Shimogamo Shrine & Kitayama Jan. 29, 2016 UPDATE
Pray for children's health and happiness by flowing a doll
Venue: Shimogamo shrine
March 3rd, every year
Hina Matsuri (Doll festival) is one of the traditional Japanese celebrations to pray for young girl growth and happiness. Shimogamo shrine doll festival is held on March 3rd and ‘Nagashi bina’(flow dolls)is the highlight event in this festival. Dolls are put on the straw and flow into the Mitarashi river which is the famous river in Shimogamo Shrine. The doll festival origin is to repel an uncleanness by entrusting these to the doll. Some regions maintain flow dolls culture still now. In the mod...moreern time, dolls are wearing colorful clothes, but flow dolls clothes are simple clothes which are made with color paper. And usually a flow doll is a couple doll of men and women. The starting time of doll festival is 11am. In addition to that, some events where you can see the dressing of the junihitoe which is an extremely elegant and highly complex kimono or taking the photo with dolls are held in the morning. Please visit in the morning!
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The couple of dolls are coming from the main hall and the ceremony is started from 11am. At first, a flowing doll is practiced by guests in order to pray for successful completion of the doll festival
Let's join !
After the ceremony, visitors are also participate in the flowing doll event. You should purchase dolls in advance. Dolls are sold from around 10 am. Price is 500 yen for small one, and big one is 1000 yen. Please join the flowing doll event for your children's health and happiness!
|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||Ceremony, around 11am-
Flowing doll, around 12am-
|Cancellations||In the case of heavy rain, the venue will change to the inside of the hall|
Small 500 yen
Big 1000 yen
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
|Friendly for Overseas Visitors||
You can also participate in a Japanese traditional culture by flowing the doll
|Languages spoken||Japanese only|