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January 2018


〔Seasonal Events〕>>>
〔Event Highlights〕>>>

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〔Seasonal Events〕

Shusho-e Buddhist Sutra Chanting Ceremony
Dawn of Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday) - 2 (Tue.)
Daikaku-ji Temple
This ceremony is held from the dawn of the New Year's Day to January 2nd, to celebrate the world peace and rich harvest. From 10:00 and 14:00 on 1st and from 10:00 from 2nd, people are able to attend the Buddhist service.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 or Kyoto Bus "Daikakuji"

Ofukucha New Year's Tea18-01-1.bmp
Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday) - 3 (Wed.)
Rokuhara Mitsu-ji Temple
Ofukucha is a special tea prepared for New Year's. Using the spring water taken on the New Year's Day, the cup of tea contains a small fruit of plum and a tied sea kelp both of which are the symbols of good luck. The origin of this custom was started in the late Heian period when Buddhist saint, Kuya, who was the founder of the temple, served medicinal tea to ill people.
Ofukucha tea: 300 yen
Auspicious rice ear amulet will be presented to the first 3,000 visitors.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kiyomizu-michi"

Shusho-e Buddhist Sutra Chanting Ceremony
Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday) - 3 (Wed.)
Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple
Each day, the first Goma (sacred fire) prayer is offered, and for the lucky Ema wooden votive tablet, the cow king illustration will be stamped on it. On the final night of the year, Tsuina ceremony will be held and sweet sake and daikon radish will be offered free of charge.
Access: Keihan Bus "Enryakuji Bus Center"

Wakamizu-sai Ceremony
Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday)
Himukai Daijin-gu Shrine
At the time of Emperor Seiwa, the water which has taken from the Asahi Spring in the precinct has prevented diseases. In the early morning of the first day of the year, water will be taken from this spring to pray for people's yearly health. During the first three days, prayers are able to drink this water.
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Keage"

First Shrine Visit of the Year and Goma Prayer Festival18-01-2.bmp
Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday) - 3 (Wed.)

Tanukidani Fudo-in Temple
Goma fire will be made for the deity to wish for people's health of the year and visitors who were given a prayer will receive an amulet.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Ichijoji Sagarimatsucho"

Fude Hajime and Tenma-gaki New Year's Calligraphy18-01-3.bmp
Jan. 2 (Tue.) - 4 (Thurs.)
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
The deity of the shrine, Michizane Sugawara, was a talented calligrapher. People visit the shrine and have the first calligraphy of the year and pray for their calligraphy improvement.
-Fude Hajime (the first brush) Festival: From 9:00 of 2nd (The first calligraphy writing of the New Year will be held until 16:00)
-Genshi-sai: From 9:00 of 3rd (Kyogen play offered to the deity from 13:00)
-Tenma-gaki calligraphy: everyday 10:00-16:00
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

Shusho-e Buddhist Sutra Chanting Ceremony
Jan. 3 (Wed.)
To-ji Temple
At Miei-do Hall, prayers are able to pray for the temple stamp as talisman, and inside the hall, seal will be stamped on the post and monk's forehead. Prayers are able to get a temple stamp on their notebook.
Offering prayer: 500 yen
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Toji"

Karuta Hajime New Year's Card Game
Jan. 3 (Wed.) (TBA)
Yasaka Shrine
Women dressed in the gorgeous Juni-hitoe (Heian-period costume) will play an old Japanese card game. The event, which was derived from the festival deity, being Susanoo-no-mikoto who is the god of Waka poetry.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Gion"

Kemari Hajime New Year's Ball Game18-01-4.bmp
Jan. 4 (Thurs.)
From 13:30
Shimogamo Shrine
Kemari is a traditional Japanese ball-kicking game played in the imperial court. People dressed in the Heian-period costumes will play the Kemari in front of the public.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"

New Year's Kyoen Ceremony18-01-5.bmp
Jan. 5 (Fri.)
From 16:30
Kamigamo Shrine
This ceremony has been taken over since the Kamakura period. A special feast will be offered to the deity and the ancient dance and music will be performed.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"

Eight Thousand Goma Bonfire Ceremony
Jan. 5 (Fri.)
From 16:30
Sekizanzen-in Temple
A prayer for warding off the bad luck, wishing for safety of families and praying for people's happiness will be held.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Shugakuin Rikyu-michi"

Sagicho Ritual
Jan. 8 (Mon. nat'l holiday)
From 11:00
Imakumano Shrine
This is a quite dynamic ritual that the 5 meters or 3 bamboos, bound with shime-nawa (sacred straw ropes) will be set in the middle and the sacred fire will be lighted.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #208 "Imakumano"

Hosha Festival
Jan. 12 (Fri.)
From 14:00
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
This arrow-shooting ritual is used to be said to read the fortune of the year's rich/poor harvest by how arrow was shot. After the ceremony which is held at the main hall, arrows will be shot by sub Shinto priest to the four direction and then, Shinto priest will shoot arrows to a large target.
Access: JR Nara Line "Inari" or Keihan Line "Fushimi Inari"

Yanagi-no-Okaji and New Year's Archery
Jan. 14 (Sun.)
Sanjusangen-do Temple
Temple precinct is free of charge to enter on this day. Visitors will receive a cup of special water served with a branch of willow tree. A traditional Japanese O-mato Archery Performance will also be held (toshi-ya) and annual Hikizome (the first shooting arrow) ceremony can be observed.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, 208 "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae"

Naked Dance Ceremony at Hokai-ji Temple
Jan. 14 (Sun.)
From 19:00
Hokai-ji Temple
Men who purifies their body, wearing only a loincloth offer a sacred dance for the deity saying the word "Chorai" many times.
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ishida"

Sagicho Festival18-01-6.bmp
Jan. 15 (Mon.)
8:00-around 13:00
Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
Dondo-yaki (a bonfire of the New Year's decorations) will be held in the precinct. The rice cakes that were dedicated to the god will be baked and offered to prayers.
Access: JR Bus "Hiraoka Hachiman"

Musha Shinji Ritual
Jan. 16 (Tue.)
From 10:30
Kamigamo Shrine
The archery field will be set in the greenery area of the precinct, and priest, etc. will shoot at the target which is to ward off bad luck and pray for the good luck for the year.
Access: City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"

Yutate Kagura Dance18-01-7.bmp
Jan. 20 (Sat.)
From 14:00
Jonan-gu Shrine
Shrine priest sets a large iron pot to boil water. A ritual dance by miko holding bamboo shoot will be performed which is to get rid of bad spirits, praying for good health and achievement of wishes.
Access: A 15-min. walk from Subway Karasuma Line or Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Takeda"

New Year's Markets

New Year's Hatsu Taikoku Festival18-01-8.bmp
Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday) - 3 (Wed.)
From 14:00
Jishu Shrine
This shrine is famous for its "love fortune stone." As to pray for the prayer's good match and happiness, New Year's spring charms and arrow-shaped amulet will be presented.
Entry to Kiyomizu Temple: 400 yen
Oriental Zodiac Ema (wooden votive tablet): 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Gojo-zaka" or "Kiyomizu-michi"

New Year's Hatsu Tora Festival
Jan. 9 (Tue.) - 11 (Thurs.) (TBA)
Bishamon-do Temple
Bishamon-ten is the god of happiness and fight, also protecting the kimon, or demon gate. An auspicious bamboo decoration and sweet sake will be offered.
Access: Subway Tozai Line or JR Biwako Line "Yamashina"

Toka Ebisu Festival (Hatsu Ebisu) 18-01-9.bmp
Jan. 8 (Mon., national holiday) - 12 (Fri.)
Ebisu Shrine
An auspicious bamboo decoration for praying the prosperous business and well-being of one's family will be presented. On the final night, the traditional dance performance dedicated to the deity will be performed.
・8th: Shofuku Festival (gate closed at 23:00)
・9th: Yoi Ebisu Festival (open throughout the night)
・10th: Toka Ebisu Festival (open throughout the night)
Toei's actresses will join the festival and present auspicious bamboo decoration to the visitors (11:00-12:00, 13:00-14:30)
・11th: Nokori Fuku Festival (gate closed at 24:00)
Maiko from Miyagawacho and Gion district will join the festival and present auspicious bamboo decoration and rice cake to the visitors (14:00-16:00, 20:00-22:30)
12th: Teppuku Festival (gate closed at 22:00)
Access: From Subway Karasuma Line "Shijo", take Kyoto City Bus #207 to "Shijo Keihan-mae"

Ebisu in Gion
Jan. 9 (Tue) & 10 (Wed.)
From 10:00
Kitamukai Ebisu Shrine in the Yasaka Shrine precinct
Auspicious bamboo decoration will be presented to the visitors.
・9th: The Ebisu boat of 7 Auspicious God will depart at 15:00.
・10th: Ebisu-sha Festival at 15:00
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Gion"

New Year's Hatsu Konpira Festival
Jan. 10 (Wed.)
From 10:00
Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine
The first market of the year of the Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine. Starting from the Shimai Konpira day of Dec. 10 to until this day, the auspicious rice stalk (Ine Horai: 3,500 yen) will be offered to the prayer.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Higashiyama Yasui"

New Year's Hatsu Kobo
Jan. 21 (Sun.)
To-ji Temple
Every month on the 21st is the day of this large scale market called Kobo-san. The day is a monthly memorial day for the Buddhist monk, Kobo Daishi. Totally about 1,200 dealers are gathered here and antiques, Kyoto's specialties, plants and flowers, ceramics and all kind of things will be sold in the temple precinct.
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Toji"

New Year's Hatsu Tenjin18-01-18.bmp
Jan. 25 (Thurs.)
Night-time lit-up: Sunset-21:00
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
The New Year's market which more than 1,000 stalls will be open in the precinct. Shrine's treasuries will be open to the public only on this day.
Shrine treasury hall: 300 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

New Year's Hatsu Fudo18-01-10.bmp
Jan. 28 (Sun.)
Tanukidani Fudo-in Temple
The first market of the year, and the free bamboo sake will be offered which is said to have an effect for healing cancer.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Ichijoji Sagarimatsu-cho"

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〔Event Highlights〕

Rice Porridge with Seven Grasses (Nanakusa) and Red Bean (Azuki)

Hakuba Soran Ritual18-01-11.bmp
Kamigamo Shrine
Jan. 7 (Sun.) From 10:00
There is a saying that to see a dream of white horse in the New Year day will get rid of a bad luck of coming year. On this day, Nanakusa-gayu (rice porridge boiled with seven spring herbs) will be offered to the deity and soybean for the sacred horse. Nanakusa-gayu porridge will be offered to the first 500 visitors.
Hatsuho-ryo (for paper charm or amulet): 500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"

Nanakusa Rice Porridge Service18-01-12.bmp
Gokonomiya Shrine
Jan. 7 (Sun.) From 9:00
The rice porridge of boiling 7 grasses together will be offered.
Rice porridge: 300 yen (finish when all services are sold out)
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Momoyama Goryo-mae"

Wakana Sekku Festival18-01-13.bmp
Saiin Kasuga Shrine
Jan. 7 (Sun.) From 10:00
From 11:00, Wakana rice porridge will be offered to the prayer. Also the white horse decoration will be exhibited, because there is an old saying of seeing the white horse on this day will give people a healthy life.
Wakana Rice porridge: 300 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Nishioji Shijo"

New Year's Celebration with Rice Porridge
Torin-in Temple in the Myoshin-ji Temple Complex
Jan. 15 (Mon.) - 31 (Wed.)
11:00-15:00 (reservation not required)
There is an old saying of eating Azuki (red bean) rice porridge on New Year's Day will fend off evil and cure diseases. On the 15th, the special prayer called Sanhan-shiki, based on the table manner of the Zen Buddhism will be held from 10:00.
Fee: 3,800 yen (including Zen vegetarian cuisine with red bean rice porridge, pickled ume tea, etc.)
Access: JR Sagano Line "Hanazono"

Okayu Rice Porridge Ritual
Jan. 15 (Mon.) From 10:00
Shimogamo Shrine
Azuki (red bean) rice porridge, Daizu (soy bean) porridge will be offered to the deity to pray for the peace of nation and its people.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Shimogamo Jinja-mae"

New Year's Prayer Offering

Visit "Seven Divinities of Good Luck" in Kyoto18-01-14.bmp
Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday) - 31 (Wed.)
Ebisu Shrine, Matsugasaki Daikokuten, To-ji Temple, Rokuhara Mitsu-ji Temple, Sekizanzen-in Temple, Ko-do Temple, Obakuzan Manpuku-ji Temple
The worship tradition of the "Seven Divinities of Good Luck" is said to have started in Kyoto in the Muromachi period. Each divine has own blessings: Ebisu for business success and traffic safety, Daikokuten for protecting kitchen and good luck, Bishamonten for academic achievement and money luck, Benzaiten for performing arts, money luck and knowledge, Fukurokuju for long life, health and fire prevention, Jurojin for long life and good luck, Hotei for harmonious life.
Kake-jiku hangina scroll, Shikishi paper with temple's stamp, Goho-in cho are available at each temple.
Temple stamp on Kake-jiku (500 yen), on Shikishi paper and Goho-in cho (300 yen)

[Temples and Shrine for Seven Divinities of Good Luck]

Ebisu Shrine
Ebisu for business success
Access: Kyoto City Bus #207 "Shijo Keihan-mae" from Subway Karasuma Line "Shijo"

Matsugasaki Daikokuten (Myoen-ji Temple)
Daikokuten for good luck
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Matsugasaki"

To-ji Temple
Bishamonten for getting more luck
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Toji"

Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple
Benzaiten for welcoming more luck
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kiyomizu-michi"

Sekizanzen-in Temple
Fukurokuju for healthy long life
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Shugakuin Rikyu-michi"

Ko-do Temple (Gyogan-ji Temple)
Jurojin for long life
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Kawaramachi Marutamachi"

Obakuzan Manpuku-ji Temple
Hotei for all kinds of good luck
Access: JR Nara Line "Obaku"

During the period, Kyoto Regular Tour Bus is operated daily.
Fee (as of last year): adults 8,420 yen, children 5,360 yen
Inquiry: Kyoto Regular Tour Bus Booking Center: Tel: 075-672-2100


Visit Five Divines in Fushimi18-01-15.bmp
Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday) - 15 (Mon.)
Choken-ji Temple, Fujinomori Shrine, Daikoku-ji Temple, Nogi Shrine, Goko-gu Shrine
The town of Fushimi prospered in the late 16th century under the city construction by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, a powerful samurai lord. The town is also famous for sake production. Visiting five temples and shrines (divines) in the town is believed to bring a good luck in the New Year.
Temple stamp (each temple): 300 yen (colored paper 1,000 yen)

[Temples and Shrines for Five Divines of Good Luck]

Choken-ji Temple
Access: Keihan Main Line or Kyoto City Bus #19 "Chushojima"

Fujinomori Shrine
Access: JR Nara Line "JR Fujinomori"

Daikoku-ji Temple
Access: Keihan Main Line or Kitetsu Kyoto Line "Tanbabashi"

Nogi Shrine
Access: JR Nara Line "Momoyama"

Goko-gu Shrine
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Momoyama Goryo-mae"


Kyoto 16 Shrines Visit18-01-16.bmp
Jan. 1 (Mon., national holiday) - Feb. 15 (Thurs.)
Visiting shrines at the beginning of the year is believed to give a variety of blessings to the visitors for the rest of the year. People who visit all 16 shrines will be able to receive a zodiac figurine.
Temple stamp (each temple): 300 yen

[Shrines for 16 Divines of Good Luck]

[Rakuhoku Northern Area]

Imamiya Shrine
(Healthy long life and good match making)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Funaokayama"

[Rakuchu Central Area]

Waratenjin-gu Shrine
(Safe child birth, warding off bad lucks, blessed with children)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Waratenjin-mae"

Goryo Shrine
(Peaceful mind, warding off bad lucks, academic achievement)
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Kuramaguchi"

Ichihime Shrine
(Warding off bad luck for women)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, 17 "Kawaramachi Gojo"

[Rakuto Eastern Area]

Kyoto Kumano Shrine
(Good match making, safe child birth, recovery from illness)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kumano Jinja-mae"

Higashiten-no Okazaki Shrine
(Blessed with children, safe child birth, good match making, warding off bad lucks)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Higashitenno-cho"

Kumano Nyakuoji Shrine
(Academic achievement, business success)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Nanzenji Eikando-michi"

Toyokuni Shrine
(Career achievement, inviting good lucks, good match making, business success)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae"

Awata Shrine
(Safe travel, warding off bad fortunes)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Jingu-michi"

Imakumano Shrine
(Healthy life, warding off illness, protection of stomach)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #208 "Imakumano"

[Rakunan Southern Area]

Rokuson-no-o Shrine
(Career achievement, fortunate family life)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #16 "Rokusonno Jinja-mae"

Kisshoin Tenman-gu Shrine
(Deity of knowledge and academic achievement, success on exams, welcoming good lucks)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #42 "Kisshoin Tenmangu-mae"

Fujinomori Shrine
(Winning in the games and deity of horses)
Access: JR "JR Fujinomori"

Gokono-miya Shrine
(Giving safe child birth, warding off bad lucks, recovery from illness)
Access: Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Momoyama Goryo-mae"

[Rakusai Western Area]

Saiin Kasuga Shrine
(Warding off bad lucks, recovery from illness, safe travels and transportation)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Nishioji Shijo"

Nagaoka Tenman-gu Shrine
(Academic achievement, warding off bad lucks)
Access: Hankyu Kyoto Line "Nagaoka Tenjin"


Senzan Seven Divines Visit18-01-17.bmp
Jan. 8 (Mon., national holiday)
Sennyu-ji Temple
This is to visit the places where 7 divines are worshipped, such as Sokujo-in Temple (Fukurokuju), Kaiko-ji Temple (Benzaiten), Kannon-ji Temple (Ebisu), Raigo-in Temple (Hotei), Unryu-in Temple (Daikokuten), Hiden-in Temple (Bishamonten), Ho-on-in Temple (Jurojin), and Shinzenko-ji Temple (Aizen Myo-o), Honbo of Sennyu-ji Temple (Yokihi Kannon) will be visited. Special opening of each divine will be held, and auspicious bamboo decoration, sweet sake, tea and rice porridge with red beans will be served to the visitors (the number of serving is limited).
Access: Kyoto City Bus #208 "Sennyuji-michi"


New Year's Six Amida Visiting
Jan. 15 (Mon.)
Shinnyo-do Temple, Eikan-do Temple, Kiyomizu Temple Amida-do Hall, Ansho-in Temple, Anyo-ji Temple, Seigan-ji Temple
The first visit of six Amida-related temples. The tradition is said to have started in the early Edo period.

Shinnyo-do Temple
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Shinnyodo-mae" or "Kinrin Shako-mae"

Eikan-do Temple
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Nanzenji Eikando-michi"

Kiyomizu Temple Amida-do Hall
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kiyomizu-michi"

Ansho-in Temple
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Gojo-zaka"

Anyo-ji Temple
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 205 "Shijo Kawaramachi"

Seigan-ji Temple
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 205 "Kawaramachi Sanjo"


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The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
"Vincent Willem van Gogh Exhibition: The Wheel of Japanese Dream"
Jan. 20 (Sat.) - Mar. 4 (Sun.)
Entry: TBA
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazakikoen Bijutsukan/Heianjingu-mae"

The Museum of Kyoto
"Selected Kyoto's Young Artists Exhibition 2018"
Jan. 20 (Sat.) - Feb. 4 (Sun.)
The products made by young artists in Kyoto will be exhibited to cultivate young artists and to promote Kyoto's art scene.
Entry: TBA
Access: Subway Karasuma Line, Tozai Line "Karasuma Oike"