in old days. The superb imperial dolls and other temple treasures will remind visitors how successive nuns have spent an elegant lifestyle here in the old days. Goten hall, which was originally In no Gosho of Emperor Gosai, and was transferred and made it to the present Shoin study room and its walls are decorated with Kacho-fugetsu figures which is said to be painted by Kano School. The main hall was built with the aid of Ienari Tokugawa, the 11th shogunate of Tokugawa Family, and the Nyoirin Kannon statue is set inside. Their stroll style round garden with a Japanese maple tree aged more than 350 years will show visitors a gorgeous autumn scenery.
*The temple might be closed on some days or time due to unforeseeable circumstances.

Entry: 600 yen (adults), 300 yen (elementary school children)
*A 10 % discount will be possible for a group of more than 15 people.
Access: A 7-min. walk from City Bus #5 "Shinnyodo-mae" or a 5-min. walk from City Bus #100 "Miyano-mae-cho"
Inquiry: Kyoto City Tourism Association: Tel: 075-213-1717


[Rakuhoku Northern Area]

Special Opening of Daitoku-ji Temple Complex■■■18
■Obai-in Temple
Oct. 7 (Sat.) - Dec. 17 (Sun.)
*Closed on Oct. 28.
■Korin-in Temple.
Sept. 9 (Sat.) - Oct. 1 (Sun.), Oct. 7 (Sat.) - Dec. 17 (Sun.)
*Closed on Sept. 21-23.
Obai-in Temple's Kuri is the oldest existing temple building of its kind in Japan. Korin-in Temple's main hall, front gate and Kara-mon gate were built in the Muromachi period and the representative buildings of Zen architecture.
Entry: 600 yen for each temple
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Daitokuji-mae"


[Rakusai Western Area]

"Ceiling of Flower" Special Opening at Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
Sept. 8 (Fri.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
*Closed on Oct. 1 & 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"


Hogon-in Temple■■■19
Early Oct. - mid-Dec. (TBA)
The garden called "Shishiku no Niwa (Garden of Roaring Lion)," which is said to be one of the best gardens in the western part of Kyoto.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"


Kogen-ji Temple
Early Oct. - early Dec. (TBA)
From the main hall, a beautiful scenery of the Arashiyama area can be enjoyed.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"


Autumn Special Treasures Exhibition at Daikaku-ji Temple■■■20
Sept. 29 (Fri.) - Dec. 4 (Mon.) (TBA)
Temple treasures, including Godai Myo-ou statue and a wall painting drawn by Kano School will be exhibited.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Daikakuji"


Autumn Special Opening of Amida Hall at Jikishi-an Temple■■■21
Nov. 12 (Sun.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Temple treasures will be exhibited in this bamboo forest surrounded temple located in the Oku Saga area.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Daikakuji"


Autumn Special Opening
Joju-ji Temple
Nov. 18 (Sat.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Open: 9:00-16:00
This is the first time ever to open its door to the public in fall. Close to Koke-dera Temple, Suzumushi Temple and Jizo-in "bamboo" Temple, Hamuro-san Joju-ji Temple's stone step approach is especially famous for its beautiful autumn leave. This place was built by the wish of Emperor Saga in 810, and was prospered as a family temple of court noble, Hamura family. The temple buildings, including main hall which was built in the Edo period and Ihai-do Hall, Kaizan-do Hall and Jyu-to Hall were made with Chinese style of Obaku sect. These Chinese style buildings line up on staircase. The Hojo Hall was said to be transferred of the building which Tsunamura Date, the 4th lord of Sendai clan had lived when he was young. Because there was a well-known succession dispute called "Date Sodo," the young Tsunamura was in the danger of assassination; thus the building has a Musha Kakushi, a special hiding spot, and there is a hidden hole at the room alcove that will lead to a different place. Other highlights include stroll round garden with pond from the Muromachi period and dragon paintings on the sliding door drawn by Eigaku Kano.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: Kyoto Bus #73 "Koke-dera, Suzumushi-dera"
Inquiry: Kyoto City Tourism Association: Tel: 075-213-1717


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Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro 2017■■■22
Mid-Dec. (TBA)
Lit-up: 17:00-20:30 (TBA)
The Saga Arashiyama area in western Kyoto has long been favored by its nature and traditional cultural heritages where combining to create one of the most beautiful and famous scenic areas in Japan. About 5-km path will be lined with about 2,500 lanterns made of Kyoto craft techniques and materials (bamboo, ceramics, cedar, stone, etc.). Along the route, visitors will also find a number of huge ikebana flower displays.
Inquiry: Kyoto Hanatouro Promotion Council (Kyoto City MICE Promotion Section): Tel: 075-212-8173


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Kichirei Kaomise Kabuki Performance: Tozai East & West Dai Kabuki
ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Location where Minamiza Theater stands today is where kabuki was born. This is a popular annual event held in the winter with all kabuki actors gather in Minamiza, Kyoto and perform together. This year, the show will be held at the ROHM Theater Kyoto.
In the Edo period, the theatre and the actor was making a yearly contract, and November was the time to showcase the new actor team to the audience; this, is now what is called "Kaomise," which is passed down for centuries to the present.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazakikoen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"


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The 112nd Kyoto Cuisine Exhibition■■■23
Dec. 13 (Wed.) & 14 (Thurs.)
10:00-16:00
Miyako Messe
Kyoto's famous Ryotei (traditional Japanese cuisine restaurants) will display their beautiful dishes. Tea ceremony and dining service will be arranged in the venue (not free of charge).
Entry (as of last year): Adults: 800 yen (600 yen for advanced ticket), students: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazakikoen Bijutsukan/Heianjingu-mae"


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Yamashina Gishi Festival
Dec. 14 (Thurs.)
From 10:00
Bishamon-do Hall - Iwaya Temple - Oishi Shrine
People dressed in the costume of famous Ako 47 samurai (47 loyal retainers of the Ako clan) will parade in the neighborhood. The festival is dedicated to the 47 samurai and their master samurai, Kuranosuke Oishi. The performance which restaging the popular raid scene will be held.
Access: Subway Tozai Line, JR "Yamashina" or Keihan Railway Keishin Line "Keihan Yamashina"


Temples and Shrine Related to Ako Samurai


Naganori's Grave and Deceased's Hair
Zuiko-in Temple
This temple has a deep relationship with Yozen-in, a wife of Asano Takuminokami Nagamori.
Access: Subway Tozai Line, JR "Yamashina," Keihan Keishin Line "Keihan Yamashina"


Yoshio Oishi and Keppan-ishi Stone
Kazan Inari Shrine
This temple was worshipped strongly by Yoshio Oishi, when he was living in Yamashina quietly.
Access: from JR Biwako Line "Yamashina," take Keihan Bus #29 to "Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi"


Enshrined Yoshio Oishi
Oishi Shrine
This shrine enshrines Yoshio Oishi himself. The surrounding area was where he used to live, hiding from people.
Access: From JR "Yamashina," take Keihan Bus to "Oishi Jinja"


Iwaya-ji Temple
The main statue of Fudo Myo-ou was carried by Oishi Yoshio in the old days. Here, Asano Takumino Kami's spirit tablet and 47 samurai's statues are enshrined. On Dec. 14th, relics of Oishi Yoshio, etc. will be exhibited. In the precinct, there is a "decease's hair" tomb.
Entry: 400 yen (300 yen on 14th)
Access: From JR Biwako Line "Yamashina," take Keiha Bus #29 to "Oishi Jinja"


Ako Samurai's Relics Remains
Gokuraku-ji Temple
Close from Oishi Shrine and Iwaya Temple, this temple was built by Oishi Yoshio. The five story small tower is said to be enshrining deceased's hair (reservation required to visit the temple).
Access: From JR Biwako Line "Yamashina," take Keihan Bus #29 to "Oishi Jinja"


Onodera Junai's Grave
Saiho-ji Temple
The family grave of Onodera Family is kept. Only in the morning of Dec. 14th, the place will be opened to the public.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Nio-mon"


Oishi Yoshio's Tea Kettle
Raigo-in Temple
The tea ceremony room which Oishi Yoshio built in Yamashina was also used as a secret meeting spot.
Entry: 300 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #208 "Sennyu-ji michi"


Meeting spot with Comrades
Hoju-ji Temple
The small Migawari Fudo statue, which Oishi Yoshio had made a wish for the success of revenge is kept at this temple. Also forty seven samurai warlord's small statues are kept at the temple.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, 208 "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae"


Okaru's grave
Jozen-ji Temple
At the back side of main hall, there is a grave of Okaru (true name is Okaji), a lover of Oishi Yoshio, and who was a daughter of Jirozaemon Nimonjiya.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Senbon Imadegawa"


Wooden statue of Amanoya Rihei
Jizo-in Temple (Camellia temple)
The grave of Amanoya Rihei and his wooden statue are kept at the temple
The wooden statue will be open to the public on December 14th.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, 205 "Kitano Hakubai-cho"


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〔Seasonal Events〕





Daiko-daki White Radish Ceremony against Bad Luck
Daiko-daki is one of the popular year-end traditional events of Kyoto. It is believed that eating steaming hot white radish (daikon) can get rid of bad lucks. Cooked white radish is served to the visitors.


Sanpo-ji Temple
Dec. 2 (Sat.) & 3 (Sun.)
10:00-15:00
Oe-shiki is the memorial service to honor the monk Nichiren. The special prayer will be offered to the deity and Daiko-daki will be offered to prayers.
Daiko-daki: 700 yen
Rice flavored with Yuzu, or Japanese citrus: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, JR Bus "Fukuoji" or Kyoto City Bus #8, JR Bus "Sanpoji"
*Special free shuttle bus will be available between the Fukuoji Intersection and the temple.


Shaku-son Jodo-e Ceremony
Dec. 10 (Sun.)
From 11:00
Myoman-ji Temple
This is a memorial service to show the gratitude for the Buddha attaining spiritual enlightenment under the tree. After the ceremony, Daiko-daki radish will be offered and pray for the happiness and good health.
Entry: 300 yen (Daiko-daki: 500 yen)
Access: From Subway Karasuma Line "Kokusai Kaikan," take Kyoto Bus to "Hataeda (Myomanji)"


Jodo-e Ceremony and Daiko-daki
Senbon Shaka-do Temple (Daiho-on-ji Temple)
Dec. 7 (Thurs.) & 8 (Fri.)
This ceremony will be held to commemorate the day which Buddha was spiritually enlightened.
Jodo-e ceremony: from 10:00 on 8th
Daiko-daki offering: 10:00-16:00 on both days
Daiko-daki: 1,000 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kamishichiken"


Houon-ko Memorial Service
Dec. 9 (Sat.), 10 (Sun.)
Ceremony from 11:00
Ryotoku-ji Temple
It is said that about 750 years ago, when the monk Shinran visited Narutaki area, the monk was pleased to have a daikon radish offered from the village people.
Daiko-daki offering: 1,000 yen
Otoki offering (Daikon radish, Kayaku-gohan mixed rice and Japanese pickles, etc): 1,600 yen (as of last year)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26 "Narutaki Honmachi"


Pumpkin Ceremony


Kabocha Daishi Kuyo Memorial Service
Dec. 22 (Fri.)
From 10:00
Fushigi Fudo-in Temple
The pumpkin ceremony is held on the day of winter solstice which is believed to ward off paralysis and dementia. The Kobo Daishi wooden statue, also called as a Pumpkin Daishi, will be replaced and set to the main hall on this day.
One bowl: 500 yen (with Gomagi stick)
Access: From Kyoto City Bus #205 "Waratenjin-mae," take Kyoto City Bus M1 to "Kinugasa Himurocho"


Pumpkin Ceremony
Dec. 23 (Sat., national holiday)
From 10:00
Yata Temple
Many pumpkin will be offered to the deity in front of the main hall to pray for the yearly health. Just-steamed hot pumpkins will be served to first 1,000 prayer.
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae"


Shimai Ennichi, Year-end Markets


Shimai Daikoku Festival
Dec. 3 (Sun.)
From 14:00
Jishu Shrine
A special purification ceremony will be held for the love fortune telling stone and the love wishing Ema amulet (a votive wooden tablet) followed by the Shinto prayer and New Year's purification ceremony using sacred Shimenawa straw rope.
Entry: 400 yen to enter the Kiyomizu Temple, 500 yen for a votive wooden tablet
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kiyomizu-michi" or "Gojo-zaka"


Shimai Konpira Festival
Dec. 10 (Sun.)
From 10:00
Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine
Starting on Dec. 10th until Jan. 10th of Hatsu Konpira day, the "Ine Ho-rai" Shinsatsu gofu (talisman) decorated with rice plants with red and white origami crane and the 'shochikubai' (pine, bamboo and plum trees)placed on it.
Ine Ho-rai: 3,500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus 206 "Higashiyama Yasui"


Osame Kino-ene Festival
Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Matsugasaki Daikokuten
The Daikoku-san, one of the seven lucky gods is enshrined. A special prayer will be given once in 60 days, on the day of Kino-e.
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Matsugasaki"


Shimai Kobo
Dec. 21 (Thurs.)
8:00-16:00
To-ji Temple
Monthly market held on the 21st of the memorial day of Kobo Daishi at To-ji Temple is very famous known as Kobo-san. The last market of the year will be particularly large and interesting with a full range of stalls including New Year's decorations, daily goods, plants, antiques, etc.
Access: Kintetsu Railway Kyoto Line "Toji"


Shimai Tenjin
Dec. 25 (Mon.)
Light-up: Sunset - 21:00
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
The memorial market for the enshrined god Michizane Sugawara, will be held every month, who was born and died at the same date of 25th. The last market of the year always attracts a number of visitors from early morning to the evening.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"


Kencha Tea Ceremony ■■■24
Dec. 1 (Fri.)
From 10:00
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
This traditional event is based on the historical fact that the powerful samurai lord, Hideyoshi Toyotomi held a large tea ceremony party here.
Ceremony: held about an hour from 10:00
*After the ceremony, tea ceremony for the public will start from 9:00 to 15:00.
Tea ceremony: 5,000 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"


Memorial Service for Needles■■■25
Dec. 8 (Fri.)
13:00-14:00
Kokuzo Horin-ji Temple
People will offer a memorial service for used needles and pray for improvement of entertainment and family happiness. There will be sweet saké free offering as well. This temple is famous for enshrining the guardian spirit for improving sewing ability and performing art.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Koen"


Koto Hajime
Dec. 13 (Wed.)
From 10:00
Gion and other Kagai
In the Kagai districts (geiko & maiko districts in the city), geiko and maiko will visit their customers and related people and make a year-end greetings. In Gion, geiko and maiko will bring a special rice cakes for the New Year and visit their teachers to tell gratitude for the past year.


Ofuku Ume Service■■■26
From Dec. 13 (Wed)
From 8:30
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
Auspicious pickled plums will be served to visitors between Koto Hajime (Dec. 13) and Shimai Tenjin (Dec. 25. People wish their happiness and healthy life in the coming New Year (the event will end when plums are sold out).
Ofuku Ume: 500 yen/pack (6 plums)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"


Kakure Nenbutsu Buddhist Sutra Chanting■■■27
Dec. 13 (Wed) - 31 (Sun.)
From 16:00
*No public opening on the 31st.
Rokuhara Mitsu-ji Temple
This Nenbutsu chanting is said to be started when the priest Kuya started chanting a sutra to pray for the relief of people when diseases caught Kyoto city in the old time.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kiyomizu-michi"


Gishi-e Memorial Service■■■28
Dec. 14 (Thurs.)
Ceremony from 11:00, Tea service from 11:30
Hoju-ji Temple
There is a statue of Yoshio Oishi, who had prayed for the success of their revenge. The wooden statue of 47 samurais from Ako are kept at the temple as well. Maiko will serve green tea in the manner of tea ceremony and Shimabara Tayu (the highest ranked geisha from Shimabara district) will parade in the precinct. Tea ceremony will be served in the shoin building, and soba noodle will be served in the precinct.
Entry: 1,000 yen (including a tea ceremony, soba noodles, admission to the temple)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae"


Susuharai Year-end Cleaning
Dec. 20 (Wed.)
Nishi Hongan-ji Temple/Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
A large scale clearing to prepare for welcoming the New Year will be held at both temples. This cleaning tradition is said to have started in the late Muromachi period. Monks and congregations will strike tatami straw mats in the large hall with sticks and the dust will be fanned with a large fan to the outside.
Access: Nishi Hongan-ji Temple: Kyoto City Bus #9 "Nishi Honganji-mae"
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple: JR, Subway Karasuma Line "Kyoto"


Ominugui Year-end Cleaning
Dec. 25 (Mon.)
From 13:00
Chion-in Temple
Wooden statue of Buddhist priest, Honen, will be cleaned with fragranced habutae silk. As Miei-do hall is now being under the construction work, the cleaning will be held at the Honen Shonin hall.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Chion-in-mae"


Okera Mairi
Dec. 31 (Sun.)
Ohara-e Ceremony from 15:00
Joya Festival from 19:00
Yasaka Shrine
After the Joya (New Year's Eve) Festival, a large lantern called "Okera Toro" will be lit until next morning; the fire is called Okera-bi. People who visit the shrine bring a straw rope and lit it with Okera-bi. They try to keep the fire alive until they get home by twirling their straw rope. This is one of the typical Kyoto's New Year customs.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Gion"


Kiri-bi Festival at Hinomiko Shrine■■■29
Dec. 31 (Sun.)
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
This shrine enshrines the deity of fire. People who visit the shrine bring a straw rope and lit it with fire and bring home. This festival is also called as Okera Mairi of Tenman-gu shrine.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"



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〔Museums〕





The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
"Okamoto Shinso Exhibition" (TBA)
Nov. 1 (Wed.) - Dec. 10 (Sun.)
Entry: TBA
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazakikoen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"


Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
"Reorganization-New: The 4th Nitten Kyoto Exhibition"
Dec. 17 (Sun.) - Jan. 12 (Fri.)
Entry: 1,000 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazakikoen Bijutsukan/Heianjingu-mae"


The Classics Day Anniversary
Kyoto City Heiankyo Sousei-kan
Special Exhibition "Fashion of Heian Aristocrat"
June 12 (Mon.) - Dec. 1 (Fri.)
A wide selection of Heian aristocrat's costumes, including Sokutai (traditional ceremonial court dress) and noblewomen's ceremonial kimono (Juni-hitoe), will be exhibited. Enjoy the elegant world of Heian aristocrat world.
Cooperation: Costume Museum
Entry: free
Access: Kyoto City Bus #15, 93 "Marutamachi Shichihon-matsu"


Shokokuji Jotenkaku Museum
"1,150 Year Anniversary of Zen master Linji and 250 Year Anniversary of Zen master Hakuin - Zenrin Art Exhibition"
June 15 (Thurs.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
To mark the 1,150 anniversary of Zen master Linji and 250 year anniversary of Zen master Hakuin, some Bokuseki (calligraphy written by Zen high monk), Soshi-zu paining (image of Zen founder) and tea ceremony utensils, from Sung and Yuan dynasty in China and Medieval and modern times in Japan, will be exhibited.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa"


The Museum of Kyoto
Woodone Museum of Art "Joy of Paintings, Plot of Painter―Encounter with Japanese Modern Painter"
Oct. 3 (Tue.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
From the vast 800 collection of Woodone Museum of Art, some 90 master pieces are selected, which include the art pieces by Uemura Shoen, Kuroda Seiki, Kishida Ryusei and Fujita Tsuguharu who are the representative painters in modern times of Japan.
Entry: TBA
Access: Subway Karasuma Line, Subway Tozai Line "Karasuma Oike"


Onishi Seiwemon Museum
"Autumn Special Exhibition"
Sept. 16 (Sat.) - Dec. 12 (Tue.)
Entry: TBA
Access: Subway Karasuma Line, Subway Tozai Line "Karasuma Oike"


Sen-oku Hakuko kan
Special Exhibition "Konoshima Oukoku - The Adventure of Modern Animal Paintings"
Oct. 28 (Sat.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Featuring Konoshima Oukoku (1877-1938), his most renowned work of animal paintings will be introduced along with the latest research outcome and new documents information.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 93 "Nishi Tenno-cho," or #32, 100 "Miyano-mae-cho"


Chado Research Center
Autumn Special Exhibition "Buddhist Ceremonies and Tea Culture (tentative)"
Oct. 3 (Tue.) - Dec. 3 (Sun.)
Entry: 700 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9 "Horikawa Teranouchi"


Kyoto Japanese Folk Dolls Museum
Autumn Exhibition "Takeda Dolls from the Theatre and Otafuku Dolls which Bring Happiness"
Sept. 16 (Sat.) - Dec. 13 (Wed.)
"Takeda Ningyo" doll was made to reproduce the ones used at Osaka's puppet show called "Takeda-za." These dolls were made in a wind-up doll style.
"Otabuku Ningyo" dolls are said to bring happiness to people with the doll's smiling face with a plumpish figure.
Entry: 800 yen
Access: JR Sagano Line "Saga Arashiyama," or Kyoto City Bus #28 "Saga Shakado-mae"


Noh & Kyogen Theatre


Kyoto Kanze Kaikan
Kyoto Kanze Regular Noh Performance
Dec. 17 (Sun.)
From 11:00
Program: Noh "Sansho" "Tama Kazura" "O-e san" / Kyogen "Uo Zekkyo" / Shimai
Tickets: 6,000 yen (adults), 3,000 yen (students)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazakikoen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingu-mae"


Kongo Noh Theatre
Kongo Regular Noh Performance
Dec. 17 (Sun.)
From 13:30
Program: Noh "Mekari" "Nonomiya" / Kyogen / Shimai
Tickets: 5,500 yen (adults), 3,000 yen (students)
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Imadegawa"

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