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[2023] Let's Reap the Blessings at the Gion Festival in Kyoto - 9 Awarded Goods -.

July has brought the Gion Festival to the streets of Kyoto. Various rituals and events are held over the course of a month, such as the Yamaboko Junko, a gorgeous procession of floats that is also called a "moving museum. We would like to introduce some of the gifts recommended by our editorial department. Each of these gifts has its own benefits associated with the deity, and one of the best ways to enjoy the festival is to visit the float with the benefit you wish to receive. Check it out before you go to the festival!

1.[The "Kayonowa Mamori" (guardianship of the cogon grass ring) and the "Gion Matsuri Fan" (fan for the Gion Festival), which changes in design every year, are a delight at Yasaka Shrine, praying for the eradication of disease and good health.

Yasaka Shrine, nicknamed "Gion-san," is the site of the magnificent Gion Festival held every July. The "Kayanowa-mamori" is a mythical amulet that is awarded to pray for the repelling of disease and good health. The Gion Festival fan, whose design changes each year, is a favorite of many people. This year's fan features the motif of a blue dragon, one of the four gods, because the shrine protects the east, which is the location of the four gods.

Yasaka Shrine

cogon grass ring (through which people pass during summer purification rites)

Yasaka Shrine

Gion Festival Fan

Rituals and Events/Detailsherecheck
Benefit / ward off bad luck, epidemics, etc.
Place of distribution / Yasaka Shrine awarding office
Distribution period / July 1 (Sat.) - 31 (Mon.), 2023, 9:00 - 17:00
Initial fee: 800 yen for Kayonowa-mamori, 1,500 yen for Gion Festival fan
*Limited quantities (while supplies last)

Yasaka Shrine

  • Yasaka Shrine
  • 625 Gion-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5-minute walk from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station
    Short walk from bus stop "Gion
  • Tel. 075-561-6155
  • https://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/

2.Chimaki" of the popular [naginoko] and "tenugui" (hand towel) that add color to the festival / Shijo-Karasuma

The nagatohoko is the only float that carries a live child and stands at the head of the procession. The long sword is attached to the end of the float as a means of exorcising plague and evil. Chimaki, a type of paper charm to ward off bad luck, is very popular and the number is limited, so it is recommended to get in line early. Seven types of tenugui (hand towels) are available, each depicting a scene from the rituals of the Hoko and shimenawa cutting, adding color to the festival.


cake wrapped in bamboo leaves


Tenugui Hand Towel (7 types in total) *Photographs are images of past years.

Name of the float: Naginataboko
Hoko-kuri / Monday, July 10, 2023 - Wednesday, July 12, 2023, 7:00 a.m. each day
Beginning of pulling / Wednesday, July 12, 2023, from 3:30 p.m.
Benefit / ward off bad luck and epidemics
Place of distribution: Choto-Hokoko-cho Kisho (East and West)
Distribution period / Thursday, July 13, 2023 - Sunday, July 16, 2023, 10:00 - 21:30 approx.
Distribution price: 1000 yen for chimaki, 500 yen each for tenugui (hand towel)
*Limited quantity (payment in cash only, while supplies last)

Choto Hoko Preservation Society

  • sword racket preservation event (in gymnastics)
  • 26 Nagatoboko-cho, Shijo-dori Karasuma Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from Hankyu "Karasuma" station
  • Tel. 075-213-5757
  • https://naginatahoko.jp/

3.Decorated Fans and Omikuji Prizes with Cute Mantis Mantis / Shijo Nishinotoin

The Mantis is the only float with a moving praying mantis on top of the goshogawashi. The decorative fan features cute mantis and pop colors that give people hope, and is designed by Haneda Koubou, a hand-painted Kyoto yuzen artist. Although not a gift, the unique Omikuji lottery, in which the praying mantis rotates in accordance with the movement of the handle and receives the lottery number drawn, is also a must-see!

praying mantis (esp. the narrow-winged mantis, Tenodera angustipennis)

decorated folding fan

praying mantis (esp. the narrow-winged mantis, Tenodera angustipennis)

written oracle

Name of the float: Mt.
Mountain Construction / Thursday, July 13, 2023, 8:00 a.m.
Benefit / ward off bad luck and epidemics
Place of distribution: Mantis Town Hall, Mantis Offering (Nishinotoin-dori, Shijo-agaru) for fortune-telling
Distribution Period / Thursday, July 13, 2023, 13:00 - 16:30; Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16, 2023, 10:00 - 21:30
*Friday, July 14, 2012 - Friday, July 14, 2012
Distribution price: Decorated folding fan, 6,000 yen; fortune, 200 yen
*Limited quantity (payment in cash only)

Mantis Preservation Society

  • Touzou Yamahozan Conservative Party (1922-1922)
  • 479 Mantisyama-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from bus stop "Shijo Nishinotoin".
  • https://tourouyama.jp/

4.Kakkozan's "Yakuwazuke Dongzong" for good luck in money and "Nipple Amulet" to protect mother's milk supply / Shijo Nishinotoin

The name "Guo Gao Shan" is derived from a legend in the Chinese historical tale "Twenty-four Filial Piety". The Yaku-yoke zongzi is accompanied by a koban, which is a lucky charm for money and business, named after the origin of the zongzi. The nyuko-no-mamori (charm of milk), which is named after the only decoration on the float called nyukakushi (concealment of milk), protects the mother's milk supply, which is a slightly unusual benefit.

Kakkosan Chimaki

Yaku-yoke Zongzi (with a small piece of rice dumpling)

Mt. Guojing

nipplewort (Lactuca indica)

Name of the float: Kakko-yama (Mt. Kakkyo)
Mountain Construction / Thursday, July 13, 2023, 7:00 a.m.
Benefit/good fortune, improved money, protection of mother's milk supply
Place of distribution: In front of the Kakkozan Town Hall andKakkosan Online Store
The distribution of milk charms is available only at the meeting place.
Distribution period (in front of the meeting hall)/July 14, 2023 (Fri.) 10:15-22:00, July 15 (Sat.) 10:30-22:00, July 16 (Sun.) 10:15-22:00
*Subject to change without notice due to weather and other factors.
Price: 1,000 yen for zongzi (dongzi) to ward off evil spirits (with koban), and omamori (talisman) for milk (with oshin).

Kakkosan Preservation Society

  • exhibition hall at a Buddhist temple in Kyoto (usually containing the image of Mt. Fuji)
  • 18, Kakkozan-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from bus stop "Shijo Nishinotoin".
  • https://kakkyo-yama.org/

5.Hato Bell" and "Hato Whistle" at Hachimanzan, known to keep children from crying at night / Sanjo Shinmachi

Hachimanzan], a beautifully crafted small shrine with all gold leaf stamping is perched on top of the mountain. Above the torii gate, two pigeons, messengers of the Hachiman God, are perched facing each other, a sign of conjugal bliss that has been worshipped to this day. The dove bells and flutes, with their cute, plump faces, are believed to be beneficial for preventing children from crying at night, and many people come to receive them.

Hachiman shrine


Hachiman shrine


Name of float: Hachiman-yama
Mountain construction / Early morning of Thursday, July 20, 2023, same day at around 16:00 - street installation
Benefit: Harmony between husband and wife, good health for children, and prevention of crying at night.
Place of distribution / Hachimanyama Town Hall
Distribution period: Friday afternoon, July 21, 2023 (after the purification ceremony) - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, 2023 (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)
*Starts as soon as distribution is ready, and ends as soon as stock runs out.
Distribution price: 600 yen each for dove bell beans and small size, 700 yen each for medium and large size, 900 yen for dove whistle
*Two colors: red and white.

Hachimanyama Preservation Society

  • Hachiman Yamahozaima (member of the Imperial Household Agency's Board of Ceremonies)
  • 342 Sanjo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5-minute walk from Subway Karasuma Oike Station
  • https://www.hachimansan.com/

Gion Festival

  • Gion Festival
  • Saturday, July 1, 2023 - Monday, July 31, 2023
    [Yoiyama: July 14 (Fri.) to 16 (Sun.), Yamahoko-junko: July 17 (Mon.)
    [Yoiyama: July 21 (Fri.)-23 (Sun.), Yamaboko Junko July 24 (Mon.)
  • Various places in Kyoto city
  • Tel. 050-5548-8686 (Gion Matsuri Yamahoko Federation/~July 31, 2023 9:00-20:00)
  • http://www.gionmatsuri.or.jp/
*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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