The gorgeous procession of the Jidai Matsuri brings historical Kyoto clothing and equipment into the present
The Kyoto Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto's "Three Great Festivals." It has been held since 1895. This event—which celebrates the 1,100 years of history from Heian-kyo to modern day Kyoto—was also started to express collective feelings regarding the development of Kyoto. The gorgeous display of clothing from each period worn by roughly 2,000 performers will definitely leave a lasting impression. The procession lasts about 2.5 hours and walks approximately 4.5km from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine. Visitors may view the event from the side of the path or from paid seating. Special attention should be paid to the traditional clothing and equipment, which artisans meticulously recreated by hand. Remember that it can get very crowded on the day of the festival, so visitors who wish to take pictures should be considerate of those around them. ▼Click here for Writer's Blog https://sharing-kyoto.com/Blog/b_jidai_matsuri_festival/
The people in the procession are dressed up in the garb of each era—stretching from the Meiji Period of 1868 back to the Enryaku Period of 800. The "Ladies of the Heian Period" is a particular highlight. Famous historical women appear in the beautiful and colorful clothing of the time. Be sure to also pay attention to their hair styles as well.
This oxcart has been beautifully decorated. The children who hold the reins of the ox are super cute as well. We recommend watching the procession from Karasuma-dori. The path is narrow there, so visitors will get the chance to see the oxcart up close.
Purchase tickets for paid seating
These pamphlets contain information about the procession and the historical background and the text is in both English and Japanese. You can enjoy the event even more when they check out the pictures as you watch the procession go by. Pamphlets cost ¥500. *Picture shows pamphlet cover * The photograph above is an example of the scenes which can be viewed from the paid seating area * Tickets may be purchased at the locations below. Kyoto Tourist Information Center (H.I.S) http://his-kyoto.com/ Osaka Tourist Information Center(H.I.S) http://his-osaka.com/ Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto(JTB) http://www.tic-kansai.jp/kyoto/
Purchase a pamphlet
These pamphlets contain information about the procession and the historical background. The text is in English and Japanese, and visitors may enjoy the event even more if they look at the pictures as they watch the procession go by. A pamphlet costs ¥500. * Picture shows the cover of the pamphlet
Manner & Tips
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Please mind the rules while the procession passes, such as staying in the designated area. Please place rubbish into rubbish bins.
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Kyoto Jidai Matsuri / 時代祭
|Phone||+81 75-761-0221（Heian Shrine）|
|Address||Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8341|
|Directions||10-minute walk from Subway Tozai Line Higashiyama Station.|
|Event time||Around 12:00PM - 4:30PM (the final procession arrives at the Heian Shrine)|
|Cancellations||In the event of rain (will be postponed until the 23rd)|
|Notes||Notifications regarding rain delays will be available from 7AM on the day of the procession. Please check the website below for the latest information. http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/ Telephone: 075-761-0221 (Heian Shrine)|
Paid seating is ¥2,050 per seat
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
Flyers given out at tourist information centers or stations include information in English
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|