May. 30, 2018 UPDATE

Kifune Festival

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Traveler Friendly
Many foreign visitors join this festival! Although no English brochure is available, a water written oracle called “Mizuuramikuji” in multiple languages is popular among visitors.
Information
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
PeriodJune 1st, every year
VenueKifune Shrine
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May. 30, 2018 UPDATE

Kifune Festival

- 貴船祭 -
Traveler Friendly
Many foreign visitors join this festival! Although no English brochure is available, a water written oracle called “Mizuuramikuji” in multiple languages is popular among visitors.
Information
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
958 11 --- 0 reviews
PeriodJune 1st, every year
VenueKifune Shrine
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The most important festival of the year in Kifune Shrine
Located in the north of Kyoto, Kifune Shrine enshrines a deity of water called “Taka-Okami-no-Kami”. Water is the source of life for human beings and “Taka-Okami-no-Kami” provides rain, sun, clouds and gives us life. Kifune Shrine is looked up to as the head shrine of all 500 divisions of a tutelary deity all over Japan. Kifune Festival is held every year on June 1st and is the most important festival to pray for the bumper crop and be thankful for the water resource. It starts in the main hall of the shrine and offers an elegant court dance and music. Then the portable shrines leave the main hall and head toward “Okumiya”, located behind the main shrine. There, children join the ritual to go around the rock in the form of a boat to pray for their healthy growth. Shinto music and dance based on the myth will be offered by chief priests and shrine parishioners from Shimane Prefecture. This festival takes about 7 hours in total.
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