Apr. 01, 2020 UPDATE

Aoi Matsuri Festival

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If you purchase the reserved seat (¥2,050), a brochure written both in English and Japanese would come along 8available onsite).
Information
Brochure written in Japanese and English is available if you purchase the reserved seat
Languages spoken
Japanese, English ( not always available)
PeriodMay 15th, every year *This event was canceled due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus.
VenueKyoto Imperial Palace, Shimogamo Jinja Shrine, Kamigamo Jinja Shrine
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Apr. 01, 2020 UPDATE

Aoi Matsuri Festival

- 葵祭 -
Traveler Friendly
If you purchase the reserved seat (¥2,050), a brochure written both in English and Japanese would come along 8available onsite).
Information
Brochure written in Japanese and English is available if you purchase the reserved seat
Languages spoken
Japanese, English ( not always available)
990 11 --- 0 reviews
PeriodMay 15th, every year *This event was canceled due to the situation surrounding the coronavirus.
VenueKyoto Imperial Palace, Shimogamo Jinja Shrine, Kamigamo Jinja Shrine
Story & Recommendation
One of the Three Main Festivals in Kyoto from Imperial Palace to Kamigamo Jinja Shrine
Known as one of the three main festivals in Kyoto, Aoi Matsuri is a large parade in Kyoto, in which over 500 people dressed in the aristocratic style of the Heian Period (794-1185) walk from the Imperial Palace to Kamigamo Jinja Shrine. Aoi is Japanese for species of wild ginger, and the festival is named after the Aoi leaves that are worn by the members of the procession (referred to japan-guide.com). This festival is an important ritual for both Shimogamo and Kamigamo Jinja Shrines. The procession will depart from the Kyoto Imperial Palace at 10:30am and slowly proceed to Kamigamo Jinja Shrine via Shimogamo Jinja Shrine. ▼Click here for Writer's Blog http://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_Aoi_Matsuri_Festival/
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Details
Event time
May 15th 10:30am - 3:30pm
Cancellations
It will be postponed until the following day in case of rain
Price range
*Parade seating tickets (¥2,050) are available at Kyoto City Tourism Association (https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/aoi/kanran.html)
Credit cards
Not accepted
Parade seating tickets are available (¥2,050) at Kyoto City Tourism Association. (https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/aoi/kanran.html) Please visit Kyoto Tourist Information Center in JR Kyoto Station on the 2nd floor (8:30am - 7:00pm). Two reserved areas are available for Aoi Matsuri: 1) Kyoto Imperial Palace (10:30am) and 2) Shimogamo Jinja Shrine (11:40am). Please note that the tickets are not refundable when the festival is postponed until the following day in case of rain.
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