Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Saigu Gyoretsu Procession

- 斎宮行列 -
Traveler Friendly
Even if you don’t understand Japanese, you will surely enjoy the beautiful long procession without any language ability! English website is available.
Information
English and Japanese official website is available
Languages spoken
Japanese only
PeriodOctober 20th, 2019
VenueNonomiya Shrine
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Feb. 28, 2019 UPDATE

Saigu Gyoretsu Procession

- 斎宮行列 -
Traveler Friendly
Even if you don’t understand Japanese, you will surely enjoy the beautiful long procession without any language ability! English website is available.
Information
English and Japanese official website is available
Languages spoken
Japanese only
1321 6 --- 0 reviews
PeriodOctober 20th, 2019
VenueNonomiya Shrine
Story & Recommendation
Elegant and luxurious long procession held in Arashiyama
Nonomiya Shrine was used to be a place where Saio, an unmarried princess, purified herself before heading to Ise Jingu Shrine which is known as the oldest shrine in Japan to serve the God and emperors. Located in Sagano where is popular for Arashiyama and the bamboo grove, Nonomiya Shrine has been a sacred place with Kuroki Torii which is the oldest style of torii gate in Japan and Koshiba-gaki which is a low fence made by small branches. Its beauty and sanctity were depicted in The Tale of Genji which is a classic work of Japanese literature written by a noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century in Heian Period in Japan. 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 who wear 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 offered in this procession!
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Event time
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.
Cancellations
Photo sessions will be held indoors in case of rain.
Price range
*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.
Credit cards
Not accepted (postal transfer only)
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