December events in Kyoto

Winter finally begins in December and it starts to become cold. As New Year approaches, you can see many people visiting Nishiki Market to buy tsukemono pickles and mochi rice cakes.

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Kiyomizu Temple Special Night Viewing

During the time of Kiyomizu Temple Special Night Viewing the historic temple buildings are bathed in light
December 1 - 3 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Chion-in Temple Special Night Viewing

Special Night Viewing at Chion-in Temple takes place twice a year, in spring and autumn
December 1 - 3 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Daikaku-ji Temple: Special nighttime illumination “Shinku no Mizukagami”

Enjoy the red leaves of autumn reflected in the surface of the pond during Daikaku-ji Temple’s special nighttime illumination event
December 1 - 3 Arashiyama & Sagano / Other Kyoto Area
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Kodai-ji Temple’s Special Night Entrance

Enjoy the beautiful illuminations and projection mapping show during the Special Night Entrance at Kodai-ji Temple
December 1 - 10 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Nijo Castle Art Aquarium

Art Aquarium is a magical illumination event at the World Heritage Site Nijo Castle
December 1 - 10 Nijo Castle & Kitano Tenmangu / Central Kyoto Area
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Umekoji park tedukuri ichi

Flea market offering hand made in environment full of nature
December 2 Kyoto Station / Central Kyoto Area
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Enmusubi jishu festival

Monthly event for good relation and marriage
December 3 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Hari Kuyō

A memorial ceremony for broken needles with a history of more than 1,000 years
December 8 Arashiyama & Sagano / Other Kyoto Area
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Hyakumanben tedukuri ichi

Flea market offering hand made items loved by locals
December 15 Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama / Central Kyoto Area
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To-ji Kobo Market

A huge turnout! The monthly bargain-hunt
December 21 Kyoto Station / Central Kyoto Area
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Ennichi (Tenjin san)

Huge flea market at Kitano Tenmangu
December 25 Nijo Castle & Kitano Tenmangu / Central Kyoto Area
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Popular Joya-no-kane (Bell Ringing on New Year’s Eve)

Bell rings 108 times, Kyoto’s most famous New Year’s event
December 31 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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