May events in Kyoto

May is one of the most beautiful months in Kyoto. Woods grow greener and the season of fresh green has come! Yabusame Shinji (horseback archery), one of Shimogamo Shrine’s main events, will be held in May.

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Fujinomori Matsuri

Fujinomori Matsuri held at Fujinomori Shrine is a chance to see riders show their exquisite skills on horseback
May 1 - 5 Fushimi Chusyojima / Other Kyoto Area
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Shorenin Kobuntei public exhibition

Offering the special opportunity for a tea ceremony in Shorenin Temple
May 1 - 5 Nanzenji Temple & Ginkakuji Temple / Central 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
May 1 - 6 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Okazaki Jikkokubune Boat Ride and Night illuminations

Springtime boat ride through canal plus cherry blossom illuminations
May 1 - 6 Okazaki & Heian Shrine / Central Kyoto Area
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Asahi Beer Garden

The biggest beer garden with the freshest beer in Kyoto is Asahi Beer Garden!
May 1 - 31 Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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Kyoto Tower Beer Garden

A beer garden on top of the Kyoto Tower Hotel!
May 1 - 31 Kyoto Station / Central Kyoto Area
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Kitano Tenmangu Aomomiji Festival

See the beautiful green maple leaves at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
May 1 - 31 Nijo Castle & Kitano Tenmangu / Central Kyoto Area
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Yabusame-shinji

One of the main features in Shimogamo Shrine before Aoi Matsuri
May 3 Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama / Central Kyoto Area
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Inari festival

The Inari God makes a parade to give blessing to local people
May 3 Fushimi Inari / Other Kyoto Area
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Enmusubi jishu festival

Monthly event for good relation and marriage
May 6 Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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Craft Beer Festa Kyoto

Enjoy a pint of craft beer in Sanjo Shopping Arcade at the biggest craft beer festival in western Japan, Craft Beer Festa Kyoto
May 13 Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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Hyakumanben tedukuri ichi

Flea market offering hand made items loved by locals
May 15 Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama / Central Kyoto Area
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Popular Aoi Matsuri Festival

One of the Three Main Festivals in Kyoto from Imperial Palace to Kamigamo Jinja Shrine
May 15 Imperial Palace & Teramachi / Central Kyoto Area
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Tea Picking Event

Experience tea picking at Obubu Chaen in Uji city
May 19 Uji / Other Kyoto Area
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Mifune Festival

Elegant boats event in Oigawa River in Arashiyama
May 20 Arashiyama & Sagano / Other Kyoto Area
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To-ji Kobo Market

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

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