Events 2017 July

Events 2017 July,Mitoshiroe Ritual at Kamigamo Shrine,anabata Festival at Shiramine Jingu Shrine,Kifune Water Festival at Kifune Shrine...and more.

  1. Tanabata Festival at Shiramine Jingu Shrine

    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 national holidays and tourist season).
    Entry: ¥620 (one way)
    Access: JR Sagano Line, Arashiyama Stn.
    Tel: 075-861-7444 (Sagano Kanko Tetsudo)
    Every Day
    Hozugawa Kudari River Run
    The Hozugawa Kudari is a river ride that goes from Kameoka to Arashiyama, Kyoto (about 16 km in 2 hours) along a tunning 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)
    July 1
    Mitoshiroe Ritual at Kamigamo Shrine
    During the ritual (from 10:00), farmers pray for the removal of harmful insects in their rice paddies
    After the ritual, from 18:00, noh and kyogen performances by Kanze and Okura Schools are held at Chono-ya Hall (¥4,000).
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, #46 get off at Kamigamo-jinja-mae
    July 7
    Tanabata Festival at Shiramine Jingu Shrine
    Kemari, a traditional ball-kicking game, will be played by people dressed in ancient court costumes after the ceremony from 15:00
    From 16:00, girls dressed in colorful kimono will perform a group dance.
    Admission free
    The ceremony starts at 13:30
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Horikawa Imadegwa
    Tel: 075-441-3810
    July 7
    Kifune Water Festival at Kifune Shrine
    During this ritual, prayers are offered to the Deity of Rain
    Traditional tea ceremony service will be offered (¥3,000; 10:00-12:00)
    From July 1 to Aug. 15, an elegant night time scene is created with lanterns in the shrine precinct until around 20:00.
    Admission free
    from 10:00
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #4, get off at Demachiyanagi eki-mae
    and take Eizan Railway to Kibune-guchi Stn.

  2. Mitarashi Festival at Shimogamo Shrine

    July 8 & 9
    Tanabata Festival at Kodai-ji Temple
    A big, colorfully decorated bamboo tree is set in the temple precincts
    After sunset, the temple will be beautifully lit up until 21:30.
    Entry: ¥600
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Higashiyama Yasui
    July 8 & 22
    Sake Tasting Night at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei/Honganji
    The host, Mr. Davidson, will lead participants into the unknown Sake World and share ideas on how to enjoy tasting sake to its utmost.
    Tickets: ¥2,000
    Reservation required
    8th at Sakura Urushitei
    22nd at Sakura Honganj
    July 9-12
    Pottery Commemorative Ceremony and Market at Senbon Shaka-do Temple
    During this festival, people offer thanks for the pottery they are using in their daily lives (ceremony is from 14:00 on the 10th)
    A lively pottery market is held in the temple precincts during the festivities.
    Admission free
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #50, get off at Kamishichiken
    July 16
    Onda Festival at Matsuno-o Shrine
    This is a long-inherited ritual to pray for a rich harvest
    Three women holding paddy rice are carried on men’s shoulders in a circle three times around the precinct
    Summer vegetables will be offered to the deity as well.
    Admission free
    Ritual starts 10:00
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Matsuno-o Taisha-mae
    July 22-30
    Mitarashi Festival at Shimogamo Shrine
    In the popular Mitarashi Festival, people put their feet in the cool waters of the stream running through the shrine and pray for a healthy life.
    Entry: ¥300 (charge for the candle)
    5:30-21:00(from 9:00 on 22nd)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamojinja-mae

  3. Sat., Sun., & Nat’l Holidays between July 22-Aug. 27
    Night Time Special Lit-up Garden at The Garden Museum Hiei
    Located at the summit of Mt. Hiei, the garden offers an incredible view of both Lake Biwa and the city of Kyoto
    During summer months,the garden will be beautifully lit-up.
    Entry: ¥1,030
    10:00-20:45 (enter by 20:00)
    until 17:00 on weekdays
    Access: Keihan Bus from Kyoto Stn. or Keihan Sanjo, get off at Hiei Sancho bus stop
    Tel: 075-707-7733
    July 24 & 25
    Cucumber Purification at Gochizan Rengeji Temple
    In this ceremony, people write their names and ages on a cucumber; It is believed that an illness can be overcome by first rubbing the cucumber on the body and then burying it in the ground.
    Entry: ¥1,000 (including a prayer & cucumber)
    24th: 12:00-20:00,
    25th: 6:00-18:00
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #26, get off at Omuro Ninnaji
    Tel: 075-462-5300
    July 25
    Temple Treasure Airing at Shinnyo-do Temple
    A special ceremony is held and roughly 200 of the temple’s treasures are aired out and displayed to the public
    Biwa (loquat) tea is served free of charge throughout the day.
    Entry: ¥500; 9:00-15:00 (cancelled in case of rain)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #5, get off at Shinnyodo-mae
    Tel: 075-771-0915
    July 28
    Hi-watari Fire-walking Festival at Tanukidani Fudo-in Temple
    After the ceremony (from around 19:00), yamabushi or mountain monks will walk on fire with bare feet
    The ritual is to pray for good health, and visitors can try the fire walking as well.
    Admission free
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #5, get off at Ichijo Sagarimatsu-cho
    Tel: 075-722-0025
    July 29
    Gagaku Music Concert at Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei
    After the Obanzai meal party (18:00-19:00), a special concert featuring gagaku (Japanese ancient court music) will be held from 19:00.
    Tickets: ¥2,500 (¥1,500 for 6-12 years children)
    Reservation required at Tel: 075-343-0003 or E-mail:
    July 31
    Sennichi Mairi Thousand-time Shrine Visit at Atago Shrine
    On the night of the 31st, many people walk up Mt. Atago to visit Atago Shrine (home to the Deity of Fire Protection)
    It is believed that a shrine visit on this night is equivalent to 1,000 visits
    A special ceremony at the shrine begins at 21:00.
    Admission free
    Access:Kyoto Bus #72, 74, get off at Kiyotaki
    Tel: 075-861-0658

The information on this site is reprinted from the July 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.06.22