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The Kyoto International Photography Festival offers a fascinating insight into the art of photography in exhibition spaces throughout the city, both inspired and inspiring.
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Baikasai in Kitano Tenmangu
Kitano Tenmangu plums are sought after throughout Kansai, and the blooming of the 1,500 plum blossoms is a very popular sight!
Miyako Odori, one of Kyoto's most popular festivals, invites you to pay tribute to these small pink-tinted flowers.
The August 1 Hassaku Ceremony
The Hina Nagashi Festival
Roads filled with flowers and light...This is the meaning of the term Hanatouro.
Kodaiji Temple Illuminations & Projection Mapping
Three times a year in spring, summer and autumn, Kodaiji Temple is illuminated at night and stages a 3-minute projection mapping show.
Like Rome, Kyoto didn't happen in a day. The two thousand participants parading during the Jidai Matsuri honor the memory of the great figures who helped shape the city's long history.
Daimon-ji Gozan Okuribi
In summer, the humidity of Kyoto loosens its imprint at dusk.
A sight to see... as a procession of about five hundred richly dressed locals marches on May 15 through Kyoto's main streets!
The impressive Kiyomizu-dera, a temple on magnificent stilts, offers a spectacle three times a year worthy of a visit to celebrate the dragon god Seiryu.
Every March, generally the second week, the Higashiyama district is adorned with two thousand five hundred lanterns placed on the ground which illuminate the alleys and other remar
Fireworks explode in the sky and reflect off the night waters under the gaze of a packed crowd. Summer fireworks are a tradition in Japan.
Less than 20 minutes by train from Kyoto in Kameoka, peace illuminates the sky with a magnificent fireworks display.
This major tourist attraction, a popular festival but more specifically an ancestral celebration, is one of the most famous Japanese festivals.
The Takigi Noh Festival
Noh theater is even more subtle and mysterious when performed on the dark, nighttime backgdrop of Heian Jingu Shrine.
Brought back from China in the 13th century by a craftsman by the name of KATO Shirozaemon, the techniques for creating ceramics had immense success in Japan.
Nippon to Asobo
Clamour of the street, children running, families walking around to the rhythm of the shows that resonate in the city... Celebrate peace in Japan and harmony with
The curtain rises on porcelain dolls as The Kyo Odori celebrates the arrival of spring with songs and dances performed by geiko (geisha) and apprentices, maik
Sweet habit, every 25 of the month, to go to the flea market of Kitano Tenmangu. On February 25, however, a charming tea ceremony, a nodate, a little more occasional.
Daimonji Festival Kyoto
Daimonji Festival Kyoto, Kyoto. Read about the August Daimonji Festival held in Kyoto where various hills in Kyoto are lit up with burning kanji characters.
Kurama Fire Festival
Fire Festival Kurama, Kyoto. Read about the October Fire Festival held in Kurama, Kyoto.
Yoiyama Festival & Gion Matsuri
Yoiyama Festival is part of Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and takes places on July 16 every year - read a guide to Yoiyama and the Gion Matsuri.
Kurama no Hi Matsuri
A matsuri (festival) in glowing flames and colorful lights is to be discovered in the charming mountain village of Kurama, just half an hour from the center of Kyoto.
Colorful and luminous water lanterns, followed by fireworks: in Yagi, mid-August is marked by superb ceremonies.
Uji river fireworks
The city of Genji Monogatari offers a nice fireworks display (August 10) on the banks of the Ujigawa, more intimate and convivial than the major events of the genre.
Tanabata to Kyoto
Lovebirds from all over the world gather to Kyoto to embrace each other under pastel cherry trees or flaming maples.
Since 1872, the Pontochô Kaburenjo theater has been hosting “the dances of the Kamo river” - the one that winds slowly through the Pontochô district - one month a year at the end of spring (variabl
Aoi Festival Kyoto May 15
The AOi Festival takes place annually on May 15 and involves a procession in period costume between Shimo and Kamogamo shrines.
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