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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 Events


Aug. 7-10
The Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival

The Biggest Scale Pottery Event in Japan: Kyoto's Traditional Summer
Exhibit 400 pottery stalls, visited by 400,000 customers each year!

Various potteries available from traditional shops to modern artists: Truly reasonable prices!


This Pottery festival was started in the early Taisho period (1912-1926); It is one of the biggest Pottery festivals in Japan; About 400 stalls selling Pottery, line both sides of Gojo Street between Higashioji and Gojo bridge; About 400,000 people come every year; 9:00-22:00.

Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, #206, #207, get off at Gojo-zaka or Keihan Railway Kiyomizu Gojo Stn.; www.toukimaturi.gr.jp/


Until Sep.30
Kyoto's Summer Crafts & Items Festival at Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts


The only museum in Japan that exhibits about 500 craft works of 74 different types of crafts that carry down Kyoto's history and techniques

*Don't miss it!! Many other attractive events, such as shopping the traditional crafts, summer special exhibition, etc. held during the festival period.

Open: 9:00 - 17:00
*Closed 8/18 - 19
*Admission free

Special Presents!!!
Get a gift from the below list for those who visit the museum and answer a questionnaire during the festival period.

Present
A traditional gift 30 gifts per day

Present
500 yen shopping coupon
*Can be used at the museum shop or Kyoto specialty shop ''Miyabi''; 5 people per day

Free experience
Yuzen dyeing experience (available only on Sat., Sun., nat'l holidays) ; 5 people per day


Artisan's performance & Maiko's traditional dances
Takumi & Mai

Maiko's traditional dances
Every Sunday
from 14:00-/ 14:30-/ 15:00-

Artisan's performance
Sat., Sun., nat'l holidays
13:00-16:00

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts ''Fureaikan'' B1 of Miyako Messe in Okazaki 9-1 seishoji-cho, okazaki, sakyo-ku





Until Dec. 29
Sagano Sightseeing Tram Ride


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The Sagano Sightseeing Tram 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).

Entry: 620 yen (one way); Access: JR Saga Arashiyama Stn.; Sagano Kanko Tetsudo: Tel: 075-861-7444; 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 16km 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).

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/


Until Sept. 15
Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

Ukai is a traditional fishing method in which cormorants (large diving birds) are used to catch sweet river fish or ayu; Carried out on the Oi River, this event is one of the most popular summer tourist attractions in Arashiyama; Tourists can watch the event either from banks of the river or get a seat on a boat which let them watch the performance up close.

Adults: 1,700 yen, Children (4-12 years old): 850 yen; 19:00-21:00; Boat ride: 19:00 & 20:00; No service on Aug. 16; Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen; Arashiyama Tsusen: Tel: 075-861-0302.


Aug. 1-15
Miyagawa-cho Beer Garden with a Maiko

A summer time special beer garden will open on the south side of the Miyagawa-cho Kaburenjo Theatre, and customers can enjoy drinking beer and eating, while watching elegant maiko dances on stage.

Entry: 3,000 yen (including a beer and 3 side dishes; cash only); (1) 18:00-19:30; (2) 20:00-21:30; Reservation required via Tel: 075-561-1151 (10:00-16:00; Japanese only; Miyagawa-cho Teahouse Association).


Aug. 1-18
Special Night-time Opening of Kodai-ji Temple

Kodai-ji Temple was founded by Nene, the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi (one of Japan's greatest samurai warlords) to commemorate his spirit; Every summer, the temple holds a special night-time opening for the memorial service for Hideyoshi.

Entry: 600 yen (including entry to the Sho Museum); Sunset-21:30; Access: Kyoto City Bus#206, get off at Higashiyama Yasui; Tel: 075-561-9966; www.kodaiji.com


Aug. 5
Mt. Daigo Manto Kuyo Memorial Ceremony at Daigo-ji Temple

From sunset to 21:00, a number of lanterns along the temple approach will be lit; The temple's Kon-do Hall and five-story pagoda will also be lit up.

Sunset-21:00; Access: subway Tozai line, Daigo Stn.; Tel: 075-571-0002; daigoji.or.jp/


Aug. 6
Summer Purification Ritual at Shimogamo Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From 18:30, local men compete to get a sacred arrow in the shrine's Mitarashi pond; It is said that the arrow can ward off evil and secure good health in the latter half of the year.

Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamo-jinja-mae; Tel: 075-781-0010; www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/


Aug. 7-10
Rokudo Mairi at Rokudo Chinno-ji Temple

During these 4 days, people visit the temple and ring the bell to welcome the spirits of deceased family members following the Obon tradition; Many stalls line Matsubara Street (until 22:00) creating a lively atmosphere.

Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi; Tel: 075-561-4129.


Aug. 7-10
Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival

This Pottery festival was started in the early Taisho period (1912-1926); It is one of the biggest Pottery festivals in Japan; About 400 stalls selling Pottery, line both sides of Gojo Street between Higashioji and Gojo bridge; About 400,000 people come every year; 9:00-22:00.

Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, #206, #207, get off at Gojo-zaka or Keihan Railway Kiyomizu Gojo Stn.; www.toukimaturi.gr.jp/


Aug. 7-16
Welcoming and Sending Off the Spirits at Senbon Enma-do Temple

People welcome the spirit of deceased family members between the 7th and the 15th and send them off to the Buddhist Pure Land again on 16th; From 19:00 on 14th, the Senbon Rokusai Nenbutsu Buddhist stage performance will be held.

Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, Kenryuko-mae; Tel: 075-462-3332; yenmado.blogspot.jp/


Aug. 8-10, 16
Manto Lantern Ceremony at Rokuharamitsu-ji Temple


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From 20:00, an array of lanterns, forming the kanji character for 'big', are lit to welcome the spirit of deceased family members; A special send-off ceremony is held on 16th from 18:00.

Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi; Tel: 075-561-6980; www.rokuhara.or.jp/


Aug. 9-16
Rokusai Nenbutsu Buddhist Dances


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The Rokusai Nenbutsu dance was developed by the Buddhist saint, Kuya in the Heian period (794-1185), to spread the salvation of Buddhism among the people through chanting and dancing. The dance is performed at many temples during Obon (Festival of the Dead) as a form of prayer for ancestral spirits.


Aug. 9: Mibu Rokusai Nenbutsu
From 20:00; Mibu Temple; Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, get off at Mibuderamichi; Tel: 075-841-3381.


Aug. 14: Senbon Rokusai Nenbutsu
From 19:00; Senbon Enma-do Temple; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kenryuko-mae; Tel: 075-462-3332.


Aug. 16: Chudoji Rokusai Nenbutsu

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From 20:30; Mibu Temple; Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, get off at Mibuderamichi; Tel: 075-841-3381.


Aug. 11-16
Antique Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine

In this popular event, many book dealers from Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Okayama will be selling more than 800,000 books (rare, old, foreign); 10:00-17:30 (until 16:00 on the last day).

Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Tadasu-no-mori; Tel: 075-231-2971 (Kichudo).


Aug. 14-16
Kiyomizu Temple Yoi Mairi Night-time Opening

On these nights, the temple holds a special night-time opening; The temple's main statue is open to the public at this time.

Entry: 400 yen; 19:00-21:30; Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi; Tel: 075-551-1234; kiyomizudera.or.jp/


Aug. 16
Arashiyama Paper Lantern Festival

From 19:00 to 21:00, countless colored paper lanterns (each with a burning candle) will be released on the Oi River from Togetsu-kyo Bridge after a ceremony at Nakanoshima Park; This location is also excellent for seeing the Torii-gata hillside sendoff fire.

Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen; Tel: 080-5307-1060 (Saga Buddhist Association).


Aug. 16
Daimonji Gozan Okuri-bi Ritual Fires


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

The Daimonji Gozan Okuri-bi is one of the four major traditional seasonal events in Kyoto; Obon is an ancient rite to honor the souls of one's ancestors; The fires are set on five mountains in the city and each represents Buddhist symbol which is used as a way of guiding the spirits of the dead back to the Buddhist Pure Land. See page for more details and best viewing spots to view mountains.


Aug. 23 & 24
Sento Memorial Service at Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From 17:30 to 20:30, hundreds of lanterns are lit around the roughly 8,000 stone monuments and statues in this temple precinct; In ancient times this area was the site of a large graveyard.

Entry: 1,000 yen; Access: Kyoto Bus #72, get off at Toriimoto; Tel: 075-861-2221; www.nenbutsuji.jp/


Aug. 24
Kumogahata Matsuage at Koun-ji Temple & Fukuzo-ji Templ

From 20:00, people in this northern village, light piles of wood that form a Buddhist symbol to pray for a good autumn harvest in autumn and fire protection; A different Buddhist character is chosen every year.

Access: From Subway Karasuma Line Kitaoji Stn., take Kyoto Bus bound for Iwayabashi, get off at Kounji-mae, Detani-cho or Fukuzoin-mae; Tel: 075-406-2001 (Kumogahata ward office); NOTE: There is no public transportation back to the city after the event.


Sat., Sun. until Aug. 24
(*Aug. 12 - Aug. 15: Every day)
Summer Night Time Special Light-up event at Toei Kyoto Studio Park

From 16:30-21:00, this amusement park's film & TV set will be especially lit up at night, and also many stalls will be lined especially for families and couples to have great summer fun! Scary haunted house, Ninja training hall and popular amusement attractions all waiting for you too!

Entry: 1,100 yen (Adult); 700 yen (Jr. & Sr. H.S.); 600 yen (Child); 16:30-21:00; Access: Uzumasa Tenjingawa Stn. of Subway Tozai Line or Uzumasa Stn. of JR Sagano Line; Tel: 0570-064-349; www.toei-eigamura.com


Sat., Sun., & Nat'l Holidays until Aug. 31
(*Aug. 8 - Aug. 17: Every day)
Night Time Special Lit-up Garden at Garden Museum Hiei

Blooming with 100,000 blossoms every year, the Garden Museum is based on the theme of French impressionism; Located at the summit of Mt. Hiei, it offers an incredible view of both Lake Biwa and the city of Kyoto; During summer months, the garden will be beautifully lit-up.

Entry: 1,030 yen; 10:00-20:45; Access: Go to Eizan Railway Yase Hieizan-guchi Stn. and change to Eizan Cable Ropeway to Hiei Sancho Stn.; Tel: 075-707-7733; www.garden-museum-hiei.co.jp/






Temple & Shrine Flea Markets


Aug. 3, Sun.
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.

Aug. 8, Fri.
Toyokuni Shrine

A very small market of local products; 10:00-15:00.

Aug. 15, Fri.
Chion-ji Temple

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

Aug. 21, Thurs.
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.

Aug. 24, Sun.
Kamigamo Shrine

Handicrafts, arts, food, and more; 9:00-16:00.

Aug. 25, Mon.
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.

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