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February 2018


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

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〔Event Highlights〕

Kyoto 16 Shrines Visit18-02-1.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"

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〔Seasonal Events〕

Yutate Water Ritual18-02-2.bmp
Feb. 1 (Thurs.) & 3 (Sat.)
Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine
A traditional ritual to welcome spring. Sacred water taken from the shrine precinct will be boiled in a large kettle. Shrine maidens scatter the hot water with bamboo branches which is believed to ward off misfortunes and illnesses and to bring good harvest of the year (from 12:00).
Access: Keihan Railway "Yawatashi"

Hatsu Uma Festival
Feb. 7 (Wed.)
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
This is one of the largest scale festivals held at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine. The festival has its origin in the event when deity of the shrine descended in 711, and the festival is called "Fuku-mairi.".
Access: JR Nara Line "Inari" or Keihan Railway "Fushimi Inari"

Hari Kuyo Ceremony for Needles18-02-3.bmp
Feb. 8 (Thurs.)
Kokuzo Horin-ji Temple
The deity of this temple is worshipped as the god of fancyworks and performing arts. The ceremony for used needles will be held from 13:00, and sweet sake will be served to visitors (small token as an entry fee accepted).
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Koen"

Yotsugi Jizoson Taisai Festival
Feb. 8 (Thurs.)
Yotsugi Jizoson Jotoku-ji Temple
A large scale festival is held in February every year which is believed to offer much blessings. Hot soup using sake lee will be served as well.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #17, 205 "Kawaramachi Gojo"

Welcoming Happiness "Daikon-daki" Ceremony18-02-4.bmp
Feb. 9 (Fri.) - 12 (Mon., national holiday)
Sanzen-in Temple
Sanzen-in Temple nestled in a rural Ohara region appears to be even more solemn in winter. After a prayer is made, white radish (daikon) will be cooked and be served to visitors for free of charge.
Entry: 700 yen
Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18 "Ohara"

Nanakusa-gayu Rice Porridge at Jonan-gu Shrine18-02-5.bmp
Feb. 11 (Sun., national holiday)
Jonan-gu Shrine
Rice porridge using seven kinds of spring grasses will be cooked and served to visitors as for making a wish for good health. The grasses can be found in the shrine's Rakusui-en garden.
Rice porridge: 500 yen
Entry to the garden: 600 yen
Access: About 15-min. walk from Subway Karasuma Line or Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Takeda"

Agon Star Festival
Feb. 11 (Sun., national holiday)
Agon-shu Headquarters
The Agon Star Festival is famous for an energetic fire ceremony. People associate the large sacred fire with figures of dragon and Buddha which burn bad lucks out and bring good luck and happiness.
Access: From Subway Karasuma Line "Shijo," take Keihan Bus to "Kamikazan Hanano-oka-cho."
*Special shuttle bus service will be available on the day (TBA for the route).

Nento Festival18-02-6.bmp
Feb. 13 (Tue.)
Kamigamo Shrine
This festival has been continued since the Heian period (794-1185). The scene of an outdoor party that people in those days went out to the field to enjoy an early spring atmosphere, is recreated as a ritual. Visitors can follow the parade and watch them.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 "Kamigamo Jinja-mae"

Godai Rikison Ceremony
Feb. 23 (Fri.)
Sekizen-in Juntei-do Temple
After a prayer is made by Yamabushi (mountain monk) from 13:00, used amulets will be burned and the statue of Godairiki Bosatsu will be open to the public. Amulet and burglar-proof charm will be served as well as hot soup using sake lee for free of charge.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kumano Jinja-mae"

Godairikison Nin-o Ceremony18-02-7.bmp
Feb. 23 (Fri.)
Daigo-ji Temple
There are five statues of Bosatsu in the hall on the top of the mountain. They are called "Godairiki-san" and are worshipped by a number of people. The special amulet, "Godairiki-san Miei" will be distributed only on this day.
From noon, unique competition in which men and women compete to show their strength by holding a huge mochi rice cake, will be held. The winner will receive the huge mochi as a prize.
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Daigo"

Baika-sai Plum Festival18-02-8.bmp
Feb. 25 (Sun.)
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
February 25th is the memorial day of Michizane Sugawara, a Heian-period court officer and deity of the shrine who loved plum flower very much. A special ceremony will be held to console his spirit on this day. On the day, a large scale outside tea ceremony party will be held which is based on the tea ceremony party called "Kitano Oocha-yu." The party was held by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, one of the most powerful samurai lords in the 16th century. Geiko and maiko from nearby Kamishichiken district will serve bowls of tea for visitors. Baika-sai will tell the beginning of spring to Kyoto.
Shrine's treasury will be open to the public on the same day as well as a huge monthly market will be open.
Tea ceremony: 10:00-15:00 (as of last year)
Ticket for tea ceremony: 1,500 yen (Treasury hall and souvenir) (as of last year)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

Setsubun Festival

[Rakuhoku Northern Area]

Setsubun Ceremony at Tanukidanisan18-02-9.bmp
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Tanukidanisan Fudo-in Temple
Goma sacred fire ceremony and star festival will be held three times a day at 11:30, 13:00 and 14:30.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Ichijoji Sagarimatsu-cho"

[Rakuto Eastern Area]

Setsubun Ceremony at Shogo-in Temple18-02-13.bmp
Shogo-in Temple
Feb. 2 (Fri.) & 3 (Sat.)
The statue of Fudo Myo-o (important cultural property) is open to the public only on these two days a year during the Setsubun ceremony. The Tsuina ceremony will start from 13:00 on the 3rd. A rare mountain priest's catechistic dialogue can be watched as well.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kumano Jinja-mae"

Setsubun Ceremony at Yoshida Shrine
Feb. 2 (Fri.) - 4 (Sun.)
Yoshida Shrine
The Tsuina Ceremony will be held from 18:00 on the 2nd, which has been continued since the Heian period (794-1185). On the same day, Ekijin-sai festival will also be held which is unique to this shrine to ward off bad luck using the Yaku (bad lack) Mound. Karo-sai paper charm burning starts at 23:00 on the 3rd and is a ritual to make the fire spot of 5 meter in diameter and 5 meter tall, and make the holy fire inside it. On the 2nd and 3rd, about 800 stalls will be lined in the precinct.
*On the 4th, only a ceremony will be held and there will be no stalls lining.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kyodai Seimon-mae"

Setsubun Ceremony at Suga Shrine
Feb. 2 (Fri.) & 3 (Sat.)
Suga Shrine, Kotsu Shrine (in Suga Shrine)
Tsuina Ceremony and bean scattering ceremony will be held from 15:00 on the 2nd.
A unique charm (charged) for good match making will be distributed throughout the days by men called "Keso-bumi-uri," wearing Heian-era costume and head ware.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kumano Jinja-mae"

Setsubun Ceremony at Heian Shrine18-02-14.bmp
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Heian Shrine
Daina-no-Gi, is a re-creating form of Tsuina ceremony which was held annually in the imperial court during the Heian period. Bean scattering ceremony will start from 15:00.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 "Okazakikoen Heian Jingu/Bijutsukan-mae".

Setsubun Ceremony at Yasaka Shrine
Feb. 2 (Fri.) & 3 (Sat.)
Yasaka Shrine
Geiko and maiko from four kagai districts will perform traditional dance and join the bean scattering ceremony (TBA).
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Gion"

Setsubun Yakuyoke Ceremony
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Himukai Daijin-gu Shrine
A fire dedication ceremony will be held from 16:00. It is believed that going through the gate called Ama no Iwato on the day of Setsubun can get rid of misfortunes.
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Keage"

Setsubun Ceremony at Rokuhara Mitsu-ji Temple18-02-15.bmp
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Rokuhara Mitsu-ji Temple
The Rokusai Nenbutsu Buddhist performance starts from 15:00. This is the city's intangible cultural property which was started by Monk Kuya, over 1,000 years ago. Bean scattering ceremony will be held before and after the performance.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kiyomizu-michi"

Setsubun Ceremony18-02-16.bmp
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Jishu Shrine
To make a wish for the good health and luck, a bean scattering ceremony, bean distribution (500 yen) and purification ritual will be held from 14:00 in front of the main hall.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Kiyomizu-michi"

[Rakunan Southern Area]

Oni Yarai Ceremony18-02-10.bmp
Jan. 28 (Sun.)
Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine
This long inherited ancient ritual is held on Sunday, prior to the Setsubun. In front of the main hall, the arrow will be shot to 4 direction, then, these 4 direction will be hit by sword. After that, bean will be scattered to the Oni (Japanese demon) who appear on the ground.
Access: Keihan Railway "Yawatashi"

Setsubun Ceremony at Fujinomori Shrine18-02-11.bmp
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Fujinomori Shrine
Sweet sake will be served to the public for free of charge on this day. The Japanese demon appearing in the precinct, bean scattering event by men of the year, performance of traditional imperial court music and dance, will be held. The Tsuina Ceremony will start from 20:00.
Access: JR Nara Line "JR Fujinomori" or Keihan Railway "Sumizome"

Setsubun Ceremony
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
After the ceremony from 9:00, bean scattering event will be held three times (TBA). The huge shrine precinct will be crowded with visitors all day long.
Access: JR Nara Line "Inari" or Keihan Railway "Fushimi Inari"

[Rakuchu Central Area]

Tsuina Ceremony and Oni Horaku18-02-17.bmp
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Rozan-ji Temple
A unique demon dance which is said to be passed down from ancient China will start from 15:00. This is one of the most unique Setsubun ceremonies in Kyoto.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #205 "Furitsu Idai Byoin-mae"

Kyo-un Setsubun Ceremony
Feb. 2 (Fri.) & 3 (Sat.)
Senbon Enma-do Temple (Injo-ji Temple)
Cooked konnyaku (jelly-like food) will be served for visitors (400 yen). Enma-do's Nenbutsu Kyogen Buddhist dance will be held in the evening on the 3rd.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #206 "Senbon Kuramaguchi"

OKAME Setsubun Ceremony
Senbon Shaka-do Temple (Daiho-on-ji Temple)
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
The kyogen performance will start from 15:00. After the kyogen, a couple of men and women wearing white and red costume (okame) will offer prayer for a good luck for the year.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kamishichiken"

Setsubun Ceremony at Mibu Temple18-02-18.bmp
Feb. 2 (Fri.) - 4 (Sun.)
Mibu Temple
Several Buddhist ceremonies (Horaku offering, Oneri Kuyo Parade, Bon Fire Prayer, Warding off bad spirit with goma stick and Star Festival) will be held during the ceremony. The Mibu Kyogen performance will be performed eight times a day on the 2nd and 3rd from 13:00 (free of charge).
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26 "Mibudera-michi"

Setsubun Ceremony at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
The kyogen performance will be performed by Sengoro Shigeyama Family during the Tsuina Ceremony (from 13:00). After the ceremony, geiko and maiko from Kamishichiken will perform traditional Japanese dance. At the end, bean scattering will be held.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

[Rakusai Western Area]

Setsubun Ceremony
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine
Sasa (bamboo) sake and sweet sake will be served for free of charge. Amulet to get rid of bad fortunes, sacred beans and longevity candies will be distributed. The Star Festival ritual will be held from 18:00 in which people burn old amulets and pieces of paper with sacred fire.
Access: JR Bus "Hiraoka Hachiman"


On the day of Setsubun

Fudo-do Hall Opening Ceremony
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Kinkaku-ji Temple
On the Setsubun day, the hidden statue of Ishi Fudo Myou-ou which is said to be made by Kobo Daishi, will be open to the public after the ceremony (around 11:00). Visitors are able to make a prayer.
Entry: 400 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #101, 205 "Kinkakuji-michi"

Setsubun Ceremony at Tenryu-ji Temple18-02-12.bmp
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Tenryu-ji Temple
People can receive a special bamboo decoration at the front gate (2,500 yen) which allows to enter seven sub-temples in the precinct to receive paper amulet. Sweet sake will be offered free of charge.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"

Setsubun Ceremony in Machiya
Feb. 3 (Sat.)
Tondaya offers special event to let visitors experience "Traditional Machiya-style Setsubun." The meal includes several dishes using beans (reservation required).
Machiya tour & instruction about Setsubun & Setsubun mini kaiseki meal tickets:
Lunch course: 8,400 yen
Dinner course: 16,200 yen
Machiya tour & instruction: 2,160 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9 "Ichijo Modoribashi/Seimei Jinja-mae"


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〔Seasonal Flowers〕

Recommended Plum Blossom Viewing Spot
The best time to enjoy plum blossoms is early March.
Although it depends on weather of the year, usually, plum blossom will start to bloom from around early February and the best time will be early to mid-March.

[Rakuchu Central Area]

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
The deity of this shrine is Michizane Sugawara, a Heian-period court officer, who loved plum blossoms very much. This is Kyoto's best plum blossom viewing site where about 1,500 plum trees are planted. One of the popular plum kinds, Robai, will start to bloom in January and most other trees will start from early February until end of March.
Best time: Early Feb. - late Mar.
Entry: 700 yen (with sweet)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #50 "Kitano Tenmangu-mae"

Kyoto Gyoen Imperial Park
There is a plum grove near the Hamaguri Gomon Gate. In total, there are about 230 plum trees in the park.
Best time: Mid Feb. - mid Mar.
Admission free
Access: Subway Karasuma Line "Marutamachi" or "Imadegawa"

Nijo Castle
There are about 130 plum trees in the castle ground including the plum garden located on the southwest. Many kinds of plum trees can be viewed, including the red plum, white plum, peach pink plum, Genpei-sakiwake and weeping plum trees.
Best time: Mid Feb. - mid Mar.
Free entry (600 yen to enter the castle)
Access: Subway Tozai Line or Kyoto City Bus #9, 50, 101 "Nijojo-mae"

[Rakuto Eastern Area]

Kaju-ji Temple
The "Garyu-no-Robai" plum tree in this temple was transplanted from the Kyoto Imperial Park during the Edo period.
Best time: Mid - late Feb.
Entry: 400 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ono"

Zuishin-in Temple
A lovely plum blossoms are called "Hanezu-no-ume" and loved by locals.
Best time: Mid - late Mar.
Entry: 500 yen
Access: Subway Tozai Line "Ono"

[Rakuhoku Northern Area]

Shozan Garden
There is a plum grove in the huge garden site and the "Spring Flower Party" will be held at the garden.
Event day: Mar. 10 (Sat.) - 18 (Sun.)
Best time: Early - mid Mar.
Entry: 500 yen (garden)
Access: From subway Karasuma Line "Kitaoji, take Kyoto City Bus Kita #1 and get off at "Kitakonohata-cho"

[Rakunan Southern Area]

Jonan-gu Shrine
There are more than 150 weeping plum trees in the shrine precinct called "Rakusui-en." The shrine is also famous for beautiful camellia flowers. From mid-February to mid-March, "Weeping Plum Blossom and Camellia Flower Festival" will be held.
Best time: Late Feb. - mid Mar.
Entry: 600 yen
Access: About 15-min. walk from subway Karasuma Line or Kintetsu Kyoto Line "Takeda"

[Rakusai Western Area]

Umenomiya Taisha Shrine
About 35 kinds, total of 550 white and red plum trees will bloom beautifully all together. An Amazake (sweet sake) Festival will be held on the Feb. 11 and Plum Festival on the Mar. 6.
Best time: Mid Feb. - mid Mar.
Entry: 500 yen (garden)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28 "Umenomiya Taisha-mae"

Jojakko-ji Temple
Bonbai dwarfed plum trees will be displayed in February. About 30 of large and small plum dwarfed trees will amuse visitor's eyes.
Best time: Mid Feb. - early Mar.
Entry: 400 yen
Access: JR Sagano Line "Saga Arashiyama" or Kyoto City Bus #28 "Saga Shogakko-mae"

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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: 1,500 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100 "Okazakikoen Bijutsukan/Heianjingu-mae"

Kyoto National Museum
"Special Exhibition: Celebrating the Collection Received from Hiromi Family in Kaizuka City"
―Beautiful Treasures from Wealthy Merchant's Storehouse―
Feb. 3 (Sat.) - Mar. 18 (Sun.)
Entry: 520 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206 "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae"

"Special Exhibition ―Hina Matsuri and Hina Ningyo Dolls"
Feb. 20 (Tue.) - Mar. 18 (Sun.)
Entry: 520 yen
Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206 "Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-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 or Tozai Line "Karasuma Oike"

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
"Kyoto's Accouterments of Sword"
Nov. 18 (Sat.) - Feb. 11 (Sun., national holiday)
Entry: TBA
Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206 "Kiyomizu-michi"