Events 2017 April

Events 2017 April, Okazaki Cherry Blossom Viewing Boat Ride,Flower Arrangement Festival,Kamo Kyokusui no En...and more.

  1. Every Day
    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
    Tel: 075-861-7444

    Every Day
    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.
    Tickets: ¥1,200
    Access: Subway Tozai Line, Keage Stn.
    Tel: 075-321-7696

    April 1-3
    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
    Tel: 075-781-9171

    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
    Tel: 075-861-0343

    April 3
    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.
    Entry: ¥400
    Access: Kyoto City Bus#206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi
    Tel: 075-551-1234

  2. April 4
    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.
    Admission free
    Access: Subway Karasuma Line, Marutamachi Stn.
    Tel: 075-441-5458

    April 7-9
    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.
    Entry: ¥500
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Daikakuji-mae
    Tel: 075-871-0071

    April 9
    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
    Tel: 075-781-0011

    April 9
    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.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #46, get off at Imamiya Jinja-mae
    Tel: 075-491-0082

    April 14
    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.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Horikawa Imadegawa
    Tel: 075-441-3810

    April 14-16
    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
    Tel: 075-623-0846

    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
    Tel: 075-761-0221

    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
    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.
    Admission free
    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.
    Entry: ¥800
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, 28, get off at Mibudera-michi
    Tel: 075-841-3381

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