Events 2017 August

Events 2017 August,Tanabata Star Festival Bamboo Decoration& Light-up at Kifune Shrine,Miyagawa-cho Beer Garden with Maiko and Geiko,Special Night-time Opening of Kodai-jiTemple...and more.

  1. Every Day
    Sagano Romantic Train Ride
    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 the tourist season).
    Tickets: ¥620 (one way)
    Access: JR Saga Arashiyama Stn.
    Tel: 075-861-7444 (Sagano Kanko Tetsudo)
    www.sagano-kanko.co.jp
     
    Every Day 
    Hozugawa Kudari River Boat Ride
    The Hozugawa Kudari is a river ride that goes from Kameoka to Arashiyama, Kyoto (about 16 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.
    Tel: 0771-22-5846 (Hozugawa Yusen Association)
    www.hozugawakudari.jp
     
    Until Aug. 15
    Tanabata Star Festival Bamboo Decoration & Light-up at Kifune Shrine
    The shrine precinct will be elegantly lit up during this time; People pray for their wishes to come true by writing them down on colorful strips of paper to hang on the tanabata bamboo tree.
    Admission free
    Sunset till 20:00 (until 21:00 on Sat., Sun. and national holidays)
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #17, get off at Demachiyanagiekimae and take Eizan Railway to Kibune-guchi Stn.
    Tel: 075-741-2016
    kifunejinja.jp
     
    Until Aug. 31
    Miyagawa-cho Beer Garden with Maiko and Geiko
    A special summertime beer garden will open at the Miyagawa-cho Kaburenjo Theatre, where people can enjoy beer and dining while watching elegant maiko and geiko dances on stage.
    18:00-19:30 (¥7,000/person for food + all-youcan- drink)
    20:00-21:30 (¥5,000/person for hors d’oeuvre + all you-can-drink)
    Closed: July 30 & Aug. 15-16
    Reservation required by phone;
    Tel: 075-561-1151 (10:00-16:00 Japanese only Miyagawa-cho Teahouse Association)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #207, get off at Shijo Keihan-mae
    www.miyagawacho.jp
     
    Until Sept. 23
    Ukai Cormorant Fishing in Arashiyama
    Ukai is a traditional fishing method in which cormorants (large diving birds) are used to catch sweet river fish, or ayu
    Tourists can watch the event either from the banks of the river or get a seat on a boat.
    Ticket: ¥1,800 (adults), ¥900 (4-12 years old)
    19:00-21:00
    Boat ride: 19:00 & 20:00
    No service on Aug. 16
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen
    Tel: 075-861-0302 (Arashiyama Tsusen)
    arashiyamayakatabune.com
     
    Aug. 1-18
    Special Night-time Opening of Kodai-ji Temple
    Kodai-ji Temple was founded by Nene, the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi (one of Japan's greatest samurai warlords), to commemorate his spirit
    Every summer, the temple holds a special night-time opening as a memorial service for Hideyoshi
    Special Tea Ceremony wearing Yukata event will be held on the night of Aug. 4, 5, 6 & 11, 12, 13 & 18 (a formal tea ceremony ¥3,000 or ¥2,500 for people dressed in yukata Reservation required by 16:00 of the previous day reception from 17:00-18:00).
    Evening entry: ¥600 (including entry to the Sho Museum)
    Sunset-21:30
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyama Yasui
    Tel:075-561-9966
    www.kodaiji.com


  2. Mitarashi & Tanabata Festival at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

    Aug. 5-11
    Kyo-no Tanabata Festival
    Kyoto’s popular annual summer event
    A wishing festival in tribute to July 7th on the lunar calendar, it will take place at two main venues along the Horikawa River and the Kamo River
    Various events will create a fantastic atmosphere during the celebration.
    Admission free
    Lit-up time: 19:00-21:30
    Kamogawa Venue: Keihan Line, get off at Gion Shijo Stn., Horikawa Venue: Subway Tozai Line, get off at Nijojo-mae Stn.
    Tel: 075-222-0839
    www.kyoto-tanabata.jp
     
    Aug. 5-16
    Mitarashi & Tanabata Festival at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
    People put their feet in the cool waters of the stream running through the shrine and pray for a healthy life
    Also participants are able to walk through “Stone Room” which is a sacred place connecting the deities and people on
    this special occasion.
    Entry: ¥300 (with candle; Entry to the Stone Room: ¥1,000)
    10:00-20:00
    Kyoto City Bus #50,get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae
    Tel: 075-461-0005
    kitanotenmangu.or.jp
     
    Aug. 5, 6 & 11-16 & 19, 20
    Summer Night Time Special Opening at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
    From 16:30, this amusement park’s film & TV set will be lit up at night, and many stalls will be lined up especially for families and couples to have great summer fun!
    A scary haunted house, ninja training hall and popular amusement attractions are all waiting for you too!
    Entry: ¥1,300 (Adults) ¥900 (13-18) ¥700 (3-12)
    17:00-21:00
    Access: JR Sagano Line,Uzumasa Stn. or Subway Tozai Line, Uzumasa Tenjingawa Stn.
    Tel:0570-06-4349
    www.toeieigamura.com
     
    Aug. 5, 6 & 11-16 & 19, 20, 26, 27
    Night Time Special Lit-up Garden at the Garden Museum Hiei
    Blooming with 100,000 blossoms every year, the Garden Museum is based on the theme of French impressionism and is beautifully lit-up throughout the summer months
    Located at the summit of Mt. Hiei, it offers an incredible view of both Lake Biwa and the City of Kyoto.
    Entry: ¥1,030 (adults) ¥515 (6-12)
    10:00-20:45(enter by 20:00)
    10:00-17:30 on other days (enter by 17:00)
    Access: Keihan Bus from Kyoto Stn. to Hiei Sancho Stn.
    Tel: 075-707-7733
    www.gardenmuseum-hiei.co.jp
     
    Aug. 6
    Summer Purification Ritual at Shimogamo Shrine
    From around 18:30, local men will compete to get a sacred arrow in the shrine’s Mitarashi pond
    It is said that the arrow can ward off evil and secure good health in the latter half of the year.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamo-Jinja-mae
    Tel: 075-781-0010
    www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp
     
    Aug. 7-10
    Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival
    This Pottery festival was started in the early Taisho period (1912-1926) and is now one of the biggest pottery festivals in Japan, with about 400,000 visitors each year
    About 400 stalls selling pottery will line both sides of Gojo Street between Higashioji and Gojo bridge.
    Admission free
    9:00-22:00
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #100, #206, #207, get off at Gojozaka or Keihan Railway, Kiyomizu Gojo Stn.
    www.toukimaturi.gr.jp
     
    Aug. 8-12 & 16
    Welcoming and Sending Off the Spirits at Senbon Shaka-do Temple
    People welcome the spirit of deceased family members between the 8th and the 12th and send them off to the Buddhist Pure Land again on 16th
    From 19:00 on 12th, the Senbon Rokusai Nenbutsu Buddhist stage performance will be held.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, get off at Kamishichiken
    Tel: 075-461-5973
    www.daihoonji.com


  3. Aug. 11-16
    Antique Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine
    At this popular event, many book dealers from Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Okayama will be selling more than 800,000 books: rare ones,old ones, foreign and more.
    Admission free
    10:00-17:30 (until 16:00 on the last day)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamo Jinja-mae
    Tel: 075-574-1897
     
    Aug. 14-16
    Kiyomizu Temple Yoi Mairi Night-tim Opening
    On these nights, the temple holds a special night-time opening where the public can have access to its main statue
    Special ceremony will be held from 14th-16th, at 11:00 & 20:00.
    Entry: ¥400
    18:30-21:00
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi
    Tel: 075-551-1234
    kiyomizudera.or.jp

     
    Aug. 11-16
    Antique Book Fair at Shimogamo Shrine
    At this popular event, many book dealers from Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Okayama will be selling more than 800,000 books: rare ones,old ones, foreign and more.
    Admission free
    10:00-17:30 (until 16:00 on the last day)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamo Jinja-mae
    Tel: 075-574-1897
     
    Aug. 14-16
    Kiyomizu Temple Yoi Mairi Night-tim Opening
    On these nights, the temple holds a special night-time opening where the public can have access to its main statue
    Special ceremony will be held from 14th-16th, at 11:00 & 20:00.
    Entry: ¥400
    18:30-21:00
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kiyomizu-michi
    Tel: 075-551-1234
    kiyomizudera.or.jp
     
    Aug. 16
    Arashiyama & Hirosawa Pond Paper Lantern Festival
    From 19:00 to 21:00, countless colored paper lanterns, each with a burning candle, will be released on the Oi River from Togetsu-kyo Bridge after a ceremony at Nakanoshima Park
    The paper lantern festival will also be held at the Hirosawa Pond (about 15 min.walk from JR Sagano Line, Saga Arashiyama Stn.)
    Both of these locations are also excellent for viewing the Torii-gata hillside sendoff fire.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen
    Tel: 080-5307-1060 (Saga Buddhist Association).
     
    Aug. 23 & 24
    Sento Memorial Service at Adashino Nenbutsu-ji Temple
    From 17:30 to 20:30, hundreds of lanterns are lit around the roughly 8,000 stone monuments and statues in this temple
    precinct, which in ancient times was the site of a large graveyard.
    Entry: ¥1,000
    Access: Kyoto Bus #72, get off at Toriimoto
    Tel:075-861-2221
    www.nenbutsuji.jp
     
    Aug. 27
    Saga Emperor Festival at Umenomiya Taisha Shrine
    To commemorate the many works that were achieved by Emperor Saga, many traditional events will be held at this shrine
    Sumo wrestling by boys from 9:30, minimusic concert performed by local schools (from 16:00) and the festival highlight of the Rokusai Nenbutsu dance (from 19:00) will be performed
    Many stalls are lined up in the precincts from the afternoon, creating a festive mood.
    Admission free (entry to the shrine: ¥550)
    Ceremony starts from 8:30
    Access: Kyoto City Bus#3, 28, 29, 71, get off at Umenomiya Jingu-mae
    Tel: 075-861-2730
    www.umenomiya.or.jp



The information on this site is reprinted from the August 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.07.26

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