Sep. 07, 2023 UPDATE
Awata Festival- 粟田祭 -
Although staff don't speak English, brochure written in English (not entirely) is available.
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PeriodOctober 7th - 9th and 15th , 2023
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The biggest festival held in Awata Shrine
Located in the south part of Kyoto, Awata Shrine was reported to Emperor in Heian Era (about 794 - 1185). The deities that this shrine is dedicated to are “Susanowonomikoto” and “Oonamuchinomikoto”. They have been revered by local people as departure patron through the ages. Awata Festival, known as the biggest festival of this shrine, consists of five Shinto ritual and events. After being held Oide Festival, Yowatari Shinji (Shinto ritual) will be held next day. In this Shinto ritual, group of people who hold “Awata huge lanterns (Awata daitourou)” will parade around the shrine. On the next day, Shinkosai Festival will be held. People who hold Kenhoko, long-handled spears, and Mikoshi, portable shrines, will parade from Awata Shrine. On October 15th, Reitaisai Ritual will be held and the biggest festival will finally be over.
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Oide Matsuri Festival 10pm on October 7th Yowatari Shinji (Shinto ritual) 6pm on October 8th Shinkosai Festival around 12:20pm on October 9th Kankosai Festival around 6pm on October 9th Reitaisai Ritual 11am on October 15th
Cancelled in case of typhoon