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Aoi-Matsuri Festival
MAY.15
Kyoto Imperial Palace --> Shimogamojinja Shrine --> Kamigamojinja Shrine

 Aoi Festival reproduces the imperial processions to the shrines in ancient days .
 An Imperial messenger and his suite in court costumes assemble at Kyoto Imperial Palace .
 The festival is called Aoi ( hollyhock ) , because all the participants of the parade decorate their costumes with hollyhock leaves.
 Hollyhock is believed to have all sorts of powers, including protection against lightning and earthquakes, and guaranteeing easy childbirth.

  • -- Route of the procession --
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace ( 10:30AM ) ---> Shimogamojinja Shrine ( 11:40AM )
  • Shimogamojinja Shrine ( 2:20PM ) ---> Kamigamojinja Shrine ( 3:30PM )
  • [ Kyoto Imperial Palace ]
  • Access : City Subway Karasuma-line "Imadegawa" Station
  • [ Shimogamojinja-Shrine ]
  • Access : City Bus No.205 "Shimogamojinja-mae"
  • [ Kamigamojinja-Shrine ]
  • Access : From City Subway Karasuma-line "Kitaoji" then City Bus No.Kita3 to "Misonoguchi-cho" Station,
  •  City Bus No.9 "Kamigamo-misonobashi"
  •  City Bus No.46, 4 "Kamigamojinja mae"

    ARASHIYAMA BENKEI
The parade is going on...

The parade is going on...

The parade is going on...

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Misogi no Shinji
MAY.4 10:00AM
Shimogamogamojinja-Shrine

 This is a religious ceremony to purify "Saio-dai" dressing Heian period costume by the river in the Shrine.
 Saio-dai is the main figure of Aoi Festival coming May 15.
 In old days Saio was chosen from the Imperial Family, but now from unmarried ladies in Kyoto.

  • [ Shimogamojinja-Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-781-0010
  • Access : City Bus No.205 "Shimogamojinja-mae"

    Hanazono Kaikan
Saio-dai does the Misogi

Saio-dai does the Misogi

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* Aoi Matsuri related events at Shimogamojinja-Shrine *

Yabusame Shinji
MAY.3 1:00PM - 3:30PM
Shimogamojinja-Shrine

 Shooting arrows from horses on the gallop.

  • [ Shimogamojinja-Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-781-0010
  • Access : City Bus No.205 "Shimogamojinja-mae"

Greatly exciting gallop !

Greatly exciting gallop !

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Busha Shinji
MAY.5 11:00AM
Shimogamojinja-Shrine

 Archery ritual to purify evil spirits and pray for the success of Aoi festival.

  • [ Shimogamojinja-Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-781-0010
  • Access : City Bus No.205 "Shimogamojinja-mae"

    Urban Hotel

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Mikage Matsuri-Festival
MAY.12 9:30AM
Shimogamojinja-Shrine

 Pre-festival ceremony to welcome the soul of the gods to the shrine. Bugaku dances are performed.

  • [ Shimogamojinja-Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-781-0010
  • Access : City Bus No.205 "Shimogamojinja-mae"

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* Aoi Matsuri related events at Kamigamojinja-Shrine *

Kurabeuma Ashizoroe Shiki
MAY.1
Kamigamojinja-Shrine

 The horses, which takes part in the races on May 5, are checked for condition and speed, and divided into two equal teams.

  • [ Kamigamojinja-Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-781-0011
  • Access : From City Subway Karasuma-line "Kitaoji" then City Bus No.Kita3 to "Misonoguchi-cho" Station,
  •  City Bus No.9 "Kamigamo-misonobashi"
  •  City Bus No.46, 4 "Kamigamo Jinjya mae"

    tozankaku

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Kurabeuma Shinji
MAY.5
Kamigamojinja-Shrine

 A ritual horse race is held in this shrine since 1093.

  • [ Kamigamojinja-Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-781-0011
  • Access : From City Subway Karasuma-line "Kitaoji" then City Bus No.Kita3 to "Misonoguchi-cho" Station,
  •  City Bus No.9 "Kamigamo-misonobashi"
  •  City Bus No.46, 4 "Kamigamo Jinjya mae"

    KAEDE GUESTHOUSE
Kurabe-uma

Kurabe-uma

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* Special Spring Public Temple and Shrine Openings *

Jozan Exhibition
MAY.25 - MAY.27
Shisendo Temple

 Shisendo Temple was built by Ishikawa Jozan, a renowned poet and scholar in the Edo period.
Exhibition of articles left by Jozan.

¥500

  • [ Shisendo Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-781-2954
  • Access : City Bus No.5 "Ichijoji Sagarimatsucho"

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Special Opening
MAR.24 - JUN.4
Shokokuji Temple

 Some parts of the temple, which are usually not open to the public, are on view.

¥800

  • [ Shokokuji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-231-0301
  • Access : City Subway Karasuma-line, "Imadegawa" Station

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Treasury Opening
MAR.20 - MAY.25
Toji Temple

 An unrivalled collection of national treasures are open to the public.

¥500

  • [ Toji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-691-3325
  • Access : Kintetsu Railway "Toji" Station , 15min. walk from JR "Kyoto" station

    KYOTO GARDEN HOTEL

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Kobun-tei Special Opening
MAR.20 - MAY.5 ( only on Sat.,Sun.,and holiday )
Shoren-in Temple

 Special opening of the Kobun-tei (tea ceremony room), and formal tea ceremony.

¥1,000 + entrance fee ¥500

  • [ Shoren-in Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-561-2345
  • Access : City bus No. 5, 100, 32, 46 "Jingu-michi"

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Special Opening
APR.1 -MAY.10
Chorakuji Temple

 Treasures related to Kenrei Monin.

¥650

  • [ Chorakuji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-561-0589
  • Access : City Bus No.206, 100, 207, 201, 202, 203 "Gion"

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Special Opening
MAR.3 - MAY.7
Kodaiji Temple

 Scroll and sliding door paintings.

¥600

  • [ Kodaiji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-561-9966
  • Access : City Bus No. 206, 100, 202, 207 "Higashiyama Yasui"

    RYOKAN_HIRASHIN

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Special Opening
MAR.3 - MAY.7
Entoku-in Temple

 Sliding door paintings.

¥500

  • [ Entoku-in Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-525-0101
  • Access : City Bus No. 206, 100, 202, 207 "Higashiyama Yasui"

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Special Opening
MAR.25 - MAY.28
Obai-in Temple ( Sub temple of Daitokuji )

 Karesansui, dry landscape gardens

¥600

  • For more information :Kyotoshunju jimukyoku
  • Tel : 075-231-7015
  • Access : City Bus No.101, 205, 206, 204 "Daitokuji-mae"

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Treasury Opening
APR.1 - MAY.28 (not fixed yet)
Ninna-ji Temple

 Important national treasures.

¥500

  • [ Ninnaji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-461-1155
  • Access : City Bus No. 26 or JR Bus "Omuro Ninnaji"

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Treasury Opening
APR.1 - MAY.31
Seiryoji Temple

 Important Buddha statues etc.

¥400
¥700 ( including main hall )

  • [ Seiryoji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-861-0343
  • Access : City Bus No. 28, 91 "Saga Shakado mae"
  • Kyoto Bus No.71, 72, 81, 61, 62 "Saga Shakado mae"

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Special Opening
MAR.18 - MAY.16
Kogenji Temple ( Sub temple of Tenryuji )

 Splendid view of Arashiyama from the main hall. Temple treasures and art collections.

¥500

  • [ Kogenji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-881-1232
  • Access : City Bus No.28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"
  •  JR Sagano Line "Saga Arashiyama" Station,
  •  Kyoto Bus No.71, 72, 83, 61, 62 "Keifuku Ayashiyama-ekimae",
  •  Kyto Bus No. 73, 63 "Arashiyama"

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Garden Special Opening
MAR.18 - JUN.30
Hogon-in Temple ( Sub temple of Tenryuji )

 Very famous Shishiku Garden ( garden of the barking lion ) made by a Zen monk.

¥500

  • [ Hogon-in Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-861-0091
  • Access : City Bus No.28 "Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae"
  •  JR Sagano Line "Saga Arashiyama" Station
  •  Kyoto Bus No.71, 72, 83, 61, 62 "Keifuku Ayashiyama-ekimae"
  •  Kyto Bus No. 73, 63 "Arashiyama"
Shishiku Garden

Shishiku Garden

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Special Opening
MAR.3 - MAY.15
Hiraoka-Hachimangu Shrine

 Unique ceiling paintings of seasonal plants.

¥800

  • [ Hiraoka-Hachimangu Shrine ]
  • Tel : 075-871-2084
  • Access : JR Bus "Hiraoka-Hachiman"

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Special Opening
MAR.20 - MAY.15 (not fixed yet)
Daigoji Temple

 Special opening of Sanpoin, Kondo, and Reihokan.

¥600
¥1,000 ( for two places )
¥1,500 ( for three places )

  • [ Daigoji Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-571-0002
  • Access : City Subway Tozai-line "Daigo" Station

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* Spring Light-Up *

Kodaiji-Temple
MAR.3 - MAY.7 sunset - 9:30PM

Artistic night-time illumination is unforgettable.
Night light-up

  • [ Kodaiji-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-561-9966
  • Access : City Bus No.206 "Higashiyama-Yasui"

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Entokuin-Temple
MAR.3 - MAY.7 sunset - 9:30PM

Neat Zen garden enchants the visitors.
Night light-up

  • [ Entokuin-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-525-0101
  • Access : City Bus No.206 "Higashiyama-Yasui"

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Shoren-in-Temple
Late APR - Early MAY 6:00PM - 9:30PM (not fixed yet)

Night light-up

  • [ Shoren-in-Temple ]
  • Tel : 075-561-2345
  • Access : City Bus No.5 "jingu-michi"

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* Kyoto Outdoor Riverside Dining *

 Yuka, open-air dining areas along the river, are unique to Kyoto. They are set up during the summer months as a way to dine while enjoying a cool summer breeze.
Here are where you can enjoy the Yuka dining.

Kamogawa Noryo Yuka
MAY.1 - SEP.30
Along the Kamo River, between Nijo Street and Gojo Street.
  • Access : Keihan Railway "Gionshijo" or "Sanjo" Station
  •  Hankyu Railway "Kawaramachi" Station
  •  City bus No.5, 205, 17 "Shijo Kawaramachi"

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Kibune no Kawadoko
MAY.1 - SEP.30
Along the Kibune River, northwest mountainside of Kyoto.

For more information : Kibune kankokai Tel : 075-741-4444

Access : Shuttle Bus from Eizan Railway "Kibuneguchi" Station to the area (15 buses a day )

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Takao Kawadoko
Early APR. - Late NOV. ( Night Opening During Early June to Mid September )
Along the Kiyotaki River, west mountainside of Kyoto.

For more information : Momijiya Tel : 075-871-1005

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