Mar. 26, 2019 UPDATE

Popular Kyoto Jidai Matsuri

- 時代祭 -
PeriodOctober 22nd, every year
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
The Procession
The Procession
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
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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) Osaka Tourist Information Center(H.I.S) Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto(JTB)
Purchase a pamphlet
4Let's join!
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
- Manner & Tips -
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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Jidai Matsuri is held every autumn and many people take part in the historical re-enactment parade. This parade is a must for history freaks, but even those that are not so into history should enjoy themselves looking at the men on horses with katanas and the women wearing beautiful kimonos.
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At this festival you can see Japanese history from Edo period all the way to the ancient Heian period. You can also see men dressed as shoguns and women wearing the 12-layered junihitoe kimono, so this festival is sure to excite Japanophiles!
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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. Telephone: 075-761-0221 (Heian Shrine)
Price range
Paid seating is ¥2,050 per seat
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Flyers given out at tourist information centers or stations include information in English
Information English
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
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