The best events in Kyoto

A lot happens in Kyoto during the year, from Gion Festival and temple illuminations to cosplay events.
There are so many events it might be difficult to keep track, but luckily for you Sharing Kyoto can help you!

What’s happening in Kyoto

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Kyoto is full of excitement as New Year approaches
2015 is almost over. How are you going to spend the New Year holiday season? Everyone in Japan is very busy. During this time of the year, people get serious about preparing for the New Year. So, how do people greet the New Year? They do this by welcoming gods that bring good fortune for the year into their homes on New Year’s Day. To have a happier year, they welcome in the gods and celebrate. At the end of the year, people are very busy getting ready. They buy food and household supplies, clean up their surroundings, and cleanse their minds, of which “Joya no Kane” is a good example. The preparations are to make sure they welcome the gods in the cleanest possible state, as well as to spend a relaxing time with family. New Year’s Day is about family. Relatives get together and celebrate around the dinner table. They eat lucky foods like mochi (rice cakes) and kamaboko (fish cakes). They also go out for hatsumode. Hatsumode is the first visit of the year to a shrine or temple to pray for good health. Though it can get extremely crowded, it is an important custom. One cannot forget the great deals you can get at big New Year sales. The crowds are big as well, but the sight of the entire town buzzing with excitement is something you only see this time of year. The old capital of Kyoto has a history stretching back 1,300 years. As a city that respects tradition but is always trying new things, Kyoto has many unique customs, ceremonies, and foods for New Year. People going out to enjoy them make Kyoto’s streets even more flamboyant than usual. We want you to enjoy the New Year holiday season just as much as the locals. This time we will introduce some spots that will help you do that.
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Three biggest festivals of Kyoto
In the historic city of Kyoto there are three famous festivals that have been celebrated for hundreds, even thousands of years. Sometimes called “Three big Kyoto festivals”, these festivals are Aoi Festival, Gion Festival, and Jidai Festival, and they are famous world-wide.
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Recommended autumn events in Kyoto!
5 autumn events in Kyoto recommended by Sharing Kyoto’s writer Erika!
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The most interesting temple flea markets of Kyoto
There are flea markets at Kyoto’s temples and parks every day. From antiques to handicrafts, I’m going to introduce 5 markets where you can try to find treasures.

Kyoto’s best events by month

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