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Visionary lights of fire flies and tea ceremony in Shimogamo Shrine

Hotarubi no chakai (tea ceremony of fire flies)

Venue: Shimogamo Shrine
June 15th, 2016
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In the beginning of June, “Hotarubi no chakai” (tea ceremony of fire flies) and “Tadasuno mori Noryo ichi” (summer evening party in cool-breeze) are held in Shimogamo Shrine. “Hotarubi no chakai” (tea ceremony of fire flies) has been held every year since 1991 by Tadasuno mori Foundation in order to revive the “Noryo chaseki” (summer evening tea party) that had been taken place in Mitarai River inside of Shimogamo Shrine in Meiji period (around 1868 - 1912). On the event day, about 600 fire flie...mores caught in Tadasuno mori Forest are put into a big basket and released to Mitarai River in the evening. You may be amazed by the beautiful lights of fire flies while enjoying the tea ceremony (Noryo chaseki).
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I have visited “Hotarubi no chakai” (tea ceremony of fire flies) few years ago. It was such a unique and wonderful experience to see lots of fire flies and their lights as you hardly see them in the urban areas in Kyoto. Please also enjoy the tea shops and traditional Japanese music performance during the event. You may feel relaxed in Tadasuno mori Forest as there is lots of nature!
Beautiful lights of fire flies
Tadasuno mori Forest has been keeping the vegetation of ancient time even in the urban area. Therefore, Shimogamo Shrine is also popular in the image of deity’s forest which you will surely enjoy the beautiful green there especially in May and June. On the event day, about 600 fire flies caught in the forest will be released in the evening.
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Junihitoe (twelve-layered ceremonial kimono) dressing and Traditional Japanese music performance
On the same day, dressing of Junihitoe (twelve-layered ceremonial kimono) is taken place in Shinfukuden Hall where special clothes are stored. Please also enjoy the Japanese traditional music performance in Shimogamo Shrine while enjoying the festival atmosphere and beautiful lights of fire flies!
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Enjoy the tea shops in Shimogamo Shrine
Many tea shops will open in the road to the precinct of Shimogamo Shrine. There will be long-established and also the recent popular tea shops. Please enjoy the tasty Japanese tea and sweets!
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Hotarubi no chakai (tea ceremony of fire flies)
Phone +81 75-781-0010
Address 59, Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-0807
Directions 12-minute walk from Keihan Line Demachiyanaghi Stn.

【From JR Kyoto Station】
From JR Kyoto Station, take the city bus line 205 toward Shijo Kawaramachi Kitaoji Bus Terminal and get off at Shimogamo Jinja-mae. (30 min.)
Event time 5pm - 8:30pm
Notes Please note that it is expected to be very crowded on the event day.
Fee Free
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Although English guidance is not available, you will surely enjoy the beautiful lights of fire flies and lively festival atmosphere.
Information Japanese only
Languages spoken Japanese only
Hotarubi no chakai (tea ceremony of fire flies) +81 75-781-0010 Free -1/3

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