Gion Festival


With the coming of July the Gion Festival starts, and Kyoto truly enters the summer. The Gion Festival is one of the 3 great festivals of Japan, where various rites and rituals continue between the 1st and 31th of July every year over the course of the month. At Yoiyama (the eve of the main festival) the paper lanterns of the Yamaboko (procession floats) are lit up, building up the atmosphere of the festival with the sound of Gion Festival music. During the Yamaboko procession, the highlight of the festival, the splendid ‘tsujimawashi’ (where men turn the Yamaboko to change direction ) is unveiled while proceeding through the centre of the city (Shijo Karasuma-Shijo Kawaramachi-City Hall-Karasuma Oike-Shinmachi Oike), where the magnificent festivities take place. Last year, the Sakimatsuri and Atomatsuri (pre-festival and post-festival) processions were revived for the first time in 50 years. The assembling of the pre-festival Yamaboko is from the 10th to the 14th, and the procession is on the 17th. The post-festival assembling of the Yamaboko is from the 17th to the 21st, with the procession on the 24th.

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Gion Festival

(Please refer to the websites listed below for more information.)

Kyoto City Tourism Association

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1 - 31 July, 2016
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