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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.

November's Top-picked Events

Enjoy Japanese Films with/in English!
Admission Free!
All flms begin at 14:00 (doors open at 13:30)

In November, the Japan Foundation Kyoto Office will be showing a selection of classic & contemporary Japanese flms with English subtitles or narration. Entry is free and open to all.

Nov. 12
The Spirit of Tea: Sen no Rikyu

Directed by Masami MURAYAMA; 1988; Sakura Motion Picture; 47min; With English narration

Korin House: A Re-creation
Directed by: Masami MURAYAMA; 1986; Sakura Motion Picture; 35min

Nov. 13
A Story from Chikamatsu (The Crucified Lovers)

Directed by: Kenji MIZOGUCHI; Based on a play by Monzaemon CHIKAMATSU; 1954; KADOKAWA (Daiei); 102min; With English subtitles

A Story from Chikamatsu (The Crucfied Lovers) ©KADOKAWA 1954

Nov. 14
Kamome Diner

Directed by: Naoko OGIGAMI; Based on the novel by Yoko MURE; 2005; Nikkatsu; With English subtitles

Nov. 15
Every Day a Good Day

Directed by Tatsushi OMORI; Original story by Noriko MORISHITA; 2018; ''Every Day a Good Day'': Production Committee; With English subtitles

''Every Day a Good Day'' ©2018
''Every Day a Good Day'' Production Committee

Admission: Free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis (max 200 people perlm)
Venue: Event Hall, Kyoto International Community House
Contact The Japan Foundation Kyoto Office:

Every Day
Hozu River Boat Ride

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

On Hozu River; The boat 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 and 15:30 (7 services).

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

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.

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

Every Day
Fushimi Jikkoku-bune Boat Ride

At Fushimi's Uji River; Jikkoku-bune used to carry food stuffs and passengers along the Yodo River in the Edo period; The boat tour takes about 50-min. and goes past willow trees and sake breweries.

1,200 yen; 10:00-16:20; Access: Kintetsu Line, Momoyama Goryo-mae Stn., or Keihan Line, Chushojima Stn.; http://kyoto-fushimi.or.jp/ship/

Oct. 31-Nov. 4
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.

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

Until Dec. 8
Temple Treasure Special Opening

At Shogo-in Temple; Gorgeous sliding door paintings by successive Kano School painters from the end of the Muromachi to the Edo period (14th-19th century) and the statue of Fudo Myo-o (Important Cultural Property) will be on display.

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

Nov. 1-15
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) costume and enjoy strolling through the village (1,000 yen; reservation required by the day before).

10:00-15:00; Kyoto Bus #17, 18, get off at Ohara; kyoto-ohara-kankouhosyoukai.net

November 1-3
Shinsen-en Kyogen

At Shinsen-en Temple: The kyogen plays performed at Shinsen-en Temple are based on the Mibu kyogen style; Different plays, from around 30 plays in total, will be performed on each day; Nov. 1: 18:30-21:30, 2nd: 13:00-17:30, 18:30-21:30, 3rd: 13:00-17:30, 18:30-21:30.

Admission free; Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, 50, get off at Horikawa Oike, subway Tozai line, Nijojo-mae Stn.; www.shinsenen.org

Nov. 1
Inoko Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Go-o Shrine; An elegant ritual held at the imperial court during the Heian period will be conducted from 17:00; Special rice cakes called Inoko-mochi will be served.

From 17:00; Karasuma subway line, Marutamachi Stn.; www.gooujinja.or.jp

Nov. 1 & 3
Kyoto Citizen Tea Party

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

2,600 yen (two bowls of green tea, light meal & entry to the castle); 9:30-15:00; Kyoto City Bus #9, 50, 101, get off at Nijojo-mae; http://nijo-jocastle.city.kyoto.lg.jp/

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.

4,300 yen, 4,800 yen (with tea service); Kyoto City Bus #100, 206, get off at Gion; Gion Higashi Kabukai: www.gionhigashi.com

Nov. 1-30
Autumn Chrysanthemum Exhibition

At Daikaku-ji Temple; About 600 pretty chrysanthemum flowers in pots are on display in a lovely rural setting.

500 yen; 9:00-17:00; Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Daikakuji; www.daikakuji.or.jp

Nov. 2, 16, 30
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; 2nd at Sakura Urushitei; Email: sakura@urushitei.jp ; 16th & 30th at Sakura HonganG; Email: culture@kyotoryokan-sakura.com

Nov. 3
Kyokusui-no Utage

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Jonan-gu Shrine; 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.

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

Nov. 7
Ohitaki Fire 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.

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; kifunejinja.jp

Nov. 8
Kanikakuni Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Gion Shirakawa 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.

From 11:00; Kyoto City Bus #201, get off at Shijo Keihan-mae.

Nov. 8
Ohitaki Fire Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Fushimi Inari Shrine; 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.

From 13:00; JR Nara Line Inari Stn. or Keihan Fushimi Inari Stn.; inari.jp

Miyako Light

Around Kamishichiken The residential area around Kamishichiken and Kamigyo ward will be lit up with the warm light of lanterns; A variety of exhibitions, displays, and performances by local people are planned as well as some food stands.

17:00-23:00; Kyoto City Bus #50, 203, get off at Kamishichiken; miyako-light.anewal.net

Nov. 10
Maple Leaf Festival in Arashiyama & Yugiri Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Seiryo-ji Temple; 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 from 10:30; The festival joins together with the one on the Oi River; The event will be canceled in case of rain.

From 10:30; Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen; www.arashiyamahoshokai.com

Nov. 13
Urushi Lacquer Festival

At Kokuzo Horinji 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.

Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen; www.kokuzohourinji.com

Nov. 16-Dec. 1 (Fri., Sat., Sun. only)
Special Night Time Opening

At Byodo-in Temple: One of the Kyoto's World Heritage sites in Uji will be illuminated along with beautiful maple leaves.

1,000 yen; 18:00-20:15; Light-up will be held only on Fri., Sat., Sun. & National holidays; About 10-min. walk from both JR & Keihan Uji Stn.; www.byodoin.or.jp

Nov. 21
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. 23
Samurai Armor Ceremony

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Kamigamo Shrine During samurai times, young boys took part in official ceremonies to transition into a matured adult, in which they wore newly prepared samurai armor and accessories; The ceremony is reproduced and approx. 40 people, including children, will be dressed in colorful samurai armor.

From 12:30; Kyoto City Bus #4, get off at Kamigamo-jinja-mae; https://www.kamigamojinja.jp/

Temple & Shrine Flea Markets


Nov. 2
Handicraft Market at Umekoji Park: 9:00-16:00

Nov. 3
Flea Market at To-ji Temple: 7:00-16:00

Nov. 8, 18, 28
Handicraft Market at Toyokuni Shrine: 10:00-15:00

Nov. 9
Heian Rakuichi Market at Okazaki Park: 10:00-16:00

Nov. 15
Handicraft Market at Chion-ji Temple: 8:00-16:00

Nov. 21
Kobo-san Flea Market at To-ji Temple: 8:00-16:00

Nov. 23
Kyoto Okazaki Handicraft Marche: 11:00-17:00

Nov. 24
Kamigamo Handcraft Market at Kamigamo Shrine: 9:00-16:00

Nov. 25
Tenjin-san Flea Market at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine: 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.