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I want to go this summer! Summer festivals and traditional events in Kyoto

[2023] I want to go this summer! Summer festivals and traditional events in Kyoto

We will introduce carefully selected festivals and traditional events held in Kyoto and Shiga from the end of June to August 2023. Enjoy summer to the fullest in Kyoto and Shiga!

1."Manto Festival" with more than 10,000 lights / Taga Taisha

The Manto Festival at [Taga Taisha] is a festival to give thanks to the enshrined deity who protects the spirits of ancestors in the country of Yomi.
Every year after sunset on August 3rd, at the sacred fire festival held on Mt. Sugisaka, the purification fire cut according to the ancient method is carried to the shrine, and more than 10,000 lanterns donated from all over the country are lit up. be. During the period, lanterns are lit every day from 19:00 to 21:30, and various divine events are held.

Taga Taisha Shrine

Period/August 3rd (Thursday) to 5th (Saturday), 2023
Hours: 19:00-21:30

Manto Festival

  • Mantosai
  • Taga Taisha Shrine (604 Taga, Taga Town, Inukami District, Shiga Prefecture)
  • 10 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway "Hikone IC"
    10-minute walk from Ohmi Railway "Tagataisha-mae Station"
  • Tel.0749-48-1101

2.Pottery Festival "Wakamiya Hachimangu Grand Festival/Pottery Festival" / Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine

Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine is also called a pottery shrine because it enshrines the pottery ancestor god. At the Wakamiya Hachimangu Grand Festival, ceramic dolls are displayed in the precincts and other places, and a rare mikoshi decorated with ceramics is displayed. On the same day, a pottery festival is held in the Gojozaka area, the birthplace of Kiyomizu-yaki pottery.

Wakamiya Hachiman Shrine

Period: Monday, August 7, 2023 to Thursday, August 10, 2023
Time: August 8th (Tue) 11:00- Wakamiya Hachimangu/Pottery Shrine Grand Festival
*Mikoshi is only on display (no parade)

Wakamiya Hachimangu Grand Festival/Pottery Festival

  • Wakamiya Hachimangu Utaisai and Toki Festival
  • Wakamiya Hachiman Shrine (5-480 Gojobashi Higashi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • 5 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Gojozaka"
  • Tel.075-561-1261

3.Traditional event of Obon "Kyoto Gozan Okuribi" / various places in Kyoto city

From 20:00 on August 16, 2023 (Wednesday), Gozan Okuribi will be held in various places in Kyoto City. On the day of the festival, fires are lit in order of 5 minutes from Daimonji to Myoho, Funagata, Hidari Daimonji, Toriigata. A traditional Obon event to send off spirits that have returned from the other world. Think about your ancestors while having fun wondering where to look.

Gozan Okuribi

Date/Time/August 16, 2023 (Wednesday) 20:00-
Scheduled ignition time: Daimonji from 20:00, Myoho from 20:05, Funagata from 20:10, Left Daimonji from 20:15, Toriigata from 20:20

Gozan Okuribi

  • Departure from Kyoto
  • Various places in Kyoto city
  • Tel.075-343-0548 (Kyoto Tourist Information Center)

4.“Tanabata Sasakazari Illumination” / Kifune Shrine

At [Kifune Shrine], a popular summer tourist destination, an illumination event is held in the evening. You can feel the coolness from your ears with the refreshing sound of bamboo grass. If you haven't written your Tanabata wish yet, you can still make it here.

Tanabata bamboo decoration light up

Period: Saturday, July 1, 2023 to Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Time/sunset to 20:00 (gates closed)

Tanabata bamboo decoration light up

  • Tanabata Crab Light Up
  • Kifune Shrine (180 Kurama Kifunecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • 2 minutes on foot from "Kifune" bus stop
  • Tel.075-741-2016 (Kifune Shrine)

5."Wind Chime Festival" / Shojuin Temple

A wind chime that softens the summer heat with its cool tone. The wind chimes of [Shojuin], which is also known as "Furin Temple", are all fun to look at. The sight of local wind chimes from all over Japan and wind chimes filled with summer flowers is a masterpiece. Grab your camera and let's go.

Wind Chime Festival

Period: Now being held-September 18th (Monday)
Time/9:00-16:30 (Last entry/16:15)

Wind Chime Festival

  • Furin Festival
  • Shojuin Temple (149 Okuyamada Kawakami, Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto)
  • 12 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Okuyamada Shojuinguchi"
  • Tel.0774-88-3601

6.Cormorant fishing, a summer tradition that colors Arashiyama / Arashiyama

Cormorant fishing is a traditional summer event in Arashiyama that has been held since the Heian period. You can get on a yakatabune and watch the traditional fishing method of cormorants taming several sea cormorants in the midst of a bonfire to catch sweetfish. There is also a plan that you can enjoy slowly with meals, so for detailswebsitecheck.

cormorant fishing

Period: Saturday, July 1, 2023 to Saturday, September 23, 2023
Departure time: 19:00/20:00 in July and August, 18:30/19:30 in September

Cormorant fishing in Arashiyama

  • Storm Mountain
  • Along the Oi River (Saga Tenryu-ji Temple Amanobabacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • Short walk from Randen Arashiyama Station
    Short walk from Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae bus stop
    10 minutes walk from Hankyu Arashiyama Station
  • Tel.075-861-0302 (Arashiyama ferry)

7."NAKED GARDEN ONE KYOTO 2023" where you can enjoy Kyoto in real and virtual / various places in Kyoto Prefecture

An art project by [NAKED, INC.] to deliver a new experience of Kyoto in real and virtual ways, together with the famous places of Kyoto and Shiga and the people who create traditions and culture. The theme for the summer of 2023, the second year, is "entertainment." Art and events such as spectacular projection mapping fireworks are held in various places in Kyoto Prefecture, and you can experience the charm of summer in Kyoto.


・Kyoto Station Building 4F Muromachi Koji Square “NAKED ART STATION -KYOTO-” Date: July 4 (Tue)-6 (Thu), 2023 17:00-22:00 *July 4 (Tue) only 19 : 5-22:00 (planned)
・"NAKED Evening Cool 2023 World Heritage/Kamigamo Shrine" Dates/July 7th (Friday) to 17th (Monday/holiday), 2023 *Possibility of cancellation in case of stormy weather
・"NAKED Summer Festival 2023 World Heritage Nijo Castle" Date/Time/July 21 (Fri)-August 20 (Sun), 2023 18:30-22:00 (Last entry/21:20)
・Kyoto Tower special light-up Date: July 21, 2023 (Friday) 10:00-21:00 (Last admission/20:30)
・“Kyoto Umekoji Park Festival 2023 Summer” Date: July 28th (Friday) to 30th (Sunday), 2023
・Uji Koshoji Temple (Uji area light up) Date/August 4th (Friday) to 11th (Friday/holiday), 2023


  • Naked Garden One Kyoto 2023
  • Various places in Kyoto
  • Details of each spot or access etc.herecheck
  • Inquiriesherefrom

8.Enjoy the world of youkai and ghosts "Hyakki Yakou Exhibition" / Kodaiji Temple

2023 marks the 18th year of the summer exhibition “Hyakki Yako” at [Kodaiji]. Works from the temple's collection, such as "Hyakki Yagyo Emaki", "Rokudo", and Kawanabe Kyosai's "Enma" will be on display. In addition, animator and AR picture book author KYOSUBE will also have a special AR picture book exhibition and lanterns decorated with pictures of ghosts all over the precincts, adding to the atmosphere.

Kodaiji Temple

ⓒ Yusen Fujii

Period: Saturday, July 15, 2023 to Thursday, August 31, 2023 *Sunday, July 23 and Thursday, August 10, 2023 are excluded from the exhibition.
Time/9:00-18:30 (Last entry/18:00)
From August 1st (Wednesday) to 18th (Friday) until 22:00 (last entry at 21:30)

Hyakki Yako Exhibition

  • Hyakkiya Koten
  • Kodaiji Temple (526 Shimogawara-cho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • 4-minute walk from the bus stop "Higashiyama Yasui"
  • Tel.075-561-9966

9.[End] Reminiscent of Otsu-miya in the past "Festival Festival" / Omi Jingu

The banquet festival is a festival that remembers Omi Otsu-miya in the past by offering special foods (offerings) such as special products of Omi Province that are thought to have been eaten during the time of Omi Otsu-miya. At the meeting after the festival, medicinal dishes (meals only for the feast festival) are served to pass the summer without illness and disaster, and performing arts such as Japanese dance and folk songs are performed, and a spiritually enriching day in a sacred shrine. can spend

Omi Shrine

Period/ Friday, June 30, 2023
Time/Celebration 11:00

feast festival

  • Miae Festival
  • Omi Shrine Main Hall (1-1 Jingu-cho, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture)
  • 9 minutes on foot from Keihan "Omijingumae Station"
    10 minutes by car from Meishin Expressway "Kyoto Higashi IC"
  • Tel.077-522-3725

10.[Finished] "Gion Festival" with the sound of Gion music / Various places in Kyoto

The Gion Festival is one of the three major festivals in Japan. It is a festival of Yasaka Shrine, and the festival is held for about a month from July 1st to the end of July 31st.
On July 17, 2023 (Monday), 23 Yamahoko floats depart from Shijo-Karasuma, led by Naginata-hoko, and on July 17, 2023, 11 floats depart from Karasuma-Oike with Mt. It will be held on the 24th of the month (Monday).

Gion Festival

Period: Saturday, July 1, 2023 to Monday, July 31, 2023
Sakimatsuri Yoiyama July 14th (Friday) to 16th (Sunday), Sakimatsuri Yamahoko Junko July 17th (Monday)
Atomatsuri Yoiyama July 21st (Friday) to 23rd (Sunday), Atomatsuri Yamahoko Parade July 24th (Monday)

Gion Festival

  • Gion Festival
  • Various places in Kyoto city
  • Tel.050-5548-8686 (9:00-20:00 from June 1 to July 31, 2023)

11.[End] "Kanrenkai" / Hokongo-in to see the scenery like Gokuraku Jodo

At [Hokongo-in Temple], which is known as a famous spot for lotuses, an early morning viewing will be held from July 8, 2023 (Saturday) according to the flowering season. About 90 kinds of lotus are in full bloom in the Jodo-style garden, a special scenic spot of the country, which was created in the image of the Pure Land during the Heian period. I want to get up early and enjoy the beautiful flowers in the fresh air.

Lotus viewing party

Period: Saturday, July 8, 2023 to Sunday, July 30, 2023
Time/7:30-12:30 (Last entry/12:00)

Lotus viewing party

  • Kanren
  • Hokongo-in Temple (49 Hanazono Ouginocho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • 5 minute walk from JR Hanazono Station
  • Tel.075-461-9428 (reception until 12:00)

12.[End] Shrine maiden's Kagura and exorcism "Cool Kagura" / Jonangu

Every year on July 20th, the "Oryomi Kagura" is dedicated from the evening to coincide with the annual festival "Oryomi". On the front stage of the Kaguraden, a shrine maiden with a lucky bamboo in her hand performs kagura and is awarded a lucky bamboo. In addition, in front of the main shrine, there are two icicles that contain wooden tags for ``Hojo Anzen'' and ``Healthy Health'' and sakaki trees, so worshipers can touch the icicles and pray for heat relief and health and safety. .


Schedule: Thursday, July 20, 2023
Time / 18:00-20:00 (every 15 minutes)
Fee: free to view (1,000 yen for the first harvest of the lucky bamboo special award)

Cool Kagura

  • Osuzumi Kagura
  • Jonangu Shrine (7 Nakajima Toba Rikyucho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • Short walk from Jonangu bus stop
    15-minute walk from Kintetsu/Subway Takeda Station
  • Tel.075-623-0846

13.[Finished] "Mitarai Festival" to pray for good health with foot-making rituals / Shimogamo Shrine

Kyoto's oldest power spot [Shimogamo Shrine]. Every year around the Midsummer Day of the Ox, a ritual is held to pray for good health by dipping your feet up to your knees in the spring water of Mitarai Pond in the precincts and offering lanterns.

Shimogamo Shrine

Period: July 21st (Friday) to 30th (Sunday), 2023
Time / 9:00-20:00

Mitarai Festival

  • Mitara Festival
  • Shimogamo Shrine (59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • 6 minutes walk from Keihan "Demachiyanagi Station"
    A short walk from the bus stop "Shimogamo Jinja-mae" and "Tadasunomori-mae"
  • Tel.075-781-0010

14.[End] "Thousand Day Pilgrimage" / Atago Shrine, which is said to have the benefit of 1,000 days worth of fire protection and fire prevention

Known as a shrine with miraculous powers for firefighting and prevention, there are about 900 Atago shrines nationwide [Atago Shrine]. Tens of thousands of worshipers visit the Sennichi-mairi every year, and it is said that if you visit the shrine from the night of July 31st to the early morning of August 1st, you will receive a thousand days' worth of firefighting and fire prevention benefits. It is said that if you visit the shrine before the age of three, you will be safe from fires for the rest of your life, and many children come with them.

Atago Shrine

Period: July 23rd (Sun) to August 1st (Tue), 2023
・Sennichi Tokasai 7/23 (Sun) 9:00
・Sennichi Tsuyasai From the evening of July 31 (Mon) to the early morning of August 1 (Tue)
*Worship is possible through the night. Except for this day, there is no presentation of bills at night or early morning, and no reception at the head of the shrine.
Detailed scheduleherecheck. The Goma-taki ritual is canceled.


  • Sennichi Mairi
  • Atago Shrine (1 Saga Atagocho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • About 2 hours on foot from the bus stop "Kiyotaki"
  • Tel.075-861-0658

15.[End] Grand festival "Yoimiya Festival/Hongu Festival" to give thanks to the gods every day / Fushimi Inari Taisha

The main shrine festival is a grand festival in which worshipers from all over the country who enshrine the spirit of Inari Okami visit the main shrine [Fushimi Inari Taisha] and thank the gods for their daily blessings. During the Yoimiya Festival on the previous day, the Manto Shinji ritual is held, and stone lanterns and thousands of dedicated lanterns are lit up on Mt. Inari and throughout the precincts. In addition, there will be an exhibition of approximately 400 andonga paintings that have been dedicated, as well as various events to celebrate the gods.

Fushimi-Inari Taisha

Period: July 22nd (Sat) to 23rd (Sun), 2023
Time: Yoimiya Festival July 22nd (Sat) 18:00-, Hongu Festival July 23rd (Sun) 9:00-

Yoimiya Festival/Main Shrine Festival

  • Yoimiyasai/Motomiyasai
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine (68 Yabunouchi-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
  • Short walk from JR Inari Station
    7 minutes on foot from the bus stop "Inari Taisha Mae"
  • Tel.075-641-7331
*Please note that the information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
*Since this site uses automatic translation, the translation may differ from the original Japanese content.


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