Aug. 24, 2018 UPDATE

Nagashi bina

- 流し雛 -
PeriodMarch 3rd, every year
VenueShimogamo shrine
Pray for children's health and happiness by flowing a doll
Hina Matsuri (Doll festival) is one of the traditional Japanese celebrations to pray for young girl growth and happiness. Shimogamo shrine doll festival is held on March 3rd and ‘Nagashi bina’(flow dolls)is the highlight event in this festival. Dolls are put on the straw and flow into the Mitarashi river which is the famous river in Shimogamo Shrine. The doll festival origin is to repel an uncleanness by entrusting these to the doll. Some regions maintain flow dolls culture still now. In the modern time, dolls are wearing colorful clothes, but flow dolls clothes are simple clothes which are made with color paper. And usually a flow doll is a couple doll of men and women. The starting time of doll festival is 11am. In addition to that, some events where you can see the dressing of the junihitoe which is an extremely elegant and highly complex kimono or taking the photo with dolls are held in the morning. Please visit in the morning! ▼Click here for Writer's Blog
The couple of dolls are coming from the main hall and the ceremony is started from 11am. At first, a flowing doll is practiced by guests in order to pray for successful completion of the doll festival
Flowing dolls
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Flowing dolls
After the ceremony, visitors are also participate in the flowing doll event. You should purchase dolls in advance. Dolls are sold from around 10 am. Price is 500 yen for small one, and big one is 1000 yen. Please join the flowing doll event for your children's health and happiness!
Take a photo with doll
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Take a photo with doll
A set of dolls is displayed at the main hall. Visitor can take a photo with the dolls during 9:30 am to 10 am. And the junihitoe dressing show also takes place from 10:30am. The doll festival has a lot of fun events also before the ceremony.
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I didn't know about flowing doll event though I’m a Japanese girl! Actually, it is an old style. In the modern time, it just display a set of dolls inherited from generation to generation and celebrate with a hina arare, hina mochi or hina sake. It is a good and rare opportunity to experience a Japanese traditional style culture. An atmosphere of flowing dolls is fantastic, please visit and join the doll festival.
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Nagashi bina / 流し雛
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 Ceremony, around 11am- Flowing doll, around 12am-
Cancellations In the case of heavy rain, the venue will change to the inside of the hall
Price range
Flowing doll Small 500 yen Big 1000 yen
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
You can also participate in a Japanese traditional culture by flowing the doll
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only

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