Jul. 09, 2019 UPDATE

Meigetsu Kangensai Festival

- 名月管絃祭 -
PeriodSeptember 13th, 2019
VenueShimogamo Shrine
Adore the beautiful moonlight with Japanese court dance and music
Shimogamo Shrine is one of the World Heritage Sites chosen by UNESCO. The shrine is surrounded by trees emitting fresh air to its surroundings making visitors feel very relaxed. The shrine is founded in the 6th century making it one of the oldest in Japan. Many events are held in Shimogamo Shine such as Aoi Matsuri Festival which is regarded as one of the main three festivals in Kyoto. Meigetsu Kangensai Festival is taken place to adore the beautiful moonlight while enjoying the orchestra in the shrine garden. On the stage, court dance and music (free) and tea ceremony (¥800 for an advance ticket/ ¥1,000 for a day ticket) will be offered for guests. On the road to the entrance of Shimogamo Shrine, “Kagaribi Fair” will be held with about 20 long-established tea shops. Please enjoy the fine taste of Japanese desserts in this event!
Court dance
Court dance
During this event, there will be a court dance offering on the stage. You can have a seat while enjoying it (only limited numbers of seats/ free). If you wish to see a court dance in Japan, it normally costs money. However, you can enjoy the very traditional court dance in Shimogamo Shrine for free. Please enjoy in the calm evening of autumn season.
Shimogamo ancient music group
Shimogamo ancient music group
This is served by Shimogamo ancient music group and you will surely enjoy the elegant dance and music played by ladies. Not only the court dance, but there is a play of Japanese harp called “Koto”. Please also enjoy the classical sound of Japan.
Adore the moon and enjoy Japanese desserts from the food vendors
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Adore the moon and enjoy Japanese desserts from the food vendors
On the night of the event day, you can see the beautiful full moon if lucky. Please enjoy the gorgeous moon while watching and listening to the Japanese court dance and music. On the road to the entrance of Shimogamo Shrine, there are many long-established Japanese dessert shops. Please feel free to try them!
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I often visit Shimogamo Shrine for a short walk in Tadasuno Mori Forest in the precinct of Shimogamo Shrine. It is very refreshing to feel a nature closely even in the town area. Lots of events and festivals are held in Shimogamo Shrine and this “Meigetsu Kangensai Festival” is a seasonal event to adore the beautiful moon. Not only the moon itself, but you can also enjoy the Japanese court dance and music as well as Japanese desserts you can get on the road to the entrance of Shimogamo Shrine!
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Meigetsu Kangensai Festival / 名月管絃祭
Phone +81 75-781-0010
Address 59, Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-0807
Directions 12-minute walk from Keihan Line Demachiyanaghi Stn. 【From JR Kyoto Station】 From JR Kyoto Station, take the city bus line 205 toward Shijo Kawaramachi Kitaoji Bus Terminal and get off at Shimogamo Jinja-mae. (30 min.)
Event time 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Cancellations No postponement for rain
Price range
Tea ceremony (¥800 for an advance ticket/ ¥1,000 for a day ticket)
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Although local people mainly join this event, there still are many foreign visitors. Please feel free to come as it is easy to access!
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
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