Traditional Kyoto Events by Season
Full Moon Viewing on Osawa Pond
Boat ride, tea ceremony and even a harp concert for you to make the most of the full moon viewing autumn tradition (September 19-21)
Comb Festival at Yasui Konpira Shrine
Kyoto shows off its best hairstyles using traditional combs. Find your own style!
Jidai Matsuri Festival
Large, colorful parade, celebrating the long history of Kyoto, in reverse chronological order, from Meiji Restoration (1868) to Heian Era (781).
Kyoto Hanatouro Street Lighting
A 5km route lined with 2,500 traditional lanterns, special flower arrangements and other attractions including a bamboo forest (December 14-23).
New Year Calligraphy at Tenmangu
Pick your Japanese word for the new year and watch Kyogen plays at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, which honors Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician from the Heian era.
Setsubun Bean Throwing Traditions
On the last day of winter, to scare away bad spirits and bring good fortune in, people throw soybeans around the homes and eat the number of "fuku mame"(fortune soybeans) equivalent to one's age (February 2).
Dress up in traditional Japanese wear and watch the first flowers of spring at the Plum Blossom Viewing Festival at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine (February 25th), performed by geishas and maikos.
Mochi Lifting Competition
Mochi Rice Cake Lifting Competition at Daigo Temple: certainly not a piece of cake with pieces weighting as much as 150 kilograms (February 23rd).
Dragon Parade at Kiyomizu Temple
Watch Seiryu, the sacred green dragon going on its annual parade at the famous Kyomizu temple. (March 15-17, April 3rd)
Bonfire Noh Theater at Heian Temple
Takigi Noh is a night-time Noh performance. The stage is lit by bofires and three major Noh schools (Kanze, Kongo, Okura) perform during the two days of the event (June 1-2)
Gion Festival takes place throughout the month of July in Kyoto's Gion district. The festivities peak during the Yamaboko Junkō parade on July 17th. The best time to show off your traditional Japanese wear while walking along the lively streets.
Daimonji Mountain Fire Ritual
This fiery ritual celebrates Obon, a major Japanese festival which honors one's ancestors. The fires lit on 5 mountains are meant to guide the souls of the dead back to the Buddhist Pure Land. (August 16th)
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