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October 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
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.

No service on Oct. 9th & 16th; 620 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.

No service on Mon.; 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/

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

Oct. 1-5
Zuiki Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine; The Zuiki Festival is an annual autumn festival in which people express gratitude for the year’s bountiful harvests. Two mikoshi portable shrines are decorated with zuiki (taro stems) and other vegetables. On the 1st, the procession departs from Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine and goes around the neighborhood before arriving at a temporary shrine where rituals are conducted. Geiko and maiko of the nearby Kamishichiken district turn out in their full splendor to watch the portable shrine move through their streets, too.

Kyoto City Bus #50, get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae; kitanotenmangu.or.jp

Oct. 3-8
Onshukai Dance Show in Gion Kobu

At Kyoto Prefectural Center for Arts & Culture; Annual autumn dance show performed by elegant geiko and maiko.

Reserved first seats: 8,500 yen; From16:00; miyako-odori.jp

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
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;

5h & 12th at Sakura Urushitei; Email: sakura@urushitei.jp ; 19th & 26th at Sakura Honganji; Email: culture@kyotoryokan-sakura.com

Oct. 5-27
KYOTO EXPERIMENT (Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival)

Bouchra Ouizguen; Corbeaux; © Hasnae El Ouarga Compagnie O

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.

To see the full schedule of events, from visual arts to music to dance, and to purchase tickets visit: www.kyoto-ex.jp/2019/

Oct. 8-13
Kotobukikai Dance Show in Kamishichiken

At Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theatre; Annual autumn dance show performed by elegant geiko and maiko.

Reserved seats: 8,000 yen; From 16:00 (an additional show from 13:00 on 13th); www.maiko3.com

Oct. 10-13
Mizuekai Dance Show in Miyagawacho

At Miyagawacho Kaburenjo Theatre; Superb dance show performed by elegant geiko and maiko.

First seats: 8,000 yen, second seats: 4,000 yen; From 16:00 (and an additional show from 13:00 on 12th & 13th); www.miyagawacho.jp

Oct. 10-14
Autumn Konpira Festival

At Yasui Konpiragu Shrine; The enshrined deity will be transferred to the portable shrine from 20:00 on the 5th (no photo shooting permitted); On the 7th, a special prayer for world peace from 11:00; On the 8th, a final festival will be held to close this year's celebration from 9:00.

Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyama Yasui; www.yasui-konpiragu.or.jp

Oct. 11-13
Kyoto Antique Fair

At Kyoto Trade Fair Center (Pulse Plaza); 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.

10:00-17:00 (until 16:00 on 28th); Take Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3 from Subway Takeda Stn., get off at Pulse Plaza-mae; pulseplaza.jp/

Oct. 11-20
Lantern Viewing Party

At Torin-in Temple in the Myoshin-ji Temple Complex; This temple's garden is famous for its Sal tree; About 400 candles are lit in the hand-made lanterns and illuminate the white sand and garden-moss beautifully.

500 yen (additional 500 yen is required for a bowl of matcha green tea); 18:00-20:30 (doors closed); About 8-min. walk from JR Sagano Line Hanazono Stn.

Oct. 12-14
Mibu Kyogen

At Mibu Temple; Mibu Kyogen is an ancient form of silent theatre in which performers wearing special masks dance to the music of bells, drums and flutes; Six different plays will be performed each day between 13:00 and 17:30.

1,000 yen; Kyoto City Bus #26, get off at Mibudera-michi; www.mibudera.com

Oct. 14
Memorial Service for Dolls

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Hokyo-ji Temple; This temple is home to the dolls that belonged to successive imperial princesses; The general public also bring their old Japanese dolls and thank them; The reception is from 10:00 and the ceremony from 10:30; A dance performance by the tayu (highest ranked geisha) from the Shimabara district will also be featured.

10:30-12:00; Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Horikawa Teranouchi; www.hokyoji.net

Oct. 17-20
Suimeikai Dance Show in Pontocho

At Pontocho Kaburenjo Theatre; Fascinating dance show by geiko and maiko.

Reserved seats: 8,500 yen or 7,500 yen, non-reserved seat: 3,000 yen; From 16:00; www.kamogawa-odori.com

Oct. 18-20
Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi Pottery Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

In Yamashina; Many stalls near the major kilns in Yamashina will be selling all kinds of ceramic work at very reasonable prices; Hands-on pottery experience, live music performances and other events will also be staged.

9:00-17:00; A special shuttle bus service between Kyoto Stn. and the event venue will run all three days (departing every 15 min.); www.kiyomizuyaki.or.jp

Oct. 20
Saigu Procession

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Nonomiya Shrine and Togetsu-kyo Bridge In ancient times, the imperial family sent their princesses to Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture to serve as sacred shrine maidens. Nonomiya Shrine holds a reenactment of the priestess' departure for Ise called the Saigu Gyoretsu each year in the Arashiyama area. The procession departs from Nonomiya Shrine at noon and goes over the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and finally arrives at Arashiyama Port (at 13:30) where rituals and performances will be held.

Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Nonomiya; www.nonomiya.com; 9:00-17:00; A special shuttle bus service between Kyoto Stn. and the event venue will run all three days (departing every 15 min.); www.kiyomizuyaki.or.jp

Oct. 20
Kasagake Ritual; At Kamigamo Shrine

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

Kasagake, dating back about 800 years, is Japan's oldest horseback archery ritual (during which arrows are shot from a galloping horse); This fascinating & dynamic event begins at 13:00.

Kyoto City Bus #4, get off at Kamigamojinja-mae; www.kamigamojinja.jp

Oct. 20
Twenty-five Bosatsu Procession

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Sokujoin Temple in Sennyu-ji Temple; From 13:00, children wearing gorgeous masks of Buddha and Buddhist costumes will walk through the precinct with about 200 other participants.

1,000 yen (main hall); Kyoto City Bus #208, get off at Sennyuji-michi; www.negaigamatoe.com

Oct. 22
Kurama Fire Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

In Kurama; Men in traditional clothing walk up through the village straining under the weight of huge fire torches (5-6 meters long, weighing over 100 kg); Around 20:00, a group of cheering men race up the stairs to Yuki Shrine carrying a large mikoshi (portable shrine) to make the annual offering to the gods.

Eizan Railways Kurama Stn. (from Demachiyanagi Stn.); After 17:00, expect to wait in line and be packed in; It's best to go early and leave early.

Oct. 26
Jidai Matsuri Festival

© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

From Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine; This festival is one of Kyoto's three biggest festivals which started in 1895; A grand costume parade consisting of 2,000 people, about 2km in length, will move across the city.

Oct. 27-Nov. 3
Citizen's Tea Party

At Nijo Castle; In the beautiful Seiryu-en Garden, traditional tea ceremony will be hosted by two different schools; A great opportunity to enjoy green tea as well as view the Ninomaru Palace (National Treasure) and garden.

2,600 yen (entry to the castle and 2 tea ceremonies); 9:30-15:00; Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Nijojo-mae or Subway Tozai Line, Nijojo-mae Stn.; http://nijo-jocastle.city.kyoto.lg.jp/

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

Temple & Shrine Flea Markets


Oct. 5
Handicraft Market at Umekoji Park: 9:00-16:00

Oct. 6
Flea Market at To-ji Temple: 7:00-16:00

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

Oct. 12
Heian Rakuichi Market at Okazaki Park: 10:00-16:00

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

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

Oct. 25
Tenjin-san Flea Market at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine: 7:00-16:30

Oct. 26
Kyoto Okazaki Handicraft Marche: 11:00-17:00

Oct. 27
Kamigamo Handicraft Market at Kamigamo Shrine: 9:00-16:00