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2024] Enjoy the Spring in Kyoto! 6 Noteworthy Events to Enjoy with Cherry Blossoms

In spring, Kyoto offers even more beautiful scenery as cherry blossoms add color to the historic cityscape. Although this is the season when many people visit Kyoto for sightseeing, it would be a waste of time to go beyond just cherry blossom viewing! In this issue, we will introduce some recommended events held during the cherry blossom season. We have also picked up events other than those related to cherry blossoms, so please use them as a reference to enjoy spring in Kyoto to the fullest in addition to touring famous places.

1.Kyoto Sakura Yosakoi," the largest yosakoi event in the Kansai region, with approximately 100 teams dancing / Various locations in Kyoto City

Kyoto Sakura Yosakoi

For two days, 4,000 dancers from about 100 teams from inside and outside of Kyoto will perform at various venues in Kyoto City. You will be energized by the beautiful, gorgeous, and sometimes powerful dances. The costumes, dances, music, and other aspects of each team's individuality are sure to catch your attention.

Location: Various locations in Kyoto City (Okazaki Venue, Nijo Castle Venue, Zest Oike Venue, Umekoji Park Venue)
Dates / Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, 2024
Time/30th 11:00-19:00 (opening ceremony from 10:30), 31st 11:00-20:00 *Hours vary depending on location
Admission: Free (Nijo Castle venue requires an admission fee)

The 20th Kyoto Sakura Yosakoi

2.Sake World Summit in KYOTO", one of the largest sake festivals in the Kansai region / Kyoto Municipal Kangyo Kan, Miyako Messe (Sakyo-ku, Kyoto)

Sake World Summit in KYOTO

Sixty-five breweries (companies) from all over Japan will participate in this sake festival, offering approximately 250 brands of sake from their respective breweries. Visitors can purchase their favorite brand in exchange for a sake ticket with an original sake cup in hand, and enjoy the sake with the perfect accompaniment (for an additional fee) provided by 15 popular restaurants in Kyoto. Also, don't miss the "PREMIUM & KANSAKE BAR" where you can try super-secret sake and long-aged sake from the sake cellars!

Place/Kyoto Municipal Industrial Museum, Miyako Messe
Date / Saturday, March 30, 2024
Time / [Part 1] 11:00-13:30, [Part 2] 14:00-16:30
Price: 3900 yen for advance tickets, 4200 yen for day-of-performance tickets (with sake cup and 1500 yen worth of sake coupons)
*Limited to 5,000 people in total for Part 1 and Part 2.
*Additional liquor tickets can be purchased at the venue.
*Food is purchased with cash.

Sake World Summit in KYOTO

  • Salmon World Summit in Kyouto
  • 9-1 Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
  • Short walk from bus stop "Okazaki Park, Rome Theater Kyoto, Miyakomesse-mae".
    8 min. walk from Exit 2 of Higashiyama Subway Station
  • Contact / sakeworld.nft@leafkyoto.co.jp
  • Parking available (charged) *Please use public transportation for alcoholic beverage events.
  • https://sakeworld.jp/event/sake-world-summit-in-kyoto/

3.Circulation Fest", a festival of secondhand clothes and circulation created with Generation Z / Umekoji Park (Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City)


An event to create a new "circulation" movement with Generation Z and others involved in reuse. The event will feature the "¥0 Market," a free used clothing donation and collection program, as well as workshops, exhibitions, and stage events that allow people to experience reuse and recycling while having fun. There will also be a food court featuring carefully selected ingredients.

Place / Umekoji Park, Shichijo Entrance Plaza
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2024 *In case of rain, the event will be postponed to Sunday, June 16, 2024
Admission: Free of charge


  • festival in which participants go around in a circle to enjoy the festivities
  • 56-3 Kankijicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from JR Kyoto Umekoji Nishi Station
  • No parking
  • https://junkan-fes.com/

4.NAKED Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 World Heritage Nijo Castle" where you can enjoy artistic hanami (cherry blossom viewing) / Former detached palace Nijo Castle (Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City)

Naked Cherry Blossom Festival

©naked inc.

This event allows visitors to enjoy the nighttime cherry blossoms at Nijo Castle, one of the most popular cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto. 300 cherry trees of 50 varieties are illuminated at different times of the year, and the cherry blossom projection mapping at the Karamon Gate, an important cultural property, and digital art inspired by the Kano School's barrier paintings that decorate the Ninomaru Palace, a national treasure, will take you into a fantastic world. The digital artwork is inspired by the Kano school's barrier paintings that decorate the National Treasure Ninomaru Goten.

Location/Moto-Rikyu Nijo Castle
Dates: March 8 (Friday) to April 7 (Sunday), 2024 *The event will be held rain or shine, and may be cancelled in case of inclement weather.
Hours/18:00-22:00 (last admission/21:00)
Price / 《Normal Ticket》
 Monday-Thursday / Junior high school students and older: 2,000 yen, Elementary school students: 1,200 yen
 Friday-Sunday, Holidays/Junior high school students and older: 2,400 yen, Elementary school students: 1,600 yen
 Tickets for specific dates》※March 23 (Sat), March 30 (Sat)
 Junior high school students and older: 2,800 yen, Elementary school students: 2,000 yen
 Ticket sales may be limited at the venue on the day of the event.

NAKED Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 Nijo Castle, World Heritage Site

  • Naked Cherry Blossom Festival 2024 World's Best Cherry Blossom Festival
  • 541 Nijojo-machi, Nijo-dori Horikawa-nishiiru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 3 minutes walk from Exit 1 of "Nijojo-mae" subway station.
  • Parking available
  • https://event.naked.works/nijojo/spring/

5.The 88th Kyoto Antique Fair" for three days to encounter wonderful old things / Kyoto Pulse Plaza (Fushimi-ku, Kyoto)

Kyoto Antique Fair

Held three times a year in spring, early summer, and fall, the Kyoto Antique Fair is Western Japan's largest antique event with a history of more than 20 years, and features a wide variety of stores from all over Japan selling antiques, antiques, furniture, paintings, Asian goods, Western antiques, and more.

Place/Kyoto Pulse Plaza
Dates / March 22 (Friday) to 24 (Sunday), 2024
Hours/10:00-17:00 (until 16:00 on the last day)
Admission: Free of charge

The 88th Kyoto Antique Fair

  • Dai 88 Kaikyo and Antique Fair
  • Kyoto Pulse Plaza (Kyoto Prefectural Trade Fair Hall), 5 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from bus stop "Pulse Plaza-mae".
    Free shuttle bus available from Takeda Station (Subway/Kintetsu)
  • Tel. 075-621-6873 (during the exhibition)
  • Parking available
  • http://www.gomoku-do.com/

6.Cherry blossoms and soothing music will color the night in Kyoto "Heian Jingu Shrine: Sakura Oto Yoru - Benishidare Concert 2024" / Heian Jingu Shrine (Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City)

Sakura Oto Yoru Benishidare Concert

For five days, visitors can enjoy cherry blossoms floating in the illuminated night and music performed by gorgeous artists in the historical space filled with the grandeur of Heian-kyo. There is no seating at the venue, so stroll through the illuminated shrine garden and listen to the soothing music by the East Shrine Garden and Seiho Pond. There are two types of tickets: an "admission ticket with concert" for both the East Shrine Garden (concert venue) and the South Shrine Garden (cherry blossoms lit up), and an "admission ticket" for the South Shrine Garden (cherry blossoms lit up) only.

Place/Heian Jingu Shrine
Dates / Wednesday, April 3 - Sunday, April 7, 2024
Time/ 18:15-21:00, [Part 1] 18:40-19:10 (Entrance reception/18:15-19:15), [Part 2] 19:55-20:25 (Entrance reception/19:35-20:30)
Fee/《Admission Ticket with Concert》 East Shrine Garden (Concert Area) and South Shrine Garden (Cherry Blossom Light-up Area)
 (Advance) General 3000 yen, Elementary school students 2500 yen (At the door) General 4000 yen, Elementary school students 3500 yen
 《Admission Ticket》 Minamishinen (Cherry Blossom Light-up Area)
 (Advance) Adults 1000 yen, Elementary school students 800 yen (At the door) Adults 1500 yen, Elementary school students 1300 yen
 *Tickets are sold by area.
 *Parts 1 and 2 are completely interchangeable, no seating.

Heian Jingu Shrine - Sakura Oto Yoru - Red Shidare Concert 2024

  • Heianjin Shrine Sakura Otoyo - Benishidare Concert 2024
  • 97 Nishitennocho, Okazaki, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from bus stop "Okazaki Park, Museum & Heian Jingu-mae".
    10 minutes walk from Higashiyama subway station
  • Tel. 075-241-6171 (Weekdays 10:00 - 17:00 "Heian Jingu Cherry Blossom Night" Office)
  • *Please refrain from contacting the Heian Shrine office.
  • No parking
  • https://pr.kyoto-np.jp/event/benishidare/
*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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