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2024] Eat, Drink, and Enjoy! A Noteworthy Gourmet and Sake Event to be held in Kyoto in May!

Kyoto in May is a month full of food-related events. From a gathering of gyoza (Chinese dumplings) and meat brands from all over Japan, to Spanish and Taiwanese cuisine, to sake events at local breweries, here are some of the most noteworthy events to look forward to. Enjoy the delicious and fun under the beautiful blue sky with fresh green leaves!

1.Kyoto Gyoza Daisakusen with Meat," a gathering of gyoza from all over Japan / Okazaki Park

Operation Gyoza with Meat

This is a popular event where famous gyoza restaurants from all over the country gather, and last year over 100,000 people visited the event. This year's event is even more powerful, with not only gyoza but meat as well! Gyoza restaurants and butcher shops boasting of their taste from not only Kyoto but also Ibaraki, Aichi, Saitama, Shiga, Nagano, Fukuoka, Miyazaki, and Osaka prefectures will gather.

Location/Okazaki Park
Dates / May 1 (Wed) - 5 (Sun), 2024 (national holiday)
Hours/10:00 - 20:00 *13:00 on the 1st and ~19:00 on the 5th
Admission: Free of charge

Kyoto Gyoza Operation with Meat

  • United States military action against Japan's invading forces in World War II
  • Okazaki Saishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from bus stop "Okazaki Koen/Zooen-mae".
    9 min. walk from Higashiyama Subway Station

2.Japan's largest Taiwan culture festival "TAIWAN PLUS 2024" / Kyoto Municipal Kangyokan Miyakomesse


The main focus of this cultural festival is the exchange of gourmet food and music. At the food, drink, and merchandise booths titled "Islanders' Market," in addition to the sale of limited-edition beer and pineapple cake, there will also be a lineup of many products only available this time, including limited edition dishes from Osaka-based Taiwanese breakfast restaurant "wanna manna" to be enjoyed at the venue. Come and discover the new charm of Taiwan.

Place/Kyoto Municipal Industrial Museum, Miyako Messe, Exhibition Hall 3
Dates / May 11 (Sat.) - 12 (Sun.), 2024
Hours / 11:00-18:00
Admission: Free of charge


  • TAIWAN Plus 2024
  • 9-1 Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • Short walk from bus stop "Okazaki Park, Rome Theater Kyoto, Miyakomesse-mae".
    8 min. walk from Exit 2 of Higashiyama Subway Station

3.Kyoto Meat Market Festival 2024" where you can taste carefully selected meats from all over Japan at stalls of famous restaurants / Umekoji Park

Kyoto Meat Market Festival

In Kyoto, the sacred land of meat, carefully selected brand beef and pork from all over Japan will be gathered. The event will be held in cooperation with the production areas that ship beef and pork to the Kyoto Meat Market, which has supported Kyoto's food industry, and famous restaurants in Kyoto that purchase from the market on a daily basis. At the venue, visitors can enjoy brand-name meat at the stalls of famous restaurants and purchase vegetables and other products that are the pride of the producers.

Place / Umekoji Park, Shichijo Entrance Plaza
Date / Sunday, May 12, 2024
Admission: Free of charge

Kyoto Meat Market Festival 2024

  • Kyoto Meat Festival 2024
  • 56-3 Kankijicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Short walk from JR Kyoto Umekoji Nishi Station

4.Paella by the winner of the world contest will also be served! The 8th Kyoto Spanish Cooking Festival" / kokoka Kyoto International Community House

Kyoto Spanish Cooking Festival

More than 25 popular Spanish restaurants and liquor importers in Kyoto will gather for the event, offering their specialties such as meat, fish, and tapas, as well as drinks. Paella from estilo h, winner of the "4th World Paella Day Cup 2023" will also make an appearance. A special stage will be set up for a variety of shows, including a flamenco and belly dance stage, dancing, and live music.

Place/kokoka Kyoto International Community House
Dates / May 18 (Sat.) - 19 (Sun.), 2024
Hours / 11:00 - 20:00 *From ~18:00 on 19th
Admission/free (golden ticket required on site)

The 8th Kyoto Spanish Cooking Festival in kokoka Kyoto International Community House

  • The Great 8 Conference and Spanish Cooking Festival in Cococa Coca, CA
  • 2-1 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
  • 5 min. walk from "Keage" subway station.

5.Enjoy brewery tours and local sake! The 8th Tango Tenju Festival 2024 - Sake Brewery Pilgrimage in Kyoto by the Sea" / Sake Breweries in Tango and Nakatan, Kyoto

Tango Tenju Festival 2024

Sake breweries themselves organize these events, and each of the eight breweries in the Tango region will be the venue for a simultaneous opening of their breweries, where visitors can enjoy tours of the breweries, local sake, and delicious local food, which are not normally accessible to the public. The event also features special events such as sake discussions with the toji, the person in charge of sake brewing, with whom visitors usually have little contact, and sake that is not for sale, which is available only on the day of the event.

Location / Sake breweries in Tango and Nakatan, Kyoto
Dates / Saturday, May 25 - Sunday, May 26, 2024
Admission / Free admission to each brewery *Sake and food are charged.

The 8th Tango Tenju Festival 2024 - Sake Brewery Pilgrimage in Kyoto by the Sea

  • The 8th Tanka Tenshuseki Festival 2024 - Sea of Japan and the Saka-gura-junrei (The Festival of the Sea of Japan)
  • Sake breweries in Tango and Nakatan, Kyoto
*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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