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

Pick Up Event 1

The 21st Autumn Kyoto Music Festival
September 17 - November 26

© Nanako Ito

The Autumn Kyoto Music Festival is a largecale 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.
*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.

Nov. 5 (Sun.) From 14:30
-Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto-
The Great Discovery of East Asian Music with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra
The Sound of East Asia
-A Japanese, Chinese and Korean Music Festival

Junichi Hirokami

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

Seonghwan Choi-Arirang
Tieshan Liu / Yuan Mao-Dance of the Yao People
Yuzo Toyama-Rhapsody for Orchestra

Georges Bizet
-Excerpts from Carmen (Concert version with narration)

Tickets: 3,000 yen *All reserved seats
Main Hall

Nov. 12 (Sun.) From 14:00
Kyoto Symphony Orchestra: Orchestra Discovery 2017
The Magical Orchestra Vol. 3 ''The Singing Melody''

Akira Miyagawa ©Mikako Ishiguro

Conductor & Piano: Akira Miyagawa
Navigator: Garage Sale (Japanese comedy duo)

Programs (all arranged by Akira Miyagawa)
-Symphonic! ''Mary Poppins''
-Look up at the stars in the night
-Eine Kleine TANGO Musik
-Baby Elephant Walk
-Fantastic! ''Snow White''
and more

Tickets: *Reserved seats are all sold out
Non-reserved seats (1F, 3F and Podium seats) 2,000 yen (over 19) / 1,000 yen (5-18 years old)
Main Hall

Nov. 13 (Mon.) From 19:00
Kyoto Sinfonietta Performed by Kyoto Symphony Orchestra Members

Gala of Arrangement (Arranged by Takuya Oda)
Henry Mancini -Pink Panther
George Gershwin-Summertime
Vittorio Monti -Czardas, Variations on theme of Pachelbel's Canon
Franz Liszt-La Campanella
and more

Tickets: 3,000 yen / Students & Senior over 70: 2,000 yen
*All non-reserved seats
Ensemble Hall Murata

Nov. 16 (Thurs.) From 19:00
Kitayama Classic Club 2017
Dezsö Ranki Piano Recital
Abounding Poetic Sentiment & Splendid Tunes
-World of ''B-dur'' by Hungarian Maestro-

Dezsö Ranki ©Takashi Iijima

Concert in B flat
Joseph Haydn-Piano Sonata in B flat major Hob.XVI-41
Johannes Brahms
-Variationen und Fuge über ein Thema von Händel B-dur op.24
Franz Schubert-Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat major D.960

Tickets: 5,000 yen *All reserved seats
Ensemble Hall Murata

Nov. 18 (Sat.) From 18:00
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
-Spend an evening immersing yourself in magnificent tunes-

Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Cello: Tatjana Vassilijeva

Joseph Haydn-Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb-1
Gustav Mahler -Symphony No.4 in G major (Soprano: Julia Kleiter)

Tickets: S 25,000 yen, A 21,000 yen, B 17,000 yen, C & D Sold out
*All reserved seats
Main Hall

Nov. 25 (Sat.) & 26 (Sun.) From 14:30
The 618th Subscription Concert of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra

Tatsuya Shimono ©Naoya Yamaguchi

Principal Guest Conductor: Tatsuya Shimono
Piano: Anna Fedorova

-Concerto for piano and orchestra No.5 in E-flat major ''Emperor'' op.73
John Adams-Harmonielehre

Tickets: S 5,000 yen, A 4,500 yen, B 3,500 yen, P 2,000 yen
*All reserved seats
Main Hall

Nov. 11 (Sat.) From 14:00
Miyuji Kaneko Piano Recital
Tickets: 3,500 yen (6,000 yen for pair ticket)
*All reserved seats
Ensemble Hall Murata

Nov. 18 (Sat.) From 14:00
Miyako Fu-in (Japanese Instruments Ensemble) 7th Concert
Tickets: Advance 4,000 yen / On the day 4,500 yen
*All non-reserved seats
Ensemble Hall Murata

Coming Programs December

Dec.15 (Fri.) From 19:00
Quatuor Arod
Tickets: 3,000 yen
*All reserved seats
Ensemble Hall Murata

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

Pick Up Event 2

Special Autumn Night Time Light-up Locations

Until Dec. 10
Kodai-ji Temple

This temple was built by the wife of the legendary warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi in 1606. The temple's stunning garden, full of maple trees, will be lit up in the evenings. 600 yen (including entry to the Sho Museum); Open: Sunset-21:30; Kyoto City Bus #100, 206, get off at Higashiyama Yasui; www.kodaiji.com

Oct. 27-Dec. 3
Shoren-in Temple

The serene gardens of Shoren-in Temple are a delightful place to enjoy the autumn colors by day and by night. 800 yen; Open: 18:00-21:30; Kyoto City Bus #5, get off at Jingumichi; www.shorenin.com

Nov. 10-Dec. 3
Daikaku-ji Temple

Daikaku-ji Temple was originally built as an Imperial Villa for Emperor Saga in the early Heian period. The temple's spacious precinct and the surrounding area of the Osawa Pond will be illuminated with a soft and mystical light up; 500 yen; Open: 17:30-20:00; Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Daikaku-ji; www.daikakuji.or.jp

Nov. 11-Dec. 3
Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

This shrine was built in 947 by the emperor of the time in honor of Michizane Sugawara, a great scholar and politician of the Heian period. The precinct is surrounded by about 300 autumn colored-trees; 700 yen (with tea and sweet); Open: Sunset-20:00; Kyoto City Bus #50, get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae; www.kitanotenmangu.or.jp

Pick Up Event 3

Enjoy Japanese Films with/in English!

Admission: Free of charge on a rst-come, rst-served basis (max 200 people per lm)
Venue: Event Hall, Kyoto International Community House
The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office will be showing a selection of classic & contemporary Japanese lms with English subtitles or narration.

Nov. 9; From 14:00: with English narration
Narrative Picture Scrolls
Directed by Eiji Murayama; 1974; Sakura Motion Picture; 28 min.

The Yuzen Silk
The Dyeing Art of Kakoh Moriguchi
1989; Sakura Motion Picture; 30 min.

''The Yuzen Silk-The Dyeing Art of Kakoh Moriguchi- ©Sakura Motion Picture Co., Ltd.

Nov. 10; From 18:00: with English subtitles
The Old Capital
Directed by Yuki Saito (original story by Yasunari Kawabata); 2016; DLE Inc.; 117 min.

''The Old Capital'' © Kawabata Foundation/Koto Project

Nov. 16; From 14:00: with English subtitles
The Twilight Samurai

Directed by Yoji Yamada (original story by Shuhei Fujisawa); 2002; Shochiku; 129 min.

''Mai Mai Miracle'' © 2009 Nobuko Takagi / MAGAZINE HOUSE / ''MAIMAISHINKO'' Film Committee

Nov. 17 From 18:00: with English subtitles
Mai Mai Miracle

Directed by Sunao Katabuchi (original story by Nobuko Takagi); 2009; Shochiku; 93 min.

''Twilight Samurai'' ©2002 Shochiku Co., Ltd./Nippon Television Network Corporation / Sumitomo Corporation / Hakuhodo DY Media Partners Inc. / Nippon Shuppan Hanbai Inc. / Eisei Gekijo Co., Ltd.

Contact: The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office: Tel: 075-762-1136 (10:00-17:00; Mon.-Fri.)

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.; 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 Nov. 5
Kyoto Experiment
(Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival)

Kyoto Experiment is Kyoto's first international performing arts festival presenting the innovative work of renowned Kyoto-based, Japanese and overseas theater and dance artists at various venues around Kyoto.

Ticket prices range from free to 5,000 yen with a three performance pass costing 7,800 yen; To see the full schedule of events, from visual arts to music to dance, and to purchase tickets visit: https://kyoto-ex.jp/

Until Nov. 8
Ohara-me Festival in Ohara

In the idyllic Ohara area (northeast of Kyoto), people can try on a traditional Ohara-me (women who sold firewood from Ohara to Kyoto in the old days; 1,000 yen) costume and enjoy strolling through the village; Reservation required by the day before.

Admission free; 10:00-14:00 except Sun. & national holidays; Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18, get off at Ohara; Tel: 075-744-2148; http://kyoto-ohara-kankouhosyoukai.net/

Nov. 1
Inoko Festival at Go-o Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

An elegant ritual held at the imperial court during the Heian period will be conducted from 17:00; Special rice cakes called Inokomochi will be served.

Admission free; 6:00-21:00; Access: Karasuma subway line, Marutamachi Stn.; Tel: 075-441-5458; www.gooujinja.or.jp

Nov. 1 & 3
Kyoto Citizen Tea Party at Nijo Castle

The masters of Japan's two tea ceremony schools (Urasenke on 1st and Yabunouchi on 3rd) will serve matcha green tea in a stunning garden at Nijo Castle.

Tickets: 2,500 yen (two bowls of green tea, meal & entry to the castle); Open: 9:30-15:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, 50, 101, get off at Nijojo-mae; Tel: 075-841-0096; www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/bunshi/nijojo

Nov. 1-5
Autumn Old Book Market at Chion-ji Temple

Organized by the Kyoto Old Book Association, about 200,000 interesting old books of all kinds are displayed and sold at this temple market.

Admission free; 10:00-17:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Hyakumanben; koshoken.seesaa.net/category/8767185-1.html

Nov. 1-10
Gion Odori Dance Performance at Gion Kaikan

The geiko and maiko of Gion Higashi (one of Kyoto's five geiko/maiko districts) will perform their elegant dances; Performances at 13:30 and 16:00.

Tickets: 4,000 yen, 4,500 yen (with tea service); Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206, get off at Gion; Gion Higashi Kabukai: Tel: 075-561-0224; www.gionhigashi.com

Nov. 1-30
Autumn Chrysanthemum Exhibition at Daikaku-ji Temple

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

This popular autumn flower exhibition attracts people from all over Japan; About 600 pretty chrysanthemum flowers in pots are on display in a lovely rural setting.

Entry: 800 yen (incl. entry to the temple treasure hall); 9:00-16:30; Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Daikakuji; Tel: 075-871-0071; www.daikakuji.or.jp

Nov. 3
Kyokusui-no Utage at Jonan-gu Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

People dressed as Heian aristocrats sit on the banks of a stream that flows through the shrine; A sake cup is released downstream and before it reaches the next person, he/she must compose a 31-syllable poem.

Admission free; From 14:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3 from Karasuma subway line, Takeda Stn., to Jonangu Higashi-guchi; Tel: 075-623-0846; www.jonangu.com

Nov. 7
Ohitaki Festival at Kifune Shrine

This ancient sacred fire ritual is held to banish malevolent spirits; The ritual is held between 11:00 and 12:00.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, get off at Demachiyanagi-eki-mae, then take the Eizan Railways Kurama Line to Kibune-guchi Stn. and walk to Kibune village; Tel: 075-741-2016; kifunejinja.jp

Nov. 8
Ohitaki Fire Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

This important festival is held to thank the gods for this year's harvest; Over 100,000 wooden prayer sticks offered by the faithful will be burnt and prayers held for family prosperity; The festival starts at 13:00 in front of the main shrine hall; Kagura dance will be performed for the shrine deity from 18:00.

Admission free; Access: JR Nara Line Inari Stn. or Keihan Fushimi Inari Stn.; Tel: 075-641-7331; inari.jp

Nov. 8
Kanikakuni Festival at Gion Shirakawa

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

Maiko and geiko come to offer flowers in front of the memorial statue of Isamu Yoshii (1886-1960), a famous poet and playwright who loved the Gion district; A special memorial service will be held at the Shirakawa Bridge during which maiko and their teachers will pay their respects.

Admission free; From 11:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #201, get off at Shijo Keihan-mae; Tel: 075-561-1115 (Gion Kobu Association).

Nov. 12
Maple Leaf Festival in Arashiyama & Yugiri Festival at Seiryo-ji Temple

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

An elegant autumn event in Arashiyama, the best autumn leaf viewing site in Kyoto; People dressed in traditional costumes will perform dance and music on boats on the Oi River; On the same day, the Yugiri Festival is held at Seiryo-ji Temple (about 10-min. walk to the north from Togetsu-kyo Bridge) with the ceremony starting from 10:30; Later, this festival joins together with the one on the Oi River.

From 10:30; Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen; Tel: 075-861-0012 (Arashiyama Hosho-kai); www.arashiyamahoshokai.com *The event will be canceled in case of rain

Nov. 13
Urushi Lacquer Festival at Kokuzo Hourin-ji Temple

A ceremony for the people and craftsmen involved in the lacquerware business starts at 11:00 and people pray for business prosperity; A kyogen theatre play will be performed; The temple's main Kokuzo Bosatsu statue is worshipped as the deity of lacquer and crafts.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen; Tel: 075-862-0013; www.kokuzohourinji.com

Nov. 16
Be the first to open this year's Boaujolais Nouveau in Kyoto!

Japan is the first place in the world where you can open a bottle of the year's New Beaujolais; Many pubs and bars in Kyoto offer New Beaujolais; KVG Recommendations: Pig & Whistle Kyoto & the Man in the Moon (Gion, Shijo Karasuma, Rokkaku, Kyoto Stn.); For details, visit their Facebook page!

Nov. 18
Gagaku Music Concert at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei

After the obanzai (Kyoto-style home dishes) meal party (18:00-19:00), a special concert featuring gagaku (Japanese ancient court music) will be held from 19:00.

Tickets: 2,500 yen (1,500 yen for 6-12 years children); Reservation required at Tel: 075-343-0003 or E-mail: sakura@urushitei.jp

Nov. 23
Fude-kuyo Ceremony at Shogaku-an Temple (in Tofuku-ji Temple)

People bring used calligraphy brushes (fude) to the temple and offer a ceremony expressing their gratitude. From 13:00, a mikoshi portable shrine is carried around the precinct and the ceremony starts at 14:00.

Admission free; Access: A 12-min. walk from JR or Keihan Tofukuji Stn.; Tel: 075-561-8095; shogakuan.web.fc2.com

Temple & Shrine Flea Markets


Nov. 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.

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

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

Nov. 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.

Nov. 25
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.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 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.