Nov. 13, 2019 UPDATE
Meigetsu Kangensai Festival- 名月管絃祭 -
Although local people mainly join this event, there still are many foreign visitors. Please feel free to come as it is easy to access!
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PeriodOctober 1th, 2020
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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!
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
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
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!