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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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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