Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Gokounomiya Shinkosai Festival

- 御香宮神幸祭 -
PeriodOctober 5th - 13th, 2019
VenueGokounomiya Shrine
Dynamic Hanagasa parade and gorgeous Mikoshi in Fushimi
Unknown for its foundation year, Gokounomiya Shrine is worshipped as the deity of an easy delivery. The name of the shine was originally different but changed after the fact that an Emperor Seiwa found the scented water in the well of the precinct. Therefore, the name of the shrine became Gokounomiya Shrine which literally means the great scented shrine. In Gokounomiya Shrine where is located in Fushimi area in Kyoto, “Gokounomiya Shinkosai Festival” will be held in October. As this Shinkosai festival lasts for 9 days, a lot of people will visit to enjoy the festival atmosphere. During the Shinkosai festival, there will be the children Sumo wrestling and performance of court dance and music as well as the Japanese vertical bamboo flute. One of the highlights is Hanagasa (a type of conical hat adorned with flowers used in Japanese traditional performing arts) procession which will be held on the 1st and 8th days of the festival called “Yoimiyasai Festival”. This procession will be going through the shopping district in the lively atmosphere. On the last day of the festival, there will be a gorgeous Mikoshi (portable shrine) procession. Please also enjoy more than 100 various stalls during the festival!
Hanagasa procession
Hanagasa procession
This is one of the highlights of the Shinkosai festival. Hanagasa is a type of conical hat adorned with flowers used in Japanese traditional performing arts. Hanagasa procession will be taken place in the shopping street in Fushimi area where lots of people gather. This parade will move in the procession with various kinds of decorated Hanagasa. Please enjoy the colorful and various Hanagasa in this Shinkosai festival!
Mikoshi procession
Mikoshi procession
Mikoshi is a portable shrine carried by men mostly in a festival. This Mikoshi procession will be taken place on the last day of the festival as one of the biggest events. Formerly, “Senhime Mikoshi” which was offered for the birth of Senhime who was a granddaughter of Tokugawa Ieyasu Shogun was carried by men in this Shinkosai festival. However, since it is too heavy, this Mikoshi is not carried today. Instead, it is displayed in the precinct of the shrine during the Shinkosai festival.
Stalls in the Shinkosai festival
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Stalls in the Shinkosai festival
There will be more than 100 stalls in the precinct of the shrine during the Shinkosai festival and it will be crowded with lots of visitors. We recommend that you try some Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki that are usually eaten in a festival in Japan.
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Gokounomiya Shrine is also famous for the beautiful Japanese garden. Beautifully colored Japanese maple leaves will look very pretty in the garden especially in the autumn season. Please enjoy the gorgeous red colored Honden, the main shrine, as it is registered as the National important cultural properties. Please have fun in this Shinkosai festival with the dynamic Hanagasa and beautiful Mikoshi processions as well as the stalls!
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Gokounomiya Shinkosai Festival / 御香宮神幸祭
Phone +81 75-611-0559
Address 174 Monzen-cho, Gokounomiya, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan
Directions 【From Kyoto Station】 Take Kintetsu Kyoto Line from Kyoto Station and get off at Momoyama Goryo Mae Station It takes about 5-minute walk from the station
Event time October 5th (Sat) – 13th (Sun) 5th and 12th of October: Hanagasa procession at 7PM 13th: Mikoshi procession at 9AM
Cancellations No
Price range
It will cost if you order some food or play some games at the stalls.
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Although English brochure or any information in foreign languages are unavailable, you will surely enjoy the festival atmosphere without any Japanese language.
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
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