Aug. 16, 2019 UPDATE

Kitano Tanabata festival

- 北野七夕祭 -
Traveler Friendly
As this festival is be held for long period of time, foreign visitors can easily join it! Although shrine staff don’t speak English, you may enjoy the beautiful festival atmosphere.
Information
Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean (On the official website)
Languages spoken
Japanese only
PeriodAugust 10th-12th, 16th-18th, 2019
VenueKitano Tenmangu Shrine
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Aug. 16, 2019 UPDATE

Kitano Tanabata festival

- 北野七夕祭 -
Traveler Friendly
As this festival is be held for long period of time, foreign visitors can easily join it! Although shrine staff don’t speak English, you may enjoy the beautiful festival atmosphere.
Information
Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean (On the official website)
Languages spoken
Japanese only
1322 2 --- 0 reviews
PeriodAugust 10th-12th, 16th-18th, 2019
VenueKitano Tenmangu Shrine
Story & Recommendation
Summer event to celebrate Star Festival in Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
There is an event called Tanabata (Star) Festival in July 7th in Japan. It is famous as there is a romantic folk tale that the couple stars, the Lyre and Altair of Aquila, can meet only once a year in the night of July 7th (this day is called “Tanabata”). On this day, people of all ages will write their wishes on the strip of paper called “Tanzaku” and hang them on the bamboo trees as it is believed that your wish will be granted. In summer, there are many events to celebrate Star Festival in Japan. In Kyoto, the big Star Festival “Kyo no Tanabata (Star Festival of Kyoto)” will be held. Since Tanabata was held in August in the old calendar, Kyo no Tanabata is also taken place around the same time. Kyo no Tanabata is held for 2 weeks in the beginning of August and there are many events such as nighttime illuminations in several places, Water Art Projection near the river, dance performance by Maiko and so on. This time, we would like to introduce “Kitano Tanabata Festival” held in Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is located in the center of Kyoto and is also famous for the street fair known as “Tenjin-san” which is open to public on the 25th of every month. In this Star Festival, summer festival dances by Maiko and Geiko, concerts of Japanese drums and nighttime illumination of bamboo trees and strip of papers will be offered. As there are many exiting and visionary events during the festival, let’s join and enjoy the Star Festival in Kitano Tenmangu Shrine!
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Event time
The Star Festival (also called as Tanabata Matsuri Festival): August 10th-12th, 16th-18th. Kamishichiken Tanabata Bon Odori (summer festival dance performed by Maiko and Geiko): August 11th at 4pm~ Nighttime illumination: August 10th-12th,16th-18th from the evening. (These events are just a part of the Kitano Tanabata Festival. There are other interesting events as well!)
Cancellations
It will be cancel in case of rain and wind
Price range
Free (paper mulberry figured strip of paper: charged, strip of paper set: charged, Mizu-ura Mikuji fortune-telling for ¥300)
Credit cards
Not accepted
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