Events 2017 April
Events 2017 April, Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing Boat Ride,Flower Arrangement Festival,Kamo Kyokusui no En...and more.
Sagano Romantic Train Ride
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 National holidays and tourist season).
Tickets: ¥620 (one way)
Access: JR Sagano Line, Saga Arashiyama Stn. Sagano Kanko Tetsudo
Hozugawa Kudari River Boat Ride
The Hozugawa Kudari is a river ride that goes from Kameoka to Arashiyama,
Kyoto (about16 km in 2 hours) along a stunning river gorge with rapids and 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.
Tickets: ¥4,100, ¥2,700 (4-12 years old)
Access: An 8-min. walk from the north exit of JR Sagano Line Kameoka Stn.
Hozugawa Yusen Association: Tel: 0771-22-5846
Mar. 25-May 7
Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing Boat Ride
This traditional water tour, on one of two small boats, will take visitors along a canal route that is famous for cherry blossom viewing
These special tour boats depart from the Nanzen-ji Temple boat park (in front of Biwako Sosui Memorial Museum)
29 boat tours each day, between 9:30 and 16:30 (boat departs every 15-60 min.)
From 8:00 and until 20:30 from Mar.25-April 9 for early morning and night-time boat ride.
Access: Subway Tozai Line, Keage Stn.
Special Temple Treasure Opening & Spring Event at Chion-ji Temple
Special temple treasure opening (Shakado Hall & Amida-do Hall, valuable cultural properties),tea ceremony by the Urasenke tea master, Randy Channell SOEI. Music concertin in the beautiful white gravel garden white gravel garden with the magnificent view of cherry blossoms (11:00, 13:00, 15:00)
Admission: ¥1,000 (additional ¥500 for Randy’s tea ceremony)
Access: Kyoto City Bus#203, 206, get off at Hyakumanben
April 2, 8 & 9
Saga Dai Nenbutsu Kyogen at Seiryo-ji Temple
The Buddhist monk Enkaku started this nenbutsu kyogen in the hope of seeing his deceased mother again
These silent plays are unique and one of the three most important theatre performances in Kyoto.
Admission free; Nenbutsu kyogen theatre performances start at 13:30, 14:30, 15:30
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Saga Shakado-mae
Seiryu-e at Kiyomizu Temple
The grand parade for this colorful event starts 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.
Access: Kyoto City Bus#206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi
Go-o Taisai Festival at Go-o Shrine
The festival is based on an old legend related to the deity of the shrine
April 4th is the day on which the person enshrined as the deity passed away
The ceremony starts at 11:00.
Access: Subway Karasuma Line, Marutamachi Stn.
Flower Arrangement Festival at Daikaku-ji Temple
The event was started in ancient times to commemorate the spirit of Emperor Saga
The flower arrangement festival is held between 10:00 and 16:00
Many original ikebana flower arrangements will be on display
participation in a Tea Ceremony will be offered (for an additional fee), and various food and fun stalls will be set up.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Daikakuji-mae
Kamo Kyokusui no En at Kamigamo Shrine
In this shrine’s classic Japanese style garden,participants dress in gorgeous Heian-period
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.
Entry: ¥1,000 (with matcha green tea for the first 500 visitors)
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Kamigamo Misonobashi
Yasurai Festival at Imamiya Shrine
This festival is one out of the three most mysterious festivals in Kyoto that 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.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #46, get off at Imamiya Jinja-mae
Spring Annual Festival at Shiramine Shrine
From around 11:30, kemari, a traditional ballkicking game, will be played by participants dressed in ancient court costumes.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Horikawa Imadegawa
Hoyoke Taisai Festival at Jonan-gu Shrine
Jonan-gu Shrine is well known as the home of the deity for avoiding calamities arising from compass directions; People thank the deity so that they can avoid evil
The Hoyoke Taisai Festival is on from 9:00 until 16:00
Some traditional folk entertainment will be performed at 10:40 and 13:40
Free sweet sake will be offered to all who attend.
Entry for the garden: ¥600
Access: Subway Karasuma Line Takeda Stn., and take Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3, get off at Jonangu Higashiguchi
April 15 & 16
Heian Shrine Reisai Annual Festival
This is the most important annual event of the shrine celebrating the accession ceremony day held in 781 of Emperor Kanmu who is the deity of the shrine
The related prayer ceremony will be held on the 15th
On the 16th, various ceremonies will be held including a traditional Japanese mini-music concert, dances by maiko and geiko from 4 kagai districts and a tea offering ceremony to the deity, etc.
Admission free; From 10:00
Access:Kyoto City Bus #5, get off at Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan, Heian Jingumae
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
The first person floats a sake cup on the stream
The next person along the stream creates a poem before the cup reaches him/her
Traditional dance will also be performed on this day.
Access: Subway Karasuma Line Takeda Stn., and take Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3, get off at Jonangu Higashi-guchi
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; Mibu kyogen has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Culture form by the national government
The plays are performed between 13:00 and 17:30
Five of 30 kyogen plays are performed each day.
Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, 28, get off at Mibudera-michi
The information on this site is reprinted from the April 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.03.28
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