Events 2017 May

Events 2017 May, Ohara-me Festival,Spring Boat Ride in Okazaki,Enbutsu Kyogen at Senbon Enma-do...and more.

  1. Yamakage Shrine Annual Festival

    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).
    Tickets: ¥620 (one way)
    Access: JR Sagano Line, 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 (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. Hozugawa
    Yusen Association
    Tel: 0771-22-5846
    April 28 – May 15
    Ohara-me Festival in the Ohara Area
    The Ohara-me Festival is held every year in the village of Ohara, a little northeast of Kyoto
    The village is intimately connected to classical Japanese history and literature
    Ohara-me costume experience (reservations requiredkimono dressing ¥1,000 10:00-14:00).
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto Bus #17, 18,get off at Ohara
    Ohara Hosho-kai Tel: 075-744-2148
    Until May 7
    Spring Boat Ride in Okazaki
    This traditional water tour, on one of two small boats, will take visitors along a canal route that is famous for fresh greenery 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.).
    Tickets: ¥1,200
    Access to the boat park: Subway Tozai Line, Keage Stn.
    Tel: 075-321-7696
    May 1-4
    Nenbutsu Kyogen at Senbon Enma-do Temple
    This is one of the three greatest nenbutsu kyogen performances in Kyoto
    Kyogen is a traditional comic play originally started as a way of spreading Buddhist teachings to the general public
    May 1st & 2nd from 19:00
    May 3rd & 4th from 13:00, and from 18:00.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto CityBus #206, get off at Senbon Kurama-guchi

  2. May 1-5
    Spring Antique Book Fair at Miyako Messe
    This is one of the largest indoor antique book fairs in Japan; All kinds of books (classics, academic books, art books, novels, paperbacks, etc.) will be sold by about 40 book shops from Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Okayama
    10:00-16:45 (until 16:00 on the last day).
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto CityBus #5, get off at Okazaki Koen/Bijutsukan Heian Jingu-mae
    Kyoto Antique Book Association
    May 1-5
    Fujinomori Festival at Fujinomori Shrine
    On the 5th, several traditional events will be held (including a procession featuring traditional costumes)
    Kake Uma Shinji, held from 13:00 and 15:00, is a great display of acrobatic horse riding techniques that were used in traditional battles.
    Admission free
    Access: JR Nara line,Fujinomori Stn.
    Tel: 075-641-1045
    May 1-24
    Kamogawa Odori at Pontocho Kaburenjo Theatre
    The maiko and geiko of Pontocho will perform their annual elegant spring dance and show
    Show times: 12:30, 14:20, 16:10.
    Tickets: ¥4,800 (special seats with tea service),¥4,200 (special seats), ¥2,300 (general seats)
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #205, get off at Kawaramachi Sanjo
    Pontocho Kabu-kai Tel:075-221-2025
    May 3
    Inari Kanko-sai Festival at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
    The shrine’s mikoshi portable shrine is carried from the otabisho near Nishikujo back to the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
    The procession proceeds along various routes including Omiya, Gojo and Takeda-kaido streets
    The Kanko-sai Festival will be held from 16:00, after the mikoshi and procession arrive at the shrine.
    Admission free
    Access: JR Inari Stn. or Keihan Fushimi Inari Stn.
    Tel: 075-641-7331
    Ma 3-5
    Citizen’s Tea Party at Nijo Castle
    In the beautiful Seiryu-en Garden, traditional tea ceremony will be hosted by two different schools
    This is a great opportunity to enjoy green tea as well as see the Ninomaru Palace
    (National Treasure) and garden.
    Tickets: ¥2,000 (entry to the castle and 2 tea ceremonies)
    Access:Kyoto City Bus #9, get off at Nijojo-mae or Subway Tozai Line, Nijojo-mae Stn.
    Tel: 075-841-0096
    May 8
    Yamakage Shrine Annual Festival
    Situated in the precinct of Yoshida Shrine, this unusual festival is held to thank the ancestral god of cooking, eating and drinking
    The ceremony is very unique in that raw fish, cut using only knives and chopsticks (without being directly touched by hand), can be seen.
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #206, get off at Kyo-dai Seimon-mae
    Tel: 075-771-3788 (Yoshida Shrine)

  3. May 10
    Uesaku Festival at Kurama Temple
    On the night of the full moon in May, many Buddhist priests and members of the viewing crowd will pray to the deity for world peace(from 19:00)
    A number of open-air fires in the precinct create a luminous scene
    This festival has been held for many centuries and is similar to certain Himalayan festivals and other special festivals held in southeast Asian Buddhist countries.
    Entry: ¥300
    Access: Eizan Railways,Kurama Stn.
    Tel: 075-741-2003
    May 13 & 27
    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
    13th: at Sakura Urushitei
    27th at Sakura Honganji
    May 14
    Kanko-sai Festival at Matsuno-o Taisha Shrine
    The shrine halls, mikoshi portable shrines and costumes of the shrine priests and other participants will be decorated with aoi (hollyhock) leaves so that this festival is also called “Aoi Festival in Matsuo”
    The 6 mikoshi are carried out from the nearby shrine hall at 12:00 and the procession proceeds to the main shrine hall (around 19:45).
    Admission free
    Access: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Matsuno-o Taisha-mae
    Tel: 075-871-5016
    May 21 & 28
    Saga Festival at Nonomiya Shrine & Atago Shrine
    On the 21st, mikoshi portable shrines are lined up in the precinct of Seiryo-ji Temple
    On the 28th, the mikoshi floats and a children's procession parade through the neighborhood
    Departure from the Otabisho (10:00) –Daikaku-ji Temple (12:00) – Arashiyama (14:30)– Otabisho (17:00).
    Admission free
    Access to the Otabisho: Kyoto City Bus #28, get off at Saga Shakado-mae
    Tel: 090-6240-7000 (Saga Festival Association)

The information on this site is reprinted from the May 2017 issue of Kyoto Visitor's Guide. ◎AD BRAIN INC. Published on 17.04.20