May. 22, 2019 UPDATE

Mifune Festival

- 三船祭 -
PeriodThe third Sunday of May, every year
VenueOigawa River in Arashiyama
Elegant boats event in Oigawa River in Arashiyama
Mifune Festival was started in commemoration of Showa Gotaiten, the Enthronement of the Emperor of Japan, since 1928. On the third Sunday of May, the boating in Heian Era is reproduced in Oigawa River in Arashiyama. Various kinds of traditional performances are played on the boats and a lady who was chosen by audition plays a role of Seishonagon, who is an author of the famous essay called Makuranososhi. You may enjoy the colorful clothes of people dressed in ancient costumes on the boats in Oigawa River. It is fun to see the boats decorated with dragon and bird’s heads, and each boat has its own role. For instance, there is a boat carrying musicians who play music, while dance performances are given on another boat, or poetry is recited on a different boat (Referred to Japan National Tourism Organization).
Floating colorful fans
Floating colorful fans
Japanese fans called Sensu of all colors are floated on the water surface by a lady dressed in 12 layers of kimono known as Junihitoe, producing a most exquisite and graceful spectacle. Please enjoy the elegant movements and try to catch the fans that lady sent to the river!
Music offering
Music offering
On the boat, there are musicians who play music for the dance performances on the other boat. They play Gagaku, the Japanese ancient court music, and you may be surprised by the interesting sounds that you cannot find in other countries!
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This is one of the famous festivals in Kyoto! As it is held in Kurumazaki Shrine in Arashiyama, you may enjoy both the festival and sightseeing in Arashiyama after the event. Please enjoy the colorful floating fans that ladies who wear the gorgeous kimono called Junihitoe sent to Oigawa River.
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Mifune Festival / 三船祭
Phone +81 75-861-0039
Address 23 Asahi-cho, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
Directions Take JR train from Kyoto Station and get off at Saga Arashiyama Station
Event time 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Notes Kurumazaki Shrine is also well-known for its patron deity of the performing arts. It is therefore visited by many famous stars who come here to offer prayers so that they can give better stage performances or rise in popularity. If you wish to sing or dance better, it might be a good idea to pay a visit to this shrine (Referred to Japan National Tourism Organization).
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Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
You will surely enjoy the interesting performances played on the boats!
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
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