Events 2017 March

Events 2017 March, Weeping Plum Blossoms and Camellia Festival,Doll Exhibition,Hina Matsuri Festival,Amagoi Festival...and more.

  1. Hina Matsuri Festival at Ichihime Shrine

    Until 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
    Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3 from Subway Karasuma Line,Takeda Stn. to Jonangu Higashi-guchi
    Tel: 075-623-0846
    Until April 3
    Doll Exhibition at Hokyo-ji Temple
    The girl’s celebration, the Hina Matsuri Ceremony, will be held from 11:00-11:30 on March 1st (reservation required)
    During the exhibition period, many kinds of Japanese dolls in the collection from small sized to life-sized dolls will be displayed in a traditional atmosphere.
    Entry: ¥600
    10:00-16:00 (entry until 15:30  from12:00 on Mar. 1st)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Horikawa Teranouchi
    Tel: 075-451-1550
    From Mar. 1
    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 tourist season).
    Tickets: ¥620 (one way)
    Access: JR Sagano Line Saga Arashiyama Stn. Sagano Kanko Tetsudo
    Tel: 075-861-7444
    Mar. 3
    Nagashi Bina at Shimogamo Shrine
    From 10:00, after a special ceremony, people release small hina dolls made of straw in a stream in the shrine precinct to pray for the health of all girls.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Shimogamo-jinja-mae
    Tel:075-761-3460 (Kyoto Doll Association)
    Mar. 3
    Hina Matsuri Festival at Ichihime Shrine
    A dance performance, juni hitoe (12-layer kimono) dressing demonstration, and tea service will also be featured (13:00-16:00)
    The most fun part of the festival is that actual people wear the Heian-period costumes representing a Hina Ningyo dolls set (from around 15:00)
    You can try on these olden day costumes as well.
    Ticket ¥2,000 (entry to the shrine, amulet and special tea included)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #17, 205, get off at Kawaramachi Shomen
    Tel: 075-361-2775
    *Please note that some areas are off-limits in the precinct.

  2. Mar. 3
    Shunto-e (Momo-no-Hoe) at Sanjusangendo Temple
    The master of the Ikenobo (flower arrangement) School visits the temple and offers flowers to the deity
    A special amulet only sold on this day called the “peach amulet,” will be available.
    Admission free (generally ¥600); 9:00-15:30
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #100, 206, 208, get off at Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae
    From Mar. 10
    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 of rapids with wonderful mountain views
    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. 10
    Geino Jotatsu Kigan Festival at Kokuzo Horin-ji Temple
    The special ceremony for this event starts from 13:00
    A kyogen theatre performance by the Shigeyama Chuzaburo Family will also be held on this day
    The deity of this shrine is the God of Arts and many people visit the temple to pray for the improvement of their art and performance skills.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Arashiyama Koen
    Tel: 075-862-0013
    Mar. 15
    Saga Dai Nenbutsu Kyogen & Otaimatsu Fire Ritual at Seiryoji Temple
    Together with the Nehan-e ceremony, a massive otaimatsu torch lighting ritual will be held from around 20:00 which is said to reproduce the scene of when Buddha passed away
    The Saga Shaka Nenbutsu Kyogen play is one of Kyoto’s three largest religious performances held 3 times on this day (15:30/17:00/18:30).
    Entry: ¥400 (free at night time)
    Access: Kyoto Bus #71, 72, get off at Saga Shakado-mae
    Tel: 075-861-0343

  3. Mar. 17
    Kokei-ki at Daisen-in Temple in Daitoku-ji Temple
    This ceremony (9:30-15:30) is a memorial event for the monk Kokei who was a close friend of
    Sen no Rikyu, the founder of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony; A matcha green tea service will also be available on this day.
    Entry: ¥400; (matcha green tea: ¥1,000)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Daitokuji-mae
    Tel: 075-491-8346
    Mar. 24-26
    Kyoto Antique Fair at Pulse Plaza
    This is the largest antique market in western Japan
    More than 350 antique dealers will gather from all over Japan offering over 1.5 million Japanese and western antique goods.
    Admission free
    10:00-17:00 (until 16:00 on the last day)
    Access: Take Kyoto City Bus Minami #1, 2, 3 from Subway Takeda Stn. and get off at Pulse Plaza-mae
    Tel: 075-522-3843
    Free shuttle bus service available from Takeda Stn.
    Mar. 25-April 7
    Kitano Odori at Kamishichiken Kaburenjo Theatre
    The Kitano Odori is an annual dance performance by the maiko and geiko of the Kamishichiken district
    This annual event officially began jointly in 1952 in commemoration of the 1,050th anniversary of Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine.
    Tickets: ¥4,800 with matcha green tea, ¥4,300 without tea
    From 13:30 & 16:00
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #50, 101, get off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae
    Tel: 075-461-0148
    Mar. 25-April 9
    Spring Special Opening at Reikan-ji Temple
    Reikan-ji Temple is a Buddhist nunnery established in 1654 for the 10th daughter of the retired Emperor Gomizuno-o
    Until the Meiji Restoration, the temple served as a monzeki monastery that always had an imperial princess for its abbess
    Very popular for its superb camellia flowers including the Nikko Tsubaki which is designated as the city’s special natural monument.
    Entry: ¥600; 10:00-16:00
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #5, Kinrin-shako-mae or Shinnyodo-mae
    Tel: 075-213-1717 (Kyoto City Tourism Association)
    Mar. 26
    Hanezu Odori Dance and Plum Blossom Viewing at Zuishin-in Temple
    This temple is famous for its plum garden and is open to the public at this time of the year
    Children in faint pink traditional costumes sing and dance in this celebrated annual performance of the Hanezu Odori.
    Entry: ¥1,000
    Dance from 11:00 (3-4 performances will be held between 11:00 and 16:30)
    Access: Subway Tozai line, Ono Stn.

The information on this site is reprinted from the March 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.03.01