January events in Kyoto

There are various kinds of events relating to the New Year in Kyoto. You can actually join some of the events to experience how it feels to be in Japan in January. It may snow but it usually doesn’t stick too long.

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Kemari Hajime

Observe the ancient ball game of Kemari, in this annual festival to the gods.
January 4 Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama / Central Kyoto Area
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Enmusubi jishu festival

Monthly event for good relation and marriage
January 7 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Toka Ebisu Festival

The Main Event of Ebisu Festival is Full of Rituals in Historical Gion Area Every January
January 8 - 12 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Toshiya

The sounds of the pulled arrows pass through cold air at the Sanjusangendo temple
January 14 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Daiko Daki

The New Year event that we are praying our health and to rebel bad spirits by eating Daikon radish
January 14 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Hyakumanben tedukuri ichi

Flea market offering hand made items loved by locals
January 15 Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama / Central Kyoto Area
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Okayu-sai

Small New Year’s ritual serving red bean porridge to pray for perfect health
January 15 Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama / Central Kyoto Area
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Yakuyoke Taisai Festival

The biggest yakuyoke festival at Iwashimizu-hachimangu shrine famous for apotropaic shrine
January 15 - 19 Uji / Other Kyoto Area
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To-ji Kobo Market

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

Huge flea market at Kitano Tenmangu
January 25 Nijo Castle & Kitano Tenmangu / Central Kyoto Area
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