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September Event Highlights 2017
See, touch and experience the Old Capital - What's on this month!
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The 21st Autumn Kyoto Music Festival
September 17 - November 26

The Autumn Kyoto Music Festival is a largescale annual music event inviting renowned musicians from Japan and abroad. This year marks its 21st year and a number of appealing concerts have been arranged. Experience a festive and uplifting mood with distinctive music at Kyoto Concert Hall.

*Children under 6 not admitted; Programs are subject to change.

Sept. 17, From 14:00
The 21st Autumn Kyoto Music Festival Opening Concert
Immerse yourself in the music of Hirokami & the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Junichi Hirokami (Chief Conductor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra)

Piano: Lukas Geniusas © Evgenij Evtiukhin

Koichi Sugiyama-MIYAKO
Frederic Francois Chopin-Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor op.21
Sergei Rachmaninov-Symphony No.2 in E minor op.27

Tickets: Sold Out
Main Hall

Sept. 20, From 19:00
Kitayama Classic Club 2017
A Blissful Duo: Kudo, the Japanese Flute Great Master & His Old Friend, Richard Siegel (Cembalo)

Richard Siegel & Shigenori Kudo

Francois Couperin-"Les Gouts Reunis" from Concerts Royaux
Philippe Rameau-Excerpts from Les Indes Galantes
Johann Sebastian Bach-Sonata in B minor for Flute and Harpsichord BWV1030
and more

Tickets: 4,500 yen *All reserved seats
Ensemble Hall Murata

Sept. 23, From 14:00
Quatuor Debussy & Naoko Kotaniguchi (Clarinet)
Tickets: 4,500 yen *All reserved seats
Ensemble Hall Murata

Sept. 23, From 17:00
Kyoto Symphony Orchestra - Premium Concert
Kosuke Oshima - Symphonic Suite ''Life''
Tickets: 6,800 yen *All reserved seats
Main Hall

Sept. 24, From 14:00
The 7th Orchestral Festival for Colleges and Universities of Performing Arts in Kansai

Conductor: Kazuyoshi Akiyama

Passionate Music Created by Weaving Young Generation Power
Students from eight music colleges and universities will gather and perform orchestra and chorus; selected members will sing a solo part.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart-Requiem in D minor K.626
Ottorino Respighi-''Fontane di Roma'' and ''Pini di Roma'', Symphonic Poems

Tickets: 1,500 yen, 15 and younger: 500 yen
*All non-reserved seats
Main Hall

Sept. 27, From 19:00
Harald Næss Cornet Recital
Elegant Night with Cornet Played by the Principal Trumpet of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra
Piano: Yusuke Satake

Harald Næss

Jean-Baptiste Arban-Fantasie Brilliante
Oscar Bohme-Cornet Concerto e-moll op.18
Denis Wright-Cornet Concerto
and more

Tickets: 3,000 yen Students & Senior (over 70): 1,500 yen *All non-reserved seats
Ensemble Hall Murata

Sept. 30, From 14:00
Munchener Bach Orchester
Conductor/Cembalo/Organ: Hansjorg Albrecht

Tickets: S 8,000 yen, A 6,000 yen, B 4,500 yen
Main Hall

Coming Programs in October and November

Oct. 9, From 14:00
La Biche Ensemble de Kyoto Vol.14
Performed by Kyoto Symphony Orchestra Members

Tickets: 3,000 yen Students & Senior (over 70): 1,500 yen *All non-reserved seats

Oct. 9, From 15:00
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Music Director: Riccardo Chailly
Tickets: S 30,000 yen, A 26,000 yen, B 22,000 yen, C 18,000 yen, D Sold Out

Nov. 5, From 14:30
The Great Discovery of East Asian Music with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: 3,000 yen *All reserved seats

Nov. 13, From 19:00
Kyoto Sinfonietta
Performed by Kyoto Symphony Orchestra Members

Tickets: 3,000 yen Students & Senior (over 70): 2,000 yen *All non-reserved seats

Nov. 16, From 19:00
Kitayama Classic Club 2017
Dezso Ranki Piano Recital
Tickets: 5,000 yen *All reserved seats

Nov. 18, From 18:00
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Daniele Gatti Cello: Tatjana Vassilijeva
Tickets: S 25,000 yen, A 21,000 yen, B 17,000 yen, C & D Sold out

Tickets: Telephone reservation (075-711-3231) and Concert Hall Ticket Counter (10:00-17:00; closed 1st & 3rd Mon.; closed the next day when Mon. is a nat'l holiday); Online Sale: Access by clicking the ''BOOK NOW'' button.

1-26 Hangi-cho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; a 5-min. walk from subway Kitayama Stn.
Tel: 075-711-3231

Every Day
Sagano Romantic Train Ride

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The Sagano Romantic Train route (7.3 km) runs from Saga to Kameoka along a gorgeous river gorge and passes through 8 old tunnels; No service on Wed. (except for holidays and during the tourist season).

Tickets: 620 yen (one way); Access: JR Saga Arashiyama Stn.; Tel: 075-861-7444 (Sagano Kanko Tetsudo); www.sagano-kanko.co.jp

Every Day
Hozugawa Kudari River Boat Ride

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The Hozugawa Kudari is a river ride that goes from Kameoka to Arashiyama, Kyoto (about 16 km in 2 hours) along a stunning river gorge with rapids and wonderful mountain views; Boats depart every hour between 9:00-15:30 (the last boat departs at 15:30). *Operated irregularly on Sat., Sun., National holidays.

Tickets: 4,100 yen; 2,700 yen (4-12 years old); Access: An 8-min. walk from the north exit of JR Sagano Line Kameoka Stn.; Tel: 0771-22-5846 (Hozugawa Yusen Association); www.hozugawakudari.jp

Until Sept. 23 / Sept. 30
Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama and Uji

Ukai is a traditional fishing method in which cormorants (large diving birds) are used to catch sweet river fish, or ayu; Tourists can watch the event either from the banks of the river or get a seat on a boat.

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

Arashiyama (Until Sept. 23): 1,800 yen, 900 yen (4-12 years old); 18:30-20:30; Boat ride: 18:30 & 19:30; Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen; Tel: 075-861-0302 (Arashiyama Tsusen); Uji (Until Sept. 30): 2,000 yen, 1,000 yen (6-12 years old); 18:30-19:30 (Reception from 17:30; Boarding from 18:00); Boarding area: Nakanoshima Park; Access: Keihan Line, transfer at Chushojima Stn. to Uji Stn.; Tel: 0774-23-3334 (Uji City Tourist Association)

Sept. 2 & 3
Hassaku Festival at Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

Every year around this time, the local people hold a big ceremony to pray for a good autumn harvest and family safety; On 2nd, Bon-odori dance will be held from around 19:00; On 3rd, from 8:00, sumo wrestling will be held and at 8:30, women carry a big mikoshi portable shrine; Dynamic Sagano Rokusai Nenbutsu dance will be performed from around 16:00 on 3rd.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Matsuno-o Taisha-mae; Tel: 075-871-5016; www.matsunoo.or.jp

Sept. 8 - Dec. 3
Special Opening of the Flower Ceiling at Hiraoka Hachiman-gu Shrine

This shrine was built by Kukai in 809 as a guardian deity for the Jingo-ji Temple; The ceiling of the main hall is adorned with 44 colorful flower paintings from the Edo period (1600-1868).

Entry: 800 yen (with Obuku-cha tea); 10:00-16:00 (enter by 15:30); Access: JR Bus Hiraoka Hachiman; Tel: 075-871-2084.

Sept. 9
Karasu Sumo Wrestling and Choyo Ceremony at Kamigamo Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From 10:00, people offer chrysanthemum flowers at the main hall and pray; After the ritual, local children compete in the shrine's annual Karasu sumo wrestling event; A free cup of chrysanthemum sake will be offered to visitors.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, 9, get off at Kamigamo-jinja-mae; Tel: 075-781-0011; www.kamigamojinja.jp

Sept. 9 & 23
Sake Tasting Night at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei/Honganji

The host, Mr. Davidson, will lead participants into the unknown Sake World and share ideas on how to enjoy tasting sake to its utmost.

Tickets: 2,000 yen; 18:00-19:00; Reservation required; 9th at Sakura Urushitei; Email: sakura@urushitei.jp ; 23rd at Sakura Honganji; Email: culture@kyotoryokan-sakura.com

Sept. 9 - 24 (Closed Sept. 12 & 19)
Naoaki Sakamoto Exhibition Traveling Paper
at Rokurokudo (www.rokurokudo.jp)
Natural dyed washi paper by Naoaki Sakamoto

Naoaki Sakamoto is a washi Japanese paper artist and a generous traveler. Traveling as he wishes, both around Japan and the world, Sakamoto immerses himself body and soul into the places he visits, portraying them in his art works by dyeing Japanese washi paper. The globe is his field of creation. Wherever he goes, Sakamoto discovers ''life'' from the local soil, water, air and smells dyeing white washi paper with natural materials.

Large and small, Sakamoto's creations are all on a single piece of paper. Yet, every single washi displays different expressions - some emanate boldness while others appear extremely soft. Paper is flat, but Sakamoto's washi paper magically draws people into the ''depth'' of the world in which he has traveled. The ways you can enjoy Sakamoto's paper are limitless. Feel the air and soil that Sakamoto brings to your home from his travels.

Sept. 14 & 15
Seiryu-e Festival at Kiyomizu Temple

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From 14:00, a long blue dragon (representing a sacred guardian of Kyoto) marionette carried by many men will dance through the temple precinct.

Entry: 400 yen; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi; Tel: 075-551-1234; www.kiyomizudera.or.jp

Sept. 15
Yoshitsune Festival at Kurama Temple

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From 11:00, a memorial ceremony will be held to commemorate the spirit of Yoshitsune Minamoto, the legendary Heian period samurai who once lived at this temple; After the ceremony, Japanese martial arts will be performed in front of the main hall.

Entry: 300 yen; Access: Kyoto City Bus #4 get off at Demachiyanagi-eki-mae and take Eizan Railway to Kurama Stn.; Tel: 075-741-2003; www.kuramadera.or.jp

Sept. 16 - Dec. 10
Autumn Special Opening of Shogo-in Temple

On display in the Shin-den Hall, there are about 100 sliding door paintings by successive Kano School painters, who reigned supreme in the art world of Japan for 400 years from the end of the Muromachi to the Edo period.

Entry: 800 yen; 10:00-16:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kumano Jinja-mae; Tel: 075-771-1880; www.shogoin.or.jp

Sept. 19
Free Public Opening of the Shin-en Garden at Heian Jingu Shrine

The large Japanese stroll garden that surrounds the north side of the precinct of Heian Jingu Shrine is divided into four parts; This shrine's large scale garden will be open free of charge on this day.

Admission free (usually 600 yen); 8:30-16:30; Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Okazakikoen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae; Tel: 075-761-0221; www.heianjingu.or.jp

Sept. 21
Kamigyo Takigi Noh Performance at Shiramine Jingu Shrine

From 16:00 (part 1) and 18:00 (part 2), a range of traditional entertainment (dance, noh, koto harp, etc.) will be performed; In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Kongo Noh Theatre.

Tickets: 2,500 yen; Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Horikawa Imadegawa; Tel: 075-441-5040 (Kamigyo Ward Office); shiraminejingu.or.jp

Sept. 22 & 23
Seimei Festival at Seimei Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

On the 22nd, people holding lanterns form a procession from 19:00 to welcome the spirit of Seimei Abe after which a kagura dance and music performance will be held; On the 23rd, about 500 people march around the shrine precinct playing traditional music from 13:00.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Ichijo Modoribashi Seimeijinja-mae; Tel: 075-441-6460; www.seimeijinja.jp

Sept. 23
Nishijin Traditional Cultural Festival at Senryou-ga-tsuji

Senryo-ga-tsuji is an area which played an important role in the Nishijin district where a lot of a raw silk and woven fabric wholesalers started and prospered; Quite a few traditional houses along Omiya Street are open to the public and they also exhibit their cultural heritages.

Admission free; 10:00-17:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Ichijo Modoribashi Seimeijinja-mae; The event will be held along Omiya street, south of Imadegawa; www.senryougatsuji.com

Sept. 23
Takase-gawa Boat Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

A ceremony will be held at the starting point of the Takase-gawa canal; Maiko from Pontocho will serve green tea.

Admission free; 10:30-16:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Kyoto Shiyakushomae.

Sept. 23 & 24
Hagi Festival at Nashinoki Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

During this festival, people write poems on a piece of paper and tie them to the branches of the shrine's many flowering bush clovers; In the shrine hall, kyogen, dance and koto harp will be performed.

Ticket with tea: 800 yen or 1,500 yen (with a ceramic plate); Access: Kyoto City Bus #17, 205, get off at Furitsu Idai Byoin-mae; Tel: 075-211-0885; nashinoki.jp

Sept. 24
Sencha and Kencha Festival at Heian Shrine

From 9:00, the Iemoto masters of the 6 schools of Sencha tea ceremony will perform tea ceremony for the deities of the shrine (the ceremony area is not open to the public); After the ceremony, green tea will be served to the public.

Tickets: 2,000 yen (2 cups of green tea); 9:00-15:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Okazakikoen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae; Tel: 075-761-0221; www.heianjingu.or.jp

Sept. 25
Comb Festival at Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

This unique festival is dedicated to offering thanks to women's combs and hair ornaments; From 13:00, a ceremony is held and then a beautiful procession of women with their hair done in a wide range of styles spanning more than 1,300 years and wearing clothing from those periods will walk through the surrounding area.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyama Yasui; Tel: 075-561-5127; www.yasui-konpiragu.or.jp

Temple & Shrine Flea Markets


Sept. 3
To-ji Temple: This market is focused on antiques of all kinds; Usually not too crowded and great value all around; 7:00-16:00.

Sept. 8, 18, 28
Toyokuni Shrine: A very small market offering local products; 10:00-15:00.

Sept. 15
Chion-ji Temple: Kyoto’s largest handicraft market; An absolutely amazing range of handmade items at incredible prices; 8:00-16:00.

Sept. 21
To-ji Temple: Also known as Kobo-san, this mega temple market offers everything and is extremely popular; Go early, especially if on a weekend or a national holiday; 5:00-16:00.

Sept. 23
Kyoto Okazaki Marche: Strictly selected authentic handmade goods will be on sale at Tsutaya bookshop’s open space in the Okazaki area; 11:00-17:00.

Sept. 24
Kamigamo Shrine: Handicrafts, arts, food, and more; 9:00-16:00.

Sept. 25
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine: Also known as Tenjin-san, a super shrine market sprawling in and around this major shrine complex; 6:00-16:30.

NOTE: Markets shut down much earlier in autumn and winter; When the days get longer and warmer, sellers tend to stay a little longer.