Sep. 15, 2023 UPDATE
Saigu Gyoretsu Procession- 斎宮行列 -
Even if you don’t understand Japanese, you will surely enjoy the beautiful long procession without any language ability! English website is available.
English and Japanese official website is available
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PeriodOctober 15th, 2023
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An elegant and luxurious long procession held in Arashiyama
Nonomiya Shrine was the place where Saio, an unmarried princess, purified herself before heading to the Ise Jingu Shrine, known as the oldest shrine in Japan, to serve the gods and emperors. Located in Sagano, popular for Arashiyama and the bamboo grove, Nonomiya Shrine has been a sacred place with “Kuroki Torii”, the oldest style of torii gate in Japan, and “Koshiba-gaki”, a low fence made of small branches. Its beauty and sanctity were depicted in The Tale of Genji, a classic work of Japanese literature written by the noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century in the Heian Period. Nonomiya Shrine has been receiving reverence from all over Japan as the deity of marriage and pregnancy. Saigu Gyoretsu Procession consists of about 100 people wearing gorgeous and luxurious clothes to recreate the scene of “Saio Gunko”, which was a long trip to Ise from Kyoto with hundreds of attendants. It is said that it took about 5-6 days to get to Ise by stopping by 6 temporary shrines. Please also enjoy the ancient court music played in this procession!
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The procession will depart Nonomiya Shrine around noon and they will parade in procession from Arashiyama Station through Togetsukyo Bridge via Tenryu-ji Temple. The procession will arrive at the Arashiyama boat boarding area around 1:30pm. Onmisogi-no-gi, the purification ceremony will be held at 2pm and then the ancient court music will be offered accordingly.
Photo sessions will be held indoors in case of rain.
*If you would like to join the procession, it will be charged as below. A lady of a court ￥30,000 A public servant ￥30,000 A public servant riding on a horse ￥200,000 Elementary school children ￥20,000 A child taking part in a festive procession ￥5,000 ※ A half amount of the procession participation fee will be refunded in case of rain.
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