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June Event Highlights
See, touch and experience the Old Capital - What's on this month!
*Time, dates and information of events are subject to change.

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 tourist season).

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

Every Day
Hozugawa Kudari River Run

© 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 of rapids with 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; Access: An 8-min. walk from the north exit of JR Sagano Line Kameoka Stn.; Hozugawa Yusen Association: Tel: 0771-22-5846; www.hozugawakudari.jp

Every Day
Tour around the Sake Brewery Town
Fushimi Jukkoku-bune Boat Ride

Jukkoku-bune is a boat that carried sake, rice and passengers on the Yodo River in the Edo period (1600-1868). The revived boat carries 15 passengers and the tour takes about 55-mins. round trip and runs in the Uji River where willow trees and sake breweries are making a great scenery. These special boats depart from the back of Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum to the Fushimi Port Park.

Tickets: 1,200 yen, 600 yen (6-12 years old), 300 yen (5 years and younger); 10:00-16:20; No service on Monday between June and September (available if Monday is a national holiday); Access: Kintetsu Line, Momoyama goryo-mae Stn., or Keihan Line, Chushojima Stn.; Tel: 075-623-1030; kyoto-fushimi-kanko.jp/ship/

Early June - Early July
Hydrangea Festival at Fujinomori Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The whole precinct of the shrine will be filled with colorful hydrangea flowers; Special ceremony will be held from 10:00 on the 15th (traditional dance and music performances & kemari ancient ball game).

Entry: 300 yen; 9:00-16:00; Access: A 5-min. walk from JR Fujinomori Stn. or Keihan Sumizome Stn.; Tel: 075-641-1045; www.fujinomorijinjya.or.jp

June 1
Kifune Festival at Kifune Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

Kifune Shrine, headquarters to about 500 Kifune Shrines located throughout Japan, is the home to the all-important God of Water; From 11:00, a mikoshi portable shrine procession, accompanied by people playing traditional music, will proceed through the neighborhood; A kagura dance performance by young shrine maidens will also be performed at the shrine.

No entry fee; Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, 17, get off at Demachiyanagi-eki-mae and take Eizan Railway to Kibune-guchi Stn.; Tel: 075-741-2016; kifunejinja.jp

June 1 & 2
Takigi Noh Night-time Performance at Heian Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

Kyoto's Takigi Noh performances are one of the city's most popular events; On both days, three major Nohgaku schools (Kanze, Kongo, Okura) will perform these slow-moving, mysterious plays on a special fire-lit, outdoor stage set up in Heian Shrine.

Tickets: 4,000 yen; From 17:30 (the doors open from 16:30); Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan, Heian Jingumae; Tel: 075-771-6114 (Kyoto Takigi Noh Office). *In the case of rain, the event will be held at the ROHM Theatre.

June 1-3
Kodo 35th Anniversary Premier Concert at Kyoto Theater

The world famous Japanese drum team, Kodo's commemorative 35th anniversary special concert; A famous Kabuki actor, Tamasaburo Bando, who is also a renowned stage director will guide you to the world of outstanding world of Kodo.

Tickets: 8,500 yen (first), 5,500 yen (second); 1st stage: 11:00, 2nd stage: 16:00 (no 2nd stage on the 3rd); Access: Located in the JR Kyoto Station Building; Tel: 075-561-1155 (Minamiza Theatre); www.kodo.or.jp/oet/20160601-03b_en.html

June 3
Free Public Opening of the Shin-en Garden at Heian Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The large Japanese stroll garden that surrounds the north side of the precinct of Heian Shrine is divided into four parts; The irises in the west and central parts are very beautiful and bloom in June.

No entry fee on this day (usually 600 yen); 8:30-17:30; Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan, Heian Jingumae; Tel: 075-761-0221; www.heianjingu.or.jp

June 5
Gion Hojo-e

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

This ceremony is to offer thanks to living nature as young fish are released into the river with gratitude; Maiko (apprentice geiko) will also participate in the event and 2,000 young fish will be released from the Tatsumi Bridge to the Shirakawa River; The ceremony is very crowded, but a rare opportunity to take photos of maiko.

No entry fee; 11:00-13:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Gion; Tel: 075-701- 5181 (Sekizanzen-in Temple).

June 6
Plum Dedication Festival at Shimogamo and Kamigamo Shrines

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

On this day, to pray for a blessed rain which brings the good harvest, a plum dedication ceremony will be held at both of the Shimogamo and Kamigamo shrines; The ceremony will be held with a procession of people wearing Heian period elegant costumes and dedicate this year's just picked plums to the deity. If you are lucky, you may get a plum at the end of the ceremony.

No entry fee; The ceremony starts at around 11:00 at Shimogamo Shrine; Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamo-jinjamae; Tel: 075-781-0010; www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp; Kamigamo Shrine's ceremony starts at around 13:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, get off at Kamigamojinja-mae; Tel: 075-781-0011; www.kamigamojinja.jp

June 10
Taue Rice Planting Festival at Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

This ritual is held to ensure a good rice harvest; Women dressed in traditional Heian period costumes perform an elegant dance from 13:00; From around 14:00, about 30 women dressed in traditional farm worker clothing plant rice seedlings in the shrine's sacred rice field.

No entry fee; Access: JR Nara line, Inari Stn. or Keihan Railway, Fushimi Inari Stn.; Tel: 075-641-7331; inari.jp

June 15
Yasaka Shrine Reisai Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

This annual ceremony and dance performance, based on a dance style that was developed by the Heian imperial court, is highly recommended; The annual ceremony and dance and song will be performed at around 10:00; From around 15:00, a poetry reading contest will also be organized in the main hall.

No entry fee; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Gion; Tel: 075-561-6155; www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp

June 15
Aoba Festival at Chishaku-in Temple

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

This memorial ceremony is dedicated to the Buddhist saint Kobo Daishi and features sutra chanting (from 10:00); On this day, the garden, designed in the Momoyama period (17th century), and the temple wall paintings will be open to the public.

No entry fee; 9:00-16:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyama Nanajo; Tel: 075-541-5361; www.chisan.or.jp

June 15- 30
Sal Tree Viewing Party at Torin-in Temple in Myoshin-ji Temple

Torin-in Temple, one of the sub-temples in the Myoshin-ji Temple complex, has many sal trees in its front garden; It is said that Buddha was born beneath a sal tree; There will be a sal flower ceremony with Japanese incense experience on the 15th.

Sal flower ceremony: 1,600 yen (with matcha green tea); 5,950 yen (with shojin vegetarian cuisine and matcha green tea); 9:30-16:00; Access: JR Sagano Line, Hanazono Stn.; Tel: 075-463-1334; www.myoshinji.or.jp

Mid. June-Mid. July
Hydrangea Festival at Sanzen-in Temple

This hydrangea festival is held in celebration of the 1,000 hydrangea bushes that bloom in this temple's famous garden in June and July.

Entry: 700 yen; 9:00-17:00; Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18, get off at Ohara; Tel: 075-744-2531; www.sanzenin.or.jp

June 20
Takekiri-e Bamboo Cutting Ritual at Kurama Temple

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From 14:00, two 2-monk teams compete in the ceremonial ritual of cutting a long piece of bamboo (4m long and 10cm thick); The ritual is based on an ancient legend in which a monk of the temple got rid of a giant snake.

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

June 24-26
Kyoto Antique Fair

About 330 antique dealers, including many foreign dealers, will participate in this exciting event, which is the largest antique market in western Japan; More than 1.5 million items will be on offer.

No entry fee; 10:00-17:00 (until 16:00 on 26th); Access: Take Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3 from Subway Takeda Stn., get off at Pulse Plaza-mae; Tel: 077-522-3843.

June 25 & 26
Kyoto Five Kagai Joint Performance at Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre

Kyoto's five Kagai (maiko and geiko districts) are: Gion Kobu, Miyagawacho, Gion Higashi, Kamishichiken and Pontocho; This is an only chance to see all the maiko and geiko from all five Kagai perform together.

Tickets: First seats: 11,000 yen, Second seats: 5,000 yen, From 11:00 and 14:30; Access: Keihan Railway, Gion Shijo Stn.; Tel: 075-561-3901.

June 25- 30
Machiya Visit at Tondaya ''Nagoshi no Harae and Minazuki''

Tondaya is an exquisite cultural facility where people can learn about and enjoy Kyoto's traditional lifestyle forms; Also the seasonal June's special sweet ''Minazuki'' will be included to the tour.

Entry: 8,640 yen (lecture and machiya visit + tea ceremony +Japanese sweet + light meal; reservations required); 11:00-13:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Ichijo Modoribashi Seimeijinja-mae; Tel: 075-432-6701; www.tondaya.co.jp

June 25 - July 10
Bellflower Viewing Party at Tentoku-in Temple in Tofuku-ji Temple

Tentoku-in Temple is famous for its exquisite bellflower; The contrast between the purple and white bellflowers and the temple's simple dry landscape garden creates a beautiful scene.

Entry: 500 yen; 10:00-16:00; Special Zen lunch (11:00-14:00; 3,780 yen; reservations required at Hatoya Zuiho-kaku; TEL: 075-361-1231); Access:Kyoto City Bus #208, get off at Tofukuji; Tel: 075-561-5239; www.tentokuin.jp

Temple & Shrine Flea Markets

June 5
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.

June 5 & 26
Kyoto City Hall: A big public flea market; 10:00-16:00; In case of rain, it will be held on June 12 & July 3.

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

June 12
Bishamon-do in Kennin-ji Temple: Known as Tora-ichi, this market specializes in handicrafts & arts; 10:00-16:00.

June 15
Chion-ji Temple: Kyoto's biggest handicraft market; An absolutely amazing range of handmade things and incredible prices too!; 8:00-16:00.

June 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; 7:00-17:00.

June 25
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine: Also known as Tenjin-san, this super shrine market sprawls in and around this major shrine complex; 7:00-16:30.

June 26
Kamigamo Shrine: Handicrafts, arts, food, and more; 9:00-16:00.

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