Events 2017 February

Events 2017 February, Kodai-ji Temple Night Time Tea Ceremony Tour, Hoshi Matsuri Fire Ceremony, Baika-sai Plum Blossom Viewing Festival at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine...and more.

  1. Every Day
    Hozugawa Kudari Boat Ride
    The Hozugawa Kudari is a river ride that goes from Kameoka to Arashiyama,
    Kyoto (about 16km 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).
    Tickets: ¥4,100
    Access: An 8-min. walk from the north exit of JR Sagano Line Kameoka Stn. Hozugawa Yusen Association
    Tel: 0771-22-5846

    Fri., Sat., Sun. until Mar. 5
    Kodai-ji Temple Night Time Tea Ceremony Tour
    Kodai-ji Temple was founded by Nene, the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, to commemorate his spirit
    Visitors can enjoy a fine bowl of green tea overlooking an excellent Japanese garden
    The tour includes tea ceremony, entry to the garden and a Japanese dinner (the tour lasts about 3 hours)
    Reservation required.
    Tickets: ¥6,000 (reservation required by the previous day)
    Reception: 17:00-18:00
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyama Yasui
    Tel: 075-561-9966

    Every day until Mar. 12
    Winter Festival at Toei Kyoto Studio Park
    Come and experience all kinds of ninja shows and trainings, including a powerful Ninja Show with 3D projection mapping
    Also,visitors have a chance to learn a Japanese sword fight from the specially trained staff and there will be a“Shriken (throwing star) throwing highscore contest” every day until Feb. 22
    Many more fun and exciting amusement attractions are all waiting for you!
    Entry: ¥2,200 (Adults) ¥1,300 (13-18) ¥1,100(3-12)
    9:30-16:30 (until 20:00 on Sat., Sun. & nat'l holidays)
    Access: JR Sagano Line,Uzumasa Stn. or Subway Tozai Line, Uzumasa Tenjingawa Stn.
    Tel: 0570-06-4349

    Feb. 1 & 3
    Yutate Ritual at Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine
    The holy water taken from the precinct will be boiled in a big iron pot and offered to the deity
    A miko, a shrine maiden, holding a bamboo shoot will scatter boiling water from the large iron pot swiftly around the area, to dispel bad spirits and pray for good health for the year.
    Admission free
    Ritual starts from 12:00
    Take cable car from Yawata Stn., Keihan Line
    Tel: 075-981-3001

    Feb. 8
    Hari Kuyo Services for Pins & Needles at Kokuzo Horin-ji Temple
    This temple enshrines the deity of needle work and entertainment
    On this day,professional seamstresses and housewives stick their used needles in a slab of rubbery jelly
    Prayers are said at 13:00
    Ama-saké (Japanese sweet saké) will be offered.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen
    Tel: 075-862-0013

  2. Hoshi Matsuri Fire Ceremony

    Feb. 10-13
    Hatsu Uma Daikon Radish Ceremony at Sanzen-in Temple
    A boiled white radish organically grown in the Ohara area will be offered to visitors free of charge on these days
    Prayers for health and good luck will be offered from 9:00.
    Entry: ¥700
    Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18, get off at Ohara
    Tel: 075-744-2531

    Feb. 11
    Kigen-sai Festival at Kamigamo Shrine
    In the old days, the day was called Kigen-setsu and was the first regnal year of the Emperor Kanmu
    This festival is to commemorate the coronation and a children’s karate performance (from around 10:15) and an ancient style soccer game (from around 11:00) will be held in the precinct.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #46,get off at Kamigamo Jinja-mae

    Feb. 11
    Rice Porridge Offering at Jonan-gu Shrine
    On this day, to pray for health and longevity,rice porridge with seven different kinds of Japanese spring herbs will be offered (10:00-16:00 \500 per bowl).
    Entry to the garden: ¥600
    Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2,3 from Subway Karasuma Line,Takeda Stn. to Jonangu Higashiguchi

    Feb. 11
    Hoshi Matsuri Fire Ceremony
    This festival is held every year on Feb.11th at Agon Shu’s main temple grounds in Yamashina
    The all-day ceremonies pray both for world peace and for the peace of both the living and deceased.
    Admission free
    Access: Take bus at Kyoto Station, Hachijo-guchi exit, every 15 min.,direct to site (about 20 min; ¥300)
    Tel: 075-761-1141

    Feb. 12
    Hatsu Uma Festival at Fushimi Inari Shrine
    This grand festival is held from 8:00
    The festival is based on the legend that the shrine deity, Inari (protector of grains, especially rice, and thus wealth/business in general),descended from heaven to the top of Mt.Inari
    On this day, people pray for success in business and a healthy family life.
    Admission free
    Access: JR Nara Line, Inari Stn. or Keihan Railways Main Line, Fushimi Inari Stn.
    Tel: 075-641-7331

  3. Feb. 18
    Nento-sai Festival at Kamigamo Shrine
    This festival is based on the recreation of an ancient ceremony that Heian-period aristocrats held to welcome spring
    The ceremony starts from 14:00.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #46, get off at Kamigamo Jinja-mae
    Tel: 075-781-0011

    Feb. 18-Mar. 22
    Weeping Plum Blossoms and Camellia Festival at Jonan-gu Shrine
    In the shrine’s vast Rakusui-en garden,more than 150 weeping plum trees create a beautiful contrast of red and white
    Also 300 camellia trees will be in bloom in Feb. and Mar.
    Entry: ¥600
    Access: Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3 from Subway Karasuma Line,Takeda Stn. to Jonangu Higashi-guchi
    Tel: 075-623-0846

    Feb. 23
    Godai Rikison Ninno-e at Daigo-ji Temple
    In this amazing competition, people compete to lift enormous mochi rice cakes
    Men 150 kg,and women 90 kg- starting around noon.
    Admission free
    Access: A 10-min. walk from Daigo Stn. on the Subway Tozai Line
    Tel: 075-571-0002

    Feb. 23
    Godai Rikisan at Juntei-do Hall in Sekizenin Temple
    Sekizen-in Temple is one of the sub-temples of Shogo-in Temple
    On just one day every year,Five Forceful Bodhisattvas are displayed to the public
    Worship led by yamabushi (mountain hermits) held from 13:00
    Free soup made from a saké lees base will be served.
    Admission free
    Access:Kyoto City Bus # 206, get off at Kumano Jinjamae

    Feb. 25
    Baika-sai Plum Blossom Viewing Festival at Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
    This huge outdoor tea ceremony (from 10:00-15:00), performed by the geiko and maiko, is very popular
    Whipped matcha green tea and a sweet for ¥1,500 (including entry to the treasury hall)
    The beautiful plum garden here will also be specially open to the public from early Feb. to end of March (¥700 with tea and sweet).
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae

  4. Attention!!
     Expect major traffic congestion during the Kyoto Marathon on Feb. 19
    Due to the Kyoto Marathon 2017, major traffic restrictions will be in place all over the city on Feb. 19th.
    Many large streets will be closed off during key stages of the race and this will severely affect travel in the city.
    Many key bus lines will either shut down or use alternate routes.
    If you are in the city that day, be sure to plan wisely!

The information on this site is reprinted from the February 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.01.24