The most important festival of the year in Kifune Shrine
Located in the north of Kyoto, Kifune Shrine enshrines a deity of water called “Taka-Okami-no-Kami”. Water is the source of life for human beings and “Taka-Okami-no-Kami” provides rain, sun, clouds and gives us life. Kifune Shrine is looked up to as the head shrine of all 500 divisions of a tutelary deity all over Japan. Kifune Festival is held every year on June 1st and is the most important festival to pray for the bumper crop and be thankful for the water resource. It starts in the main hall of the shrine and offers an elegant court dance and music. Then the portable shrines leave the main hall and head toward “Okumiya”, located behind the main shrine. There, children join the ritual to go around the rock in the form of a boat to pray for their healthy growth. Shinto music and dance based on the myth will be offered by chief priests and shrine parishioners from Shimane Prefecture. This festival takes about 7 hours in total.
Court dance and music offering (Bugaku)
After the Shinto music offering, court dance and music will be offered. Although the program may change, offering called “Saho Konju” which is one of the most popular masterpieces from Vietnam was offered last year. Please check it out as it is very impressive!
Carrying the portable shrines called "Mikoshi"
Festival attendants will carry the portable shrines that enshrine the deity around the town in Kibune. It will be enjoyable to feel the lively festival atmosphere!
Ritual for children
Children join the ritual to go around the rock in the form of a boat to pray for growing healthy and strong. Visitors with general admission can also join this event.
Shinto music offering (Izumo Kagura)
Shinto music and dance based on the myth will be offered by chief priests and shrine parishioners from Shimane Prefecture. It has been offered for 40 years. Please note that you cannot join this event but enjoy watching the Shinto music offering (Izumo Kagura)!
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Kifune Festival / 貴船祭
|Address||180 Kibune-cho, Kurama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto|
|Directions||Take Kyoto City Bus #4 and get off at Demachiyanagi Station (about 30 minutes). Then take Eizan Electric Railway from Demachiyanagi Station and get off at Kibuneguchi Station (27 minutes). It takes 4 minutes on foot from Kibuneguchi Station.|
|Event time||11:00am - 6:00pm|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
Many foreign visitors join this festival! Although no English brochure is available, a water written oracle called “Mizuuramikuji” in multiple languages is popular among visitors.
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|