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June Event Highlights
See, touch and experience the Old Capital - What's on this month!
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June's Top-picked Events

Nagoshi no Harae Summer Purification

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Every year at the end of June, many shrines hold an ancient Japanese purification rite called Nagoshi-no Harae. In this ceremony, people atone for their sins in the first half of the year and then pray for their health for the remainder of the year by walking through a tall chinowa wreath.

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June 25-30 Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
A giant chinowa wreath is set up at the shrine gate. The ceremony is held from 16:00 on the 30th; kitanotenmangu.or.jp ; Kifune Shrine: The ceremony starts from 15:00 on the 30th; kifunejinja.jp

June 30 Kamigamo Shrine
A chinowa kuguri wreath is set up and people can pass through while praying for good health and fortune. The ceremony starts from 10:00; www. kamigamojinja.jp; Heian Jingu Shrine: The ceremony starts from 16:00. A chinowa kuguri wreath is set up and people can pass through while praying for good health and fortune; www.heianjingu.or.jp

Light of Summer Beauty - Hotaru
June is the time to see the subtle but beautiful lights of fireflies at night. Some special events are scheduled which will let you encounter these beautiful subtle lights.

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June 9 Tea Ceremony with Firefly Light at Shimogamo Shrine
About 500 fireflies will be released to the Mitarashi River in the precinct at around 20:00. Before releasing, tea ceremony (from 17:00), Japanese traditional dance and a music concert (from 18:00) will be performed; www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/

June 14-17 Firefly & Yuka Cuisine at Shozan Resort
Shozan Resort is located in the tranquil Takagamine area in the north part of the city. During summer months, special dining platforms called Keiryo Yuka are setup above the Kamiya River (until Sep. 30). For only four days, from the 14 to 17 of this month, the special set of Hotaru firefly viewing and Yuka dinner course is available from 8,000 yen; www.shozan.co.jp

Every Day
Sagano Romantic Train Ride

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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 tourist season).

620 yen (one way); JR Sagano Line Saga Arashiyama Stn.; www.sagano-kanko.co.jp

Every Day
Hozu River Boat Ride

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On Hozu River 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.

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

Until June 17
Kanro-tei Garden Special Opening

At Reigen-in Temple; the dried landscape garden with fresh greenery will be open to the public; On June 2nd, the night time light up will be held from 20:00-22:00 and fireflies will be released to the river as well.

10:00-15:30; 500 yen; Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizumichi; reigenin.jp

Every Sunday until Aug. 26
MATCHA Sweet Garden 2018

At Kyoto Century Hotel; Indulge yourself with a wide range of Matcha sweet buffet: Japanese and Western cakes, pastries, light meals, fruits, ice cream, drinks and more at La Jyho.

Part 1: 13:30-15:00; Part 2: 15:30-17:00; 4,500 yen (adults), 2,500 yen (7-12 years old); 1,200 yen (4-6 years old) including tax and service; Held only on Sun.

Early June - Early July
Hydrangea Festival

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At Fujinomori Shrine; The entire shrine precinct will be filled with colorful hydrangea flowers; Special ceremonies and Shinto prayer from 10:00 on the 15th; Traditional dance, music & kemari ancient ball game from 13:00 on the 18th.

300 yen; 9:00-17:00; A 5-min. walk from JR Fujinomori Stn. or Keihan Sumizome Stn.; www.fujinomorijinjya.or.jp

June 1
Kifune Festival

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At Kifune Shrine; This shrine is home to the all-important God of Water; Mikoshi portable shrine procession accompanied by musicians playing traditional music starts from 11:00; A kagura dance performance by young shrine maidens, too.

Kyoto City Bus #4, 17, get off at Demachiyanagi-eki-mae and take Eizan Railway to Kibune-guchi Stn.; kifunejinja.jp

June 1 & 2
Takigi Noh Night-time Stage

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At Heian Shrine; On both days, three major Noh schools (Kanze, Kongo, Okura) will perform these slowmoving, mysterious plays on a special fire-lit outdoor stage.

5,000 yen; From 18:00 (the doors open from 17:00); Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan Heian Jingumae; *In the case of rain, the event will be held at the ROHM Theatre.

June 3
Gion Hojo-e

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At Shirakawa River; This ceremony offers thanks to living nature; Some 2000 young fish are released into the river by maiko (apprentice geiko) around noon from the Tatsumi Bridge into the Shirakawa River.

11:00-13:00; Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Gion

June 6
Plum Dedication Festival

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At Shimogamo and Kamigamo Shrines; To pray for the blessing of rain, which brings the good harvest, a procession of people wearing Heian-period elegant costumes will dedicate this year's newly harvested plums to the deity.

From 11:00 at Shimogamo Shrine; Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamojinjamae ; www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp; From 13:00 at Kamigamo Shrine; Kyoto City Bus #4, get off at Kamigamojinja-mae; www.kamigamojinja.jp

June 8
Free Public Opening of the Shin-en Garden

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At Heian Shrine; This large Japanese stroll garden surrounding the north side of the Heian Shrine precinct is divided into four sections; The irises in the west and central parts are extremely beautiful and bloom in June.

Admission free on June 2 only (usually 600 yen); 8:30-16:30; Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan/Heian Jingumae; www.heianjingu.or.jp

June 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.

2,000 yen; 18:00-19:00; Reservation required; 9th: at Sakura Urushitei; Email: kyototourlounge@kyotoinnandtour.com ; 23rd at Sakura Honganji; Email: culture@kyoto-ryokan-sakura.com

June 10

In Okazaki Park; Free & paid-yoga classes, live music concert, sale of yoga goods; A wide range of yoga classes for both experienced & beginners will be held at the Rohm Theatre and approach of Heian Jingu shrine.

8:30-16:00; Kyoto City Bus #5, 100, get off at Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan Heianjingu-mae; https://www.kyo-yoga.com/

June 10
Rice Planting Festival

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At Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine; This ritual is held to ensure a bountiful rice harvest; Women dressed in traditional Heian-period costumes perform an elegant dance from 13:00; From around 14:00, about 20 women dressed in traditional farm worker's clothing plant rice seedlings in the shrine's sacred rice field.

JR Nara line, Inari Stn. or Keihan Railway, Fushimi Inari Stn.; inari.jp

June 10 & 24
Dance Performance by Maiko & Geiko

At Fureaikan Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts; Dance performance by an authentic maiko (apprentice geiko) or geiko depending on the day; 3 shows at 14:00, 14:30, 15:00 (each show lasts about 15 min.).

Free of charge; Kyoto City Bus #5, #100, get off at Okazakikoen Bijutsukan Heian Jingu-mae; kmtc.jp

June 15
Yasaka Shrine Reisai Festival

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At Yasaka Shrine; An annual ceremony and dance performance based on a dance style that was developed by the Heian imperial court; The ceremony along with the dance and singing will be performed at around 10:00; From around 15:00, a poetry reading contest takes place in the main hall.

Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Gion; www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp

June 15
Aoba Festival

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At Chishaku-in Temple; This memorial ceremony is dedicated to the Buddhist saint Kobo Daishi and features sutra chanting (from 10:00); The garden and the temple wall paintings will be open to the public.

9:00-16:00; Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyama Nanajo; www.chisan.or.jp

June 15-30
Sal Tree Viewing Party

At Torin-in Temple in Myoshin-ji Temple; Torin-in Temple has many sal trees in its front garden; It is said that Buddha was born beneath a sal tree.

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; JR Sagano Line, Hanazono Stn.; www.myoshinji.or.jp

June 17-July 13
Hydrangea Festival

At Sanzen-in Temple; 1,000 hydrangea bushes bloom in the temple's famous garden in June and July; Buddhist chanting takes place from 11:00 each day at the main hall.

700 yen; 8:30-17:00; Kyoto Bus #17, 18, get off at Ohara; www.sanzenin.or.jp

June 20
Takekiri-e Bamboo Cutting Ritual

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At Kurama Temple; 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.

300 yen; Kyoto City Bus #4, get off at Demachiyanagi-eki-mae, and take Eizan Railway to Kurama Stn.; www.kuramadera.or.jp

June 25-July 10
Bellflower Viewing Party

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

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

June 29-July 1
Kyoto Antique Fair

At Pulse Plaza; This is the largest antique market in western Japan with about 330 antique dealers, including many from overseas, participating in what is always an exciting event; More than 1.5 million items will be on offer.

10:00-17:00 (until 16:00 on the 1st); Take Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3 from Subway Takeda Stn., get off at Pulse Plaza-mae; Free shuttle bus service from Takeda Stn.; www.gomoku-do.com

Temple & Shrine Flea Markets


June 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.

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

June 15
Chion-ji Temple: Kyoto's biggest handicraft market; An absolutely amazing range of handmade items 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; 8:00-16:00.

June 23
Kyoto Okazaki Marche: Strictly selected authentic handmade goods will be sold at the open space of Tsutaya bookshop in the Okazaki area; 11:00-17:00.

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

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.

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