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Apr. 07, 2020 UPDATE

Nagashibina

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Float a nagashibina doll down the Mitarashi River and experience a unique Japanese cultural experience.
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Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
PeriodEvery March 3
VenueShimogamo Shrine
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Apr. 07, 2020 UPDATE

Nagashibina

- 流し雛 -
Traveler Friendly
Float a nagashibina doll down the Mitarashi River and experience a unique Japanese cultural experience.
Information
Japanese only
Languages spoken
Japanese only
575 3 --- 0 reviews
PeriodEvery March 3
VenueShimogamo Shrine
Story & Recommendation
Ceremonial Court Kimono Floating Dolls and Prayers for Children's Health
Celebrated every March 3, Japan's hinamatsuri is a festival held to pray for the healthy growth and happiniess the country's young girls. However, at the Shimogamo Shrine's celebration of hinamatsuri, a ceremony known as the nagashibina is held. During the ceremony, paper dolls are placed in woven baskets and floated down the Shimogamo Shrine's famous Mitarsahi River.
Originally, the act of floating the dolls down the river was meant to pray for the health of one's daughter and attract evil forces away from her by having the doll stand in her stead. However, nowadays, not many regions still practice the ceremony. While modern celebrations of the hinamatsuri tend to include dolls adorned in brightly colored traditional clothes atop podiums, nagashibina features only a simple male and female doll made of colored paper. Shimogamo Shrine's hinamatsuri starts at 11 a.m.
In addition to the nagashibina, you can also take photos of hina ningyo dolls and see the dressing of an extremely complex and elegant traditional Heian period court kimono known as a junihitoe in the morning, so we highly recommend getting to the shrine as early as possible!
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Event time
Ceremony: from 11 a.m. Nagashibina: from 12 a.m.
Cancellations
If heavy rain, the ceremony will move to inside the main hall
Price range
Nagashibina: Small: ¥500 Large: ¥1,000
Credit cards
Not accepted
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