Updated: July 19, 2017
0 Bookmark

Gion Matsuri: The Traditional Summer Festival in Kyoto!

One of the most popular, traditional and famous festivals in Japan is called Gion Matsuri, which is a summer festival held in Kyoto where they parade with Japanese traditional float called Yamaboko. Let's figure out more together!

Feel free to follow favy!

Gion Matsuri

Gion Matsuri is a traditional festival that has been held every summer since 898. Started as a cure for epidemic plague that was widely spread all around Japan, now this festival is well known as a huge festival that happens throughout the month of July in Kyoto. It is Yasaka Shrine's annual festival! They parade public roads with decorated floats called Yamaboko.
Retina pixta 14299868 s
Yasaka Shrine, located less than a 10 minute walk from Kawaramachi station.
Retina pixta 16949462 s
The main part is Yamaboko Junkou (parade of floats), where they parade Nakagyo-ku and Shimogyo-ku with decorated floats. People come to watch Yamaboko Junkou from different parts of Japan and even from the world! It begins when "Shimenawa kiri" takes place, where chigo (children) cut the rope, on the 17th of July every year, leaving Shijo Karasuma area around 9 in the morning.
Retina pixta 9925116 s
One of the special qualities of Yamaboko Junkou is that this is the only day where chigo (children around age 10) are on the float. As it is shown in the picture, when they come across Shijo Fuya-cho area, "Tsuji mawashi", a highlight of Yamaboko Junkou where they turn each intersection, takes place.
Retina pixta 13069316 s
At night, their lanterns light up which makes their floats even more refined!

Route

Below is the link that takes you to a map of Yamaboko Junkou route from Gion Matsuri's official website! It is also written in English.

From July 1st to 31st, 2017!

Retina pixta 7348509 s
Just a heads up, during July, due to this huge festival, public transportation such as buses changes routes. Kyoto's summer is also boiling hot, so stay hydrated!

Looking for a place to eat around Kyoto?

Retina pixta 27884005 s
Kyoto has lots of amazing restaurant that serves Kyoto cuisines and delicious traditional food. Check the link below for more information on restaurants in Kyoto! Let me just say this - everything in Kyoto will go beyond expectations. You will know when you read articles on Starbucks in Kyoto!
friendofpear
My obsession: tomatoes/puppies/photography

Hot topics!

1

Okonomiyaki And How To Make It! Japanese Savoury Pancake

matcha
2

5 Selected Places to try Delicious Tendon in Tokyo

friendofpear
3

Rolling in Japan: "ROLL ICE CREAM FACTORY" Has Opened in Tokyo!!!

haru
4

Have You Heard of Blue Ramen?!

matcha
5

Your Essential Guide to Indian Cuisine in Osaka!

Wanderlust Foodaholic

Recommend Topics!

1

GOMAYA KUKI: New Sesame Ice Cream Store in Tokyo!

favy
2

Love Sea Urchin? Go To "Hokkai Sushi Uni Maru" In Shinjuku, Tokyo!

favy
3

Looking For A Place To Eat And Drink At Shinjuku, Tokyo? "C by favy" Is The Place To Go!

favy
4

Ozaki Wagyu Beef Sashimi?! Exclusive and Rare food in Tokyo

favy
5

Little Kyoto In The Middle Of Shinjuku?! Try Out Their "Spilling Sushi"

favy

Events

Tenjin Matsuri, One of the Biggest Summer Festivals in Japan!

Jul 25, Tue 〜

Enjoy Summer In Tokyo! Smirnoff Midpark Cafe At Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi!

Jul 14, Fri 〜 Aug 31, Thu

Starbucks Japan's New Must-Try Summer Drink is Here: Key Lime Cream and Yogurt Frappuccino!

Jul 14, Fri 〜 Aug 31, Thu

Chocolate-Watermelon Dango!? Try Yagumo Dango's Summer Mochi Dessert!

Jul 06, Thu 〜 Aug 31, Thu

Wicked Snow is Introducing 3 New Summer Kakigori from July 1st to August 30th, 2017!

Jul 01, Sat 〜 Aug 31, Thu

Hot Words!