Okazaki & Heian Shrine Oct. 30, 2015 UPDATE
A sumptuous procession! This festival bears Kyoto's historical clothing and accouterments into the present.

Kyoto Jidai Matsuri

October 22nd, every year
Kyoto Jidai Matsuri
The Kyoto Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto's "Three Great Festivals." It has been put on since 1895. Celebrating the 1,100 years of history from Heian-kyo to modern day Kyoto, this event was also started to express collective feelings regarding the development of Kyoto.
The sumptuous display of clothing from each period worn by roughly 2,000 performers makes a definite impression. The procession lasts about 2.5 hours, walking approximately 4.5km from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine. ...moreVisitors may view the event from the side of the path or from paid seating. Special attention should be paid to the traditional clothing and accouterments, meticulously recreated by hand by artisans.
Remember that it can get very crowded on the day of the festival, so visitors who wish to take pictures should be considerate of those around them.
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This is an extremely popular event that attracts a huge crowd of visitors, from Japan and elsewhere. It is a must-see for anyone interested in the history or culture of Kyoto. You might want to pack binoculars so that you can see everything more easily!
The Procession
The Procession
The people in the procession are dressed up in the garb of each era (stretching from the Meiji Era of 1868 back to the Enryaku Era of 800). The "Ladies of the Heian Period" display is a particular highlight. Famous historical women appear in the beautiful and colorful clothing of the time.
Be sure to pay attention to the hair styles a s well.
This oxcart is decorated beautifully. The children who pull the reins are cute as well.
We recommend watching it from Karasuma-dori along the procession route.
The path is narrow there, so visitors will get the chance to see the oxcart up close.
Purchase tickets for paid seating
Let's join !
Purchase tickets for paid seating
These seats allow visitors to relax as they watch the procession go by. We recommend this option for those who are bringing young children or who wish to take pictures at their own pace. Each seat costs ¥2,050. All seats are designated and the ticket comes with a pamphlet.
* The photograph above is an example of the scenes which can be viewed from the paid seating area
* Tickets may be purchased at the locations below.
Kyoto Tourist Information Center (H.I.S)
Osaka Tou...morerist Information Center(H.I.S)
Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto(JTB)
Purchase a pamphlet
Let's join !
Purchase a pamphlet
These pamphlets contain information about the procession and the historical background. The text is in English and Japanese, and visitors may enjoy the event even more if they look at the pictures as they watch the procession go by. A pamphlet costs ¥500.
* Picture shows the cover of the pamphlet
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
Please Keep the rules while The Procession is doing such as to see it inside the area which is decided.Putting your rubbish away to dust boxes.
Kyoto Jidai Matsuri Appearance Photo
Kyoto Jidai Matsuri
Phone +81 75-761-0221(Heian Shrine)
Address Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8341
Directions 10-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Station.
Event time Around 12:00PM - 4:30PM (the final procession arrives at the Heian Shrine)
Cancellations In the event of rain (will be postponed until the 23rd)
Notes Notifications regarding rain delays will be available from 7AM on the day of the procession. Please check the website below for the latest information.
Telephone: 075-761-0221 (Heian Shrine)
Fee Free *Paid seating is ¥2,050 per seat
Credit cards Not accepted
Friendly for Overseas Visitors
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Flyers given out at tourist information centers or stations include information in English
Information English
Languages spoken Japanese only
URL http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/festival/jidaisai.html
Kyoto Jidai Matsuri +81 75-761-0221(Heian Shrine) Free *Paid seating is ¥2,050 per seat 3/3

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