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April 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


Meet the Elegant and Wondrous World of Geiko and Maiko

The 68th Kyo Odori

Spring is the special time that visitors fortunately have an opportunity to appreciate the elegant dance shows of the four Kagai (geiko/maiko districts in Kyoto). Attend one or more of these wonderful dance shows by geiko and maiko this month, and be infatuated with their beauty...


Mar. 25 - April 7
The 66th Kitano Odori at Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theatre

Tickets: 4,800 yen with matcha green tea, 4,300 yen without tea: From 13:30 & 16:00; Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, 101, get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae or Kamishichiken; www.maiko3.com


April 1 - 24
Miyako Odori at Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza

Tickets: 4,600 yen (special seats), 3,500 yen (first seat); Closed: April 10th & 17th: From 12:30, 14:20, 16:10; Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 ''Kamihate-cho Kyoto Zokei Geidaimae''; www.miyako-odori.jp


April 1 - 16
The 69th Kyo Odori at Miyagawacho Kaburenjo Theatre

Tickets: 4,800 yen (special seats with matcha green tea), 4,200 yen (special seats without tea); 2,800 yen (2nd seat with matcha green tea); 2,200 yen (2nd seat without tea): From 12:30, 14:30 & 16:30; Matcha service opens about 30 min. before the show only; Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Kawaramachi Matsubara; www.miyagawacho.jp

Pick Up Event 2


April 18-23
Antique Interior Fabric Event at Sakuradanicho 47 Gallery


Handmade designer soft furnishings by OhBee, created using century old Japanese silks.
Open: Wed - Mon 11:00-18:00.

Sakuradanicho 47 Gallery: 43-3 Shishigatani Sakuradanicho,Kyoto, 606-8423: Located near the Philosopher's path (Tetsugaku no michi).






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 tourist season).

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


Every Day
Hozu River Boat Ride


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

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


Every Day
Fushimi Jukkoku-bune Boat Ride

At Fushimi's Uji River; Jukkoku-bune used to carry foods and passengers on the Yodo River in the Edo period; The boat tour takes about 55-min. and goes past willow trees and sake breweries.

1,200 yen; 10:00-16:20; Please check for the schedule; Access: Kintetsu Line, Momoyama goryo-mae Stn., or Keihan Line, Chushojima Stn.; Tel: 075-623-1030; kyoto-fushimi.or.jp/ship/


Until April 7
The 66th Kitano Odori

At Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theatre; An annual dance performance by the maiko and geiko of the Kamishichiken district.

4,800 yen with matcha green tea, 4,300 yen without tea; From 13:30 & 16:00; Kyoto City Bus #50, 101, get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae; www.maiko3.com


Until May 6
Cherry Blossom Viewing Boat Ride

On Okazaki Canal; Small boat will take visitors along a canal under the cherry blossoms; Depart from the Nanzen-ji Temple boat park (in front of Biwako Sosui Memorial Museum); Between 9:30 and 16:30; From 8:00 and until 20:30 from Mar. 30 to April 10.

1,200 yen; Subway Tozai Line, Keage Stn.; kyoto-tabi.or.jp/events/jkkfn/_en/


Until May 25
Spring Special Opening of Temple Treasure House

At To-ji Temple; Famous temple headquarters exhibits its Mikkyo (esoteric Buddhist) mandala art; Temple's treasury hall will be open to the public.

500 yen (Treasury Hall); 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Kintetsu Kyoto Line ''To-ji'' or Kyoto City Bus #16, 17, 42, 78, get off at Toji Nanmon-mae; www.toji.or.jp


April 1, 7 & 8
Saga Dai Nenbutsu Kyogen


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Seiryo-ji Temple; The Buddhist monk Enkaku started this nenbutsu kyogen in the hope of seeing his deceased mother again; One of the three most important theatre performances in Kyoto.

Nenbutsu kyogen theatre performances start at 13:30, 14:30, 15:30; Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Saga Shakado-mae.


April 1-16
The 69th Kyo Odori

At Miyagawacho Kaburenjo Theatre; An annual dance performance by maiko and geiko of the Miyagawacho district.

Tickets: 4,800 yen (special seats with matcha green tea), 4,200 yen (special seats without tea): From 12:30, 14:30 & 16:30; Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Kawaramachi Matsubara; www.miyagawacho.jp


April 1-24
Miyako Odori

At Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza; An annual dance performance by maiko and geiko of the Gion Kobu district; Held at the Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza (in the Kyoto University of Art and Design).

Tickets: 4,600 yen (special seats), 3,500 yen (first seat); Closed: April 10th & 17th: From 12:30, 14:20, 16:10; Access: Kyoto City Bus #5 ''Kamihatecho Kyoto Zokei Geidaimae''; miyako-shunjuza.jp


April 1-May 27
Spring Special Opening of Temple Treasure House

At Ninna-ji Temple; Founded in 888, the temple used to be Omuro Imperial Palace and is listed as a World Heritage Site; Omuro Sakura cherry will be in full bloom around mid-April.

500 yen; 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Kyoto City Bus #26, get off at Omuro Ninnaji Stop; www.ninnaji.jp


April 3
Seiryu-e Dragon Parade


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Kiyomizu Temple; From 14:00, a large blue dragon, this temple's symbol (and the guardian of the east side of Kyoto), is paraded through the temple area accompanied by a large number of participants in traditional clothing.

400 yen; Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi; www.kiyomizudera.or.jp


April 4
Go-o Taisai Festival


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Go-o Shrine; April 4th is the day on which the person enshrined as the deity passed away; The ceremony starts at 11:00.

Subway Karasuma Line, Marutamachi Stn.; www.gooujinja.or.jp


April 8
Kamo Kyokusui-no En


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Kamigamo Shrine; In this shrine's classic Japanese style garden, participants dress in gorgeous Heianperiod costumes and play an elegant poetry reading game along the stream (from 13:00); Traditional music will be performed along with an outdoor tea ceremony.

1,000 yen (with matcha green tea for the first 500 visitors); Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Kamigamo Misonobashi; www.kamigamojinja.jp


April 8
Yasurai Festival


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Imamiya Shrine; Originally began as a ritual to pray for vanquishing disease and keeping good health; Participants of all ages along with children dance and chant together bearing big flower decorated umbrellas.

Kyoto City Bus #46, get off at Imamiya Jinja-mae; www.imamiyajinja.org


April 13-15
Hoyoke Taisai Festival

At Jonan-gu Shrine; Jonan-gu Shrine is well known as the home of the deity for avoiding calamities arising from the four compass directions; The festival starts from 9:00 and continues until 16:00; Some traditional folk entertainment will be performed at 10:40 and 13:40.

600 yen for entering the garden; Subway Karasuma Line Takeda Stn., and take Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3, get off at Jonangu Higashiguchi; www.jonangu.com


April 13-16
Ikenobo Ikebana Spring Exhibition and Rokkakudo Temple Illumination

At Rokkaku-do Temple; Over 1,000 ikebana arrangements by teachers and students of Ikenobo School exhibited at the Ikenobo Headquarters; Rokkaku-do Temple will be beautifully illuminated by lanterns in the evening (April 13-15; 18:00-21:00).

500 yen; 10:00-18:00 (until 16:00 on the 16th); Subway Karasuma Oike Stn. (Exit 5); www.ikenobo.jp


April 14 - May 13
KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival


Izumi Miyazaki, riceball mountain, 2016 © 2016 IzumiMiyazaki

Presenting various exhibitions centered around the theme ''UP'', all shown in iconic Kyoto venues including Kenninji-ji Temple and the Museum of Kyoto.

For more info and to view the full schedule, please check their website: www.kyotographie.jp


April 14
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.

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


April 15 & 16
Reisai Annual Festival


© Takayoshi Horiuchi (Staff for one)

At Heian Shrine; The most important annual event of the shrine celebrating the accession ceremony day held in 781 of Emperor Kanmu; On the 16th, various ceremonies will be held including a traditional Japanese music concert, dances by maiko and geiko and a tea offering ceremony to the deity, etc.

From 10:00; Kyoto City Bus #5, get off at Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan, Heian Jingumae; www.heianjingu.or.jp


April 22
Inari Shinko Festival

At Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine; Once a year, the deity of this shrine is transported to an area a little north of the main shrine complex; The Shinko Festival starts at 11:00; Five mikoshi portable shrines are carried in a procession to the Otabisho resting place near Kyoto Station.

JR Nara Line Inari Stn. or Keihan Fushimi Inari Stn.; inari.jp


April 23-25
Memorial Service for Monk Honen

At Chion-ji Temple; This is the place where Monk Honen was born; To commemorate his spirit, a unique prayer ceremony is held by making a large circle and passing a big rosary from one worshipper to the next.

Kyoto City Bus #203, 206, get off at Hyakumanben; hyakusan.jp


April 28-29
SAKE Spring

At Kyoto International Conference Center Event Hall; The biggest Sake festival in Kyoto!; Enjoy tasting prestigious sake and wonderful foods from Kyoto and Nara.

11:00-19:00 (until 18:00 on 29th); Advance ticket from 2,000 yen; Online ticket reservation: taiken.onozomi.com/sakesp/en/ ; A 5-min. walk from Subway Kokusaikaikan Stn.


April 29
Kyokusui-no Utage

At Jonan-gu Shrine; From 14:00, participants dressed in gorgeous Heian period kimono sit along a stream and play an ancient poetry writing game; Traditional dance will also be performed on this day.

Subway Karasuma Line Takeda Stn., and take Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3, get off at Jonangu Higashi-guchi; www.jonangu.com


April 29-May 5
Mibu Kyogen

At Mibu Temple; The Buddhist Saint Enkaku used Buddhist sutras in special theatre plays to spread Buddhism to the people; The plays are performed between 13:00 and 17:30; Five of 30 kyogen plays are performed each day.

1,000 yen; Kyoto City Bus #26, 28, get off at Mibudera-michi; www.mibudera.com/






Temple & Shrine Flea Markets



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April 1
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.


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


April 15
Chion-ji Temple: Kyoto's biggest handicraft market; An absolutely amazing range of handmade items and incredible prices too!; 8:00-16:00.


April 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.


April 22
Kamigamo Shrine: Handicrafts, arts, food, and more; 9:00-16:00.


April 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.


April 28
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.



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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