Jul. 26, 2021 UPDATE

List of Canceled Kyoto Events due to the Coronavirus for March & April

In this article, we look at which March and April events were canceled in Kyoto due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

March and April – the much-awaited spring season.
Year-round, Kyoto plays host to events of all kinds, from traditional Japanese festivals to hip markets and concerts. However, due to COVID-19 and the coronavirus, many March and April events have been canceled.
In this article, we’ll be looking at exactly which March and April festivals and events will no longer be held.

Shimogamo Shrine’s Nagashibina – Canceled

Nagashibina Shimogamo Shrine’s Nagashibina is said to have started in Japan’s Heian period. The event sees influential members of the local government and community, as well as geiko and maiko, float little colored paper dolls down the river on woven baskets. The floating of the dolls serves as a prayer for the health of one’s daughters and is supposed to attract bad luck away from them. 

While nagashibina use colored paper for its two male and female dolls, most modern hina dolls are displayed on step-like displays called hina-dan.

Date: March 3 – canceled

Location: Shimogamo Shrine

Admission: Free

Address 59, Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-0807
Event time Ceremony: from 11 a.m. Nagashibina: from 12 a.m.

Higashiyama Hanatoro Lights – Canceled

Higashiyama HanatoroThe Higashiyama Hanatoro is a recent addition to the Kyoto seasonal event calendar that’s centered around “lights.” 

The event itself features 2,500 LEDs and ikebana flowers that bring the nighttime streets of the Higashiyama area to life.

The most popular part of the event is the Kitsune no Yomeiri Junko – fox wedding procession. During this event, a fox masked bride donning a traditional white wedding kimono rides a rickshaw through the lantern lined streets of the Higashiyama area. The lights, flowers and procession of this event provide visitors with a glimpse at an eerily different side of nighttime Kyoto.

Date: March 6 (Fri) – 15 (Sun) – Canceled

Time: 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Higashiyama area (the 5 km stretch between the Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Shoren-in Monzeki Temple)

Admission: Free

*The Kodai-ji and Entoku-in temples’ nighttime viewings/light-up events (March 6 – May 6) are to be held as planned. 

Address Higashiyama area (In the north from Shoren-in Temple to the Maruyama Park, through Yasaka Shrine, and in the south to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Many temples and shrines along the route are illuminated)
Event time 6 pm to 9:30 pm

The Kyoto International Manga Museum’s COSJOY – Canceled

COSJOYCOSJOY is a cosplay event held at the Kyoto International Manga Museum that brings together the retro feel of the former elementary school that houses the museum and your favorite anime and manga characters. COSJOY is open for anyone to participate, so if you’re a cosplayer from overseas, then feel free to join in the fun too!

Date: March 7 (Sat) – Canceled

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: The Kyoto International Manga Museum

Admission: ¥1,000

*admission fee applies to photographers too.

**admission to the museum not included. 

Museum admission: Adults: ¥800|Junior/senior high school students: ¥300|elementary school students: ¥100

Umekoji Park Handicrafts Market – Canceled

The Umekoji Park Handicrafts Market is a market of handmade goods held on the first Saturday of every month. Sisters with the Hyakumanben Handicrafts Market, the Umekoji market offers everything from everyday lifestyle goods and pottery to nibbles like cakes, baked goods and even traditional Japanese sweets.

There’s a ton of stalls, so take your time exploring and see if you can’t find something that catches your eye.

Date: March 7 (Sat)、April 4 (Sat) – Canceled

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Umekoji Park

Admission: Free

Address Umekoji Park
Event time 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Heian Raku Ichi Market – Canceled

Heian Raku IchiStarted in late 2012, the Heian Raku Ichi Market is a handicraft market featuring up to 250 stalls selling original hand made goods like accessories and Japanese sweets.

Taking place on the second Saturday of every month at the Okazaki Park, the Heian Raku Ichi Market offers plenty of room for you to browse the multitude of stalls at your own pace and an awesomely vibrant atmosphere.

Date: March 7 (Sat) – Canceled

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Okazaki Park

Admission: Free

Address Okazaki Saishojicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8342
Event time 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Chion-in Temple Special Night Viewing – Canceled

Special Night ViewingEvery spring, the Chion-in Temple hosts a special night viewing where it illuminates its swaths of beautiful cherry blossoms trees and gardens. The two specific highlights of the event are the famous Showa period rock garden, Yuzen-en, and designated national treasure Sanmon gate.

Date: March 27 (Fri) – April 5 (Sun) – Canceled

Time: 5:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Chion-in Temple

Admission: Adults: ¥800|Children: ¥400

Address 400 Rinka-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City 605-8686
Event time Spring: 5:45-9:30 p.m. (Entrance until 9 p.m.) Autumn: 5:30-9:30 p.m. (Entrance until 9 p.m.)

Zuishin-in Temple’s Hanezu Odori

Zuishin-in Temple’s Hanezu Odori is a dance based on the legend of Ono Komachi and features girls in pink kosode kimono wearing hats with red plum blossoms on them.

In Japanese, hanezu refers to the pink or light red color of plum blossoms.

Usually, the striking colors of the flowers and traditional garbs dazzles the many who gather to see the performance.

Date: March 29 (Sun) – Canceled

Time: 11 a.m.|12:30 p.m.|1:30 p.m.|3 p.m.

Location: Zuishin-in Temple

Admission: Adults: ¥800|Children: ¥400

Address 35, Ono Goryocho, Yamashina Ward, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 607-8257, Japan
Event time Hanezu Odori: At 11AM, 00:30PM, 1:30PM, 3PM

Kitano Odori – Canceled

Kitano Odori

Address 742, Shinseicho, Kamigyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 602-8381
Event time 2:00pm / 4:30pm (2 stages a day)

Yasurai Festival– Canceled

Yasurai FestivalHeld at the Imamiya Shrine on the second Sunday of every April, the Yasurai Festival is one of Kyoto’s “three unusual festivals.” Originating in the Heian period, this festival was passed down through the generations by the local townsfolk of Kyoto–sadly, until this year that is.
Usually, it’s said that if you go inside the big red umbrellas that feature prominently in the festival then you’d be blessed with a disease and disaster-free year.

Date: April 12 (Sun) – Canceled
Time: 12:30 p.m
Location: Imamiya Shrine
Admission: Free

Address 21 Murasakino imamiyacho kita-ku, Kyoto city
Event time *Parade : 12pm~ *Yasurai Dance at Imamiya shrine : around 3pm~

Heian Jingu Shrine Beni Shidare Concert – Canceled

Beni Shidare Concert The Heian Jingu Shrine Beni Shidare Concert is a concert held at the shrine’s East Shin’en Garden backlight by the illuminated weeping cherry trees of both the east and south Shin’en gardens.

Date: April 9 (Mon) – 12 (Sun) – Canceled
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Heian Jingu Shrine
Admission: ¥2,000/per person

Address Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto City, 606-8341
Event time You can enter from 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. (You have to enter the grounds before 8:30) The first concert is from 6:40 to 7:20 p.m., and the second one is from 7:50 to 8:30 p.m.

Miyako Odori – Canceled

Miyako OdoriMiyako Odori is an event featuring performances by local maiko and geiko held every April 1 to 27 at Gion Kobu Kaburenjo in Kyoto’s largest hanamachi, the Gion district.
At the event, you’re usually treated to the colorful kimono that the geisha usually wear when entertaining. The Miyako Odori is also a chance to see and meet multiple of these magnificent traditional Japanese performers at once.

Date: April 1 (Wed) – 27 (Mon) – Canceled
Times: Performance 1: 12:30 p.m|Second showing: 2:30 p.m.
  Performance 3: 4:30 p.m. *April 1 is performance 2 and 3 only
Location: Gion Kobu Kaburenjo
Admission: First class tickets: ¥5,500 (1F & 2F reserved seats)
Second class tickets: ¥4,000 (3F reserved seats)

Address 570-2 Gion machi minamigawa Higashiyama ku, Kyoto city
Event time Show Times: 1st show: 12:30 p.m - 2nd show: 2:30 p.m - 3rd show: 4:30 p.m - (April 1: 2nd & 3rd shows only)
Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
Sadly, due to the coronavirus, many of Kyoto’s long-held March and April festivals and events have been canceled. While you might not be able to enjoy any of the festivals this year, you can always head over to the specific event’s article and get a taste of what it might have been like if you were able to go. Heres hoping that all these events will go off without a hitch next year.
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