2024 Saki-Matsuri - Gion Festival Yoiyama Official Guide

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A digital map is available at the Gion Festival Yoiyama Conference to guide visitors during the Yoiyama period (July 14 to 16). The map provides explanations of each float, displays current location information using GPS, and allows switching between maps to facilitate smooth viewing of the festival.

update date: 2024.07.15

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Number of spots : 36spots

  • HOSHO YAMA HOSHO YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade This float is based on a romance between a court noble man, Yasumasa Hirai (11th century), and a female court servant, Izumi Shikibu. The figure on the float represents the scene where Yasumasa broke a branch of a plum tree from one of the imperial palace buildings to present to her. Based on their love story, a goodluck charm (a talisman) for compatible matchmaking is sold during the Yoi-yama festival nights. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 7th < AYAGASA HOKO 9th NIWATORI HOKO >

  • IWATO YAMA IWATO YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade The origin of this float derives from an ancient Japanese legend that the deity, Amaterasu Omikami, who is believed to have created Japan, was born in a cave. Unlike other Yama floats (i.e. carried on the shoulders of people), this float has wheels, like Hoko floats, and is pulled by people. Since this Yama float doesn't have a place to set the sacred pine tree like a general Hoko float, the tree is directly attached to the roof. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 21st < HOKA HOKO 23rd FUNE HOKO >

  • KAKKYO YAMA KAKKYO YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade This float is based on an ancient story in China about a man named Kakkyo. Kakkyo was very poor and couldn't afford to feed his family, consisting of his wife, child and mother. One day, he decided to abandon the child and dug a hole to bury him. While he was digging the hole, he discovered a pile of gold that enabled them all to live happily. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 18th < TOKUSA YAMA 20th URADE YAMA >

  • NIWATORI HOKO NIWATORI HOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade The origin of this float is based on an ancient legend in China. There was a large drum beaten during legal disputes but it wasn't used for many years as the country enjoyed longterm peace. During this time, moss grew on the drum and a hen took up residence – hence, this float represents peace. The symbol atop the float is representing the egg in the drum. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 8th < HOSHO YAMA 10th ARARETENJIN YAMA >

  • KIKUSUI HOKO KIKUSUI HOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade The name of this float comes from Kikusui Well , a well in the neighborhood. A shiny gold chrysanthemum flower carving adorns the roof, while the legendary hermit, Hoso, is the sacred symbol.The float was restored in 1952 and still retains its form from that time. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 16th < TORO YAMA 18th TOKUSA YAMA >

  • SHIJOKASA HOKO SHIJOKASA HOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade This type of float, which takes the form of a traditional umbrella, is regarded as an old form of float.The large umbrella is gorgeously decorated with sacred paper pieces and a pine tree on the top, and people dressed in traditional costumes parade alongside. The origin of this float dates back to the 15th century, though it was restored in 1985. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 14th < TAISHI YAMA 16th TORO YAMA >

  • TAISHI YAMA TAISHI YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade When the imperial prince Shotoku (574-622 A.D.) commissioned the construction of Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka, he went in to the mountains and collected material for its erection by himself. Based on this story, instead of pine, which all the other floats use, cedar was chosen to build this float. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 13th < TSUKI HOKO 15th SHIJOKASA HOKO >

  • URADE YAMA URADE YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade This float is based on the story that Empress Jingu (169-269 A.D.) tried fortunetelling to see if she could win in the coming battle and caught a sweet fish as a sign of triumph. The sacred deity on the float wears a long golden hat and has a fishing pole in her right hand and the captured fish in her left. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 19th < KAKKYO YAMA 21st HOKA HOKO >

  • HAKUGA YAMA HAKUGA YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade This float is based on the story about the Chinese harp player, Hakuga, and his friend during the age of China's Zhou dynasty (3rd-11th century B.C.). When the friend passed away, Hakuga was so sad that he decided to stop playing the harp forever. The figure on the float represents the scene in which Hakuga holds an ax in his hand and is about to destroy his harp. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 2nd < ABURATENJIN YAMA 4th HAKURAKUTEN YAMA >

  • MOSO YAMA MOSO YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade This float is also known as Takenoko (Bamboo Shoot) Yama. The deity represents a scene in an ancient Chinese legend where the famous scholar, Moso (3rd century), managed to discover a bamboo shoot under the ground which he wished to present to his sick mother. The deity wears a traditional Chinese costume and bears the bamboo shoots covered with snow and a spear on his left shoulder. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 11th < ASHIKARI YAMA 13th TSUKI HOKO >

  • YAMABUSHI YAMA YAMABUSHI YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade The deity enshrined on this float represents a Buddhist monk who is said to have corrected the leaning Yasaka Pagoda with his mysterious power. The figure represents the time when he is about to enter Mount Omine for severe Buddhist training and he holds a Buddhist rosary in his left hand and an ax in his right as well as having a conch shell horn on his hip. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 5th < KANKO HOKO 7th AYAGASA HOKO >

  • ABURATENJIN YAMA ABURATENJIN YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade This float carries the deity that has been worshipped in the local community for many generations. The name of the float comes from the street the shrine is located on:Aburanokoji. A small shrine hall covered with gold leaf is set up on the float which has a vermillion shrine gate at the front. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 1st < NAGINATA HOKO 3rd HAKUGA YAMA >

  • FUNE HOKO FUNE HOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade Based on a legend about Empress Jingu (169-269 A.D.), the float bears the figure of a ship. A golden figure of an imaginary bird is attached to the front of the ship and the helm depicts a traditional flying dragon pattern decoration. There is a figure of the empress as well as three other deities, Isora, Sumiyoshi and Kashima, enshrined on the float. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 22nd < IWATO YAMA

  • HOKA HOKO HOKA HOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade The float's name originates from the figure of the Buddhist monk named Hoka enshrined in the middle of the sacred pole. The symbol at the hoko top represents rays from the sun, moon and stars that light the world. The body of the float is decorated with carpets from India and Persia, bearing delicate flower patterns. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 20th < URADE YAMA 22nd IWATO YAMA >

  • TSUKI HOKO TSUKI HOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade This float has a symbol of the crescent moon (tsuki) on top, hence its name. There is a small figure of Tsukiyomi (the Moon deity) in the middle of the sacred pole atop the float. The interior ceiling bears a painting of flowers and plants by Okyo Maruyama (1733-1795). The body of the float is decorated with beautiful carpets from India and Turkey. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 12th < MOSO YAMA 14th TAISHI YAMA >

  • ASHIKARI YAMA ASHIKARI YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade This float is based on the classical Japanese song, "Ashikari." An old man lived alone by the sea cutting rushes, as he was separated from his wife for some reason, but he was finally able to meet her again. This float represents the harmonious relationship of a married couple after a long period of separation. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 10th < ARARETENJIN YAMA 12th MOSO YAMA >

  • Live Camera(Karasuma) Live Camera(Karasuma)

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    Hankyu Karasuma Station West Ticket Gate (Near the connecting passage to Shijo Subway Station) Live camera images are now being distributed. Real-time video footage of the West Gate of Hankyu Karasuma Station during the Gion Festival is available for the purpose of implementing measures to deal with congestion and crowds. *From the viewpoint of protecting personal information, the images taken are distributed with a reduced resolution. In addition, transmission may be temporarily suspended due to problems with the internet environment. Please be aware of this beforehand. Video distribution period Friday, 12 July - Wednesday, 24 July 2024 Kyoto sightseeing comfort level map to help avoid crowds The Kyoto Tourist Comfort Map provides predictions of tourist comfort by time of day around popular tourist spots, real-time information using live camera footage (excluding some spots), as well as attractive tourist spots that are relatively empty even during the day. , provides useful information for sightseeing that avoids crowds. Use the Kyoto sightseeing comfort level map to enjoy a comfortable sightseeing in Kyoto while avoiding crowded times and places.

  • Live Camera(Muromachi) Live Camera(Muromachi)

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    Status of Shijo Muromachi intersection Live camera video distribution Real-time video footage of the area in front of the Kyoto Economic Centre (Shijo Street) during the Gion Festival is available for the purpose of congestion and crowds management measures. *From the point of view of protecting personal information, the images taken are distributed with a reduced resolution. In addition, the transmission may temporarily stop due to problems with the internet environment. Please be aware of this beforehand. Delivery date and time Friday, 12 July - Wednesday, 24 July 2024 Kyoto sightseeing comfort level map to help avoid crowds The Kyoto Tourist Comfort Map provides predictions of tourist comfort by time of day around popular tourist spots, real-time information using live camera footage (excluding some spots), as well as attractive tourist spots that are relatively empty even during the day. , provides useful information for sightseeing that avoids crowds. Use the Kyoto sightseeing comfort level map to enjoy a comfortable sightseeing in Kyoto while avoiding crowded times and places.

  • ARARETENJIN YAMA ARARETENJIN YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade In the early 16th century, the city of Kyoto was almost completely burnt to the ground by a large fire. However, non-seasonal hail (Sometimes called arare in Japanese) suddenly fell around the city and quenched the fire. A small figure of Buddha was discovered in the hail and people enshrined it as the precious guardian of the community which is worshipped as the deity of this float. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 9th < NIWATORI HOKO 11th ASHIKARI YAMA >

  • TORO YAMA TORO YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade In the 14th century, when Japan's political power was divided, there was a war between two political powers. This float was made as a tribute to the samurai named Takasuke Shijo, who fought against the Ashikaga army and died in the war. His courage was associated with an ancient Chinese story related to a brave mantis. This float has a large mantis puppet on the top. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 15th < SHIJOKASA HOKO 17th KIKUSUI HOKO >

  • TOKUSA YAMA TOKUSA YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade The float derives from an old Japanese song called "Tokusa". The figure represents a man whose son was kidnapped. After that , the man had a lonely life in the province of Shinano(present-day Nagano prefecture). He made a living from cutting rushes in the area. The figure wears a straw skirt and holds rushes in his left hand and a sickle in the right. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 17th < KIKUSUI HOKO 19th KAKKYO YAMA >

  • Sanjo Keihan Station(Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line) Sanjo Keihan Station(Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line)

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    Temporary increase in subway trains Updated on 2024/07/09 Due to the large number of customers coming to the Gion Festival and expected congestion, we will temporarily increase the number of trains on the Karasuma Line and Tozai Line. Sanjo Keihan Station Karasuma Line Temporary extra trains Timetable 15 Jul (Mon).Rokujizodirection 15 Jul (Mon).Uzumasa Tenjingawadirection 16 Jul (Tue).Rokujizodirection 16 Jul (Tue).Uzumasa Tenjingawadirection *Please note that the regular timetable will be partially changed due to the temporary increase in trains. *On the 17th, only the Karasuma Line will run more trains. *Please note that due to the timetable change on the 15th and 16th, there will be no trains departing from Karasuma Oike Station at 23:33 (connecting in all directions). Please note that the last train will run according to the regular schedule. Click here for details (Kyoto City Transportation Bureau HP) Station Facilities Train Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line Station Information Station Facilities and Premises (Japanese Website)

  • Karasuma Oike Station(Kyoto City Subway Karasuma & Tozai Lin) Karasuma Oike Station(Kyoto City Subway Karasuma & Tozai Lin)

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    Temporary increase in subway trains Updated on 2024/07/09 Due to the large number of customers coming to the Gion Festival and expected congestion, we will temporarily increase the number of trains on the Karasuma Line and Tozai Line. Karasuma Oike StationKarasuma Line extra trains Timetable 15 Jul(Mon).Kokusaikaikandirection 15 Jul(Mon).Takedadirection 16 Jul(Tue).Kokusaikaikandirection 16 Jul(Tue).Takedadirection 17 Jul(Wed).Kokusaikaikanirection 17 Jul(Wed).Takedadirection Karasuma Oike StationExtra trains on the Tozai Line Timetable 15 Jul (Mon).Rokujizodirection 15 Jul (Mon).Uzumasa Tenjingawadirection 16 Jul (Tue).Rokujizodirection 16 Jul (Tue).Uzumasa Tenjingawadirection *Please note that the regular timetable will be partially changed due to the temporary increase in trains. *On the 17th, only the Karasuma Line will run more trains. *Please note that due to the timetable change on the 15th and 16th, there will be no trains departing from Karasuma Oike Station at 23:33 (connecting in all directions). Please note that the last train will run according to the regular schedule. Click here for details (Kyoto City Transportation Bureau HP) Station Facilities Train Kyoto City SubwayKarasuma & Tozai Line Station Information Station Facilities and Premises (Japanese Website)

  • Shijo Station(Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line) Shijo Station(Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line)

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    Temporary increase in subway trains Updated on 2024/07/09 Due to the large number of customers coming to the Gion Festival and expected congestion, we will temporarily increase the number of trains on the Karasuma Line and Tozai Line. Shijo Station Karasuma Line Temporary extra trains Timetable 15 Jul(Mon).Kokusaikaikan direction 15 Jul(Mon).Takeda direction 16 Jul(Tue).Kokusaikaikan direction 16 Jul(Tue).Takeda direction 17 Jul(Wed).Kokusaikaikan direction 17 Jul(Wed).Takeda direction *Please note that the regular timetable will be partially changed due to the temporary increase in trains. *On the 17th, only the Karasuma Line will run more trains. *Please note that due to the timetable change on the 15th and 16th, there will be no trains departing from Karasuma Oike Station at 23:33 (connecting in all directions). Please note that the last train will run according to the regular schedule. Click here for details (Kyoto City Transportation Bureau HP) Station Facilities Train Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Station Information Station Facilities and Premises (Japanese Website)

  • Gojo Station(Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line) Gojo Station(Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line)

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    Temporary increase in subway trains Updated on 2024/07/09 Due to the large number of customers coming to the Gion Festival and expected congestion, we will temporarily increase the number of trains on the Karasuma Line and Tozai Line. Gojo Station Karasuma Line Temporary extra trains Timetable 15 Jul(Mon).Kokusaikaikan direction 15 Jul(Mon).Takeda direction 16 Jul(Tue).Kokusaikaikan direction 16 Jul(Tue).Takeda direction 17 Jul(Wed).Kokusaikaikan direction 17 Jul(Wed).Takeda direction *Please note that the regular timetable will be partially changed due to the temporary increase in trains. *On the 17th, only the Karasuma Line will run more trains. *Please note that due to the timetable change on the 15th and 16th, there will be no trains departing from Karasuma Oike Station at 23:33 (connecting in all directions). Please note that the last train will run according to the regular schedule. Click here for details (Kyoto City Transportation Bureau HP) StationFacilities Train Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line Access Approximately 20 minutesfrom Shijo-Karasuma Station Information Station Facilities and Premises (Japanese Website)

  • Sanjo Station(Keihan) Sanjo Station(Keihan)

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    Extra train service information (Keihan Main Line) Updated on 2024/07/09 In conjunction with the Gion Festival (pre-festival), special trains will be operated from Gion-Shijo Station towards Yodoyabashi/Nakanoshima on July 15th (Monday/holiday) and July 16th (Tuesday). In addition, a "premium car" service will be provided late at night on both days. For more information, please see Keihan Railway's official website. Train Keihan Railway TemporaryTrainInformation Temporary Timetable (currently in preparation) (Japanese Website) Train Operation Train Operation Information Station Information Station Facilities and Premises

  • Gion-shijo Station(Keihan) Gion-shijo Station(Keihan)

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    Extra train service information(Keihan Main Line) Updated on 2024/07/09 In conjunction with the Gion Festival (pre-festival), special trains will be operated from Gion-Shijo Station towards Yodoyabashi/Nakanoshima on July 15th (Monday/holiday) and July 16th (Tuesday). In addition, a "premium car" service will be provided late at night on both days. For more information, please see Keihan Railway's official website.(Japanese Website) Train Keihan Mian Line TemporaryTrainInformation Temporary Timetable (currently in preparation) (Japanese Website) Train Operation Train Operation Information Station Information Station Facilities and Premises

  • Kyoto-kawaramachi Station(Hankyu) Kyoto-kawaramachi Station(Hankyu)

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    Extra train service information (Hankyu Kyoto Line) Updated on 2024/07/09 Some departure and arrival times on the Hankyu Kyoto Line will be changed on Monday, July 15, 2024 and Tuesday, July 16, 2024 due to special train operations for the Gion Festival. The timetable at the time of the change is as follows. July 15th (Monday/Holiday) ・Osaka Umeda → Kyoto Kawaramachi Click here (PDF) ・Kyoto Kawaramachi → Osaka Umeda Click here (PDF) July 16th (Tuesday) ・Osaka Umeda → Kyoto Kawaramachi Click here (PDF) ・Kyoto Kawaramachi → Osaka Umeda Click here (PDF) *The above special trains do not support timetable searches. *Due to time changes, connection times with other means of transportation may change. Click here for Hankyu Corporation's official announcement Train Hankyu-Kyoto Line Train Operation Train Status Information Station Information Station Guide

  • Karasuma Station(Hankyu) Karasuma Station(Hankyu)

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    Extra train service information (Hankyu Kyoto Line) Updated on 2024/07/09 Some departure and arrival times on the Hankyu Kyoto Line will be changed on Monday, July 15, 2024 and Tuesday, July 16, 2024 due to special train operations for the Gion Festival. The timetable at the time of the change is as follows. July 15th (Monday/Holiday) ・Osaka Umeda → Kyoto Kawaramachi Click here (PDF) ・Kyoto Kawaramachi → Osaka Umeda Click here (PDF) July 16th (Tuesday) ・Osaka Umeda → Kyoto Kawaramachi Click here (PDF) ・Kyoto Kawaramachi → Osaka Umeda Click here (PDF) *The above special trains do not support timetable searches. *Due to time changes, connection times with other means of transportation may change. Click here for Hankyu Corporation's official announcement Train Hankyu-Kyoto Line Train Operation Train Status Information Station Information Station Guide

  • Ōmiya Station(Hankyu) Ōmiya Station(Hankyu)

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    Extra train service information (Hankyu Kyoto Line) Updated on 2024/07/09 Some departure and arrival times on the Hankyu Kyoto Line will be changed on Monday, July 15, 2024 and Tuesday, July 16, 2024 due to special train operations for the Gion Festival. The timetable at the time of the change is as follows. July 15th (Monday/Holiday) ・Osaka Umeda → Kyoto Kawaramachi Click here (PDF) ・Kyoto Kawaramachi → Osaka Umeda Click here (PDF) July 16th (Tuesday) ・Osaka Umeda → Kyoto Kawaramachi Click here (PDF) ・Kyoto Kawaramachi → Osaka Umeda Click here (PDF) *The above special trains do not support timetable searches. *Due to time changes, connection times with other means of transportation may change. Click here for Hankyu Corporation's official announcement Train Hankyu-Kyoto Line Access Approximately 20 minutes from Shijo-Karasuma Train Operation Train Status Information Station Information Station Guide (Japanese Website)

  • Kyoto City Hall Station(Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line) Kyoto City Hall Station(Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line)

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    Temporary increase in subway trains Updated on 2024/07/09 Due to the large number of customers coming to the Gion Festival and expected congestion, we will temporarily increase the number of trains on the Karasuma Line and Tozai Line. Kyoto City Hall StationExtra trains on the Tozai Line Timetable 15 Jul (Mon).Rokujizodirection 15 Jul (Mon).Uzumasa Tenjingawadirection 16 Jul (Tue).Rokujizodirection 16 Jul (Tue).Uzumasa Tenjingawadirection *Please note that the regular timetable will be partially changed due to the temporary increase in trains. *On the 17th, only the Karasuma Line will run more trains. *Please note that due to the timetable change on the 15th and 16th, there will be no trains departing from Karasuma Oike Station at 23:33 (connecting in all directions). Please note that the last train will run according to the regular schedule. Click here for details (Kyoto City Transportation Bureau HP) StationFacilities Train Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line StationInformation Station Facilities and Premises (Japanese Website)

  • Nijojo-mae Station(Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line) Nijojo-mae Station(Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line)

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    Temporary increase in subway trains Updated on 2024/07/09 Due to the large number of customers coming to the Gion Festival and expected congestion, we will temporarily increase the number of trains on the Karasuma Line and Tozai Line. Nijojo-mae StationExtra trains on the Tozai Line Timetable 15 Jul (Mon).Rokujizodirection 15 Jul (Mon).Uzumasa Tenjingawadirection 16 Jul (Tue).Rokujizodirection 16 Jul (Tue).Uzumasa Tenjingawadirection *Please note that the regular timetable will be partially changed due to the temporary increase in trains. *On the 17th, only the Karasuma Line will run more trains. *Please note that due to the timetable change on the 15th and 16th, there will be no trains departing from Karasuma Oike Station at 23:33 (connecting in all directions). Please note that the last train will run according to the regular schedule. Click here for details (Kyoto City Transportation Bureau HP) Station Facilities Train Kyoto City Subway Tozai Line Station Information Station Facilities and Premises (Japanese Website)

  • KANKO BOKO KANKO BOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade The name of the float comes from an ancient story about a famous Chinese politician, Moshokun, who lived in the 3rd century B.C. A crecent moon and mountain (triangular shaped) on the roof represent the darkness in the mountains when Moshokun, pressed for time to reach the battlefield, mimicked a rooster’s crow so that the mountain gate would be opened even though it was not yet dawn. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 4th < HAKURAKUTEN YAMA 6th YAMABUSHI YAMA >

  • NAGINATA HOKO NAGINATA HOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade The float takes its name from the long large pole and blade (naginata) attached to the roof. Naginata Hoko always leads the procession, not joining in the drawing to decide the order of the procession. This float always goes first, Also, Naginata Hoko is the only float among the 33 that has a real child riding atop as its sacred symbol (chigo).Chigo cuts the ceremonial rope (shimenawa) to start the procession. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 2nd ABURATENJIN YAMA >

  • AYAGASA HOKO AYAGASA HOKO

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    Scene at the time of the parade This is one of the floats that still retain the oldest form of an umbrella. The large vermillion umbrella is carried by people accompanied by musicians playing gongs, drums and flutes while dancing in long red wigs. Six young boys, Chigo, walk in front of the float. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 6th < YAMABUSHI YAMA 8th HOSHO YAMA >

  • HAKURAKUTEN YAMA HAKURAKUTEN YAMA

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    Scene at the time of the parade The figures on this float represent a scene in which a Chinese poet, Bai Juyi (772-846), is asking a question about Buddhist philosophy to the Zen Buddhist monk, Dorin (741-824). Dorin sits on the pine tree holding a Buddhist rosary and a horsehair flapper in his hands while Bai Juyi stands wearing a formal Chinese hat and holding a scepter. What is the Gion Matsuri Festival? The Gion Matsuri in Kyoto is one of the three greatest local festivals in Japan.The other two are the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Among these the Gion Matsuri may be said to be the largest and most luxurious festival. It is held annually from July 1 to 31 as the midsummer celebration of Yasaka Jinja Shrine.The highlights of this celebration take place on the 17th (Former or Saki Matsuri Festival) and the 24th (Latter or Ato Matsuri Festival) when the processions of total 34 floats are demonstrated along the main streets of the city. All of Kyoto is in festive mood during this period. Houses along the route of procession are usually open to the public where people can enjoy many screens and other treasures of true Japanese culture which have been handed down through generations on display.Hence, this event is also called Byobu Matsuri, the Screen Festival. KYOTO CITY OFFICIAL TRAVEL GUIDE Let's visit the Gion Festval! Press the image to open in a new window. It is a Manga to introduce the Gion festival 3rd < HAKUGA YAMA 5th KANKO HOKO >