Many religious and cultural celebrations take place all across the city throughout the year. Tourists are more than welcome to attend and partake in these fun-filled and exciting Kyoto festivals and events.
|Toshiya festival||A 400-year-old archery competition held at the Sanjusangen-do temple as part of the ‘coming of age’ day celebrations.||Second Sunday of January|
|Aoi matsuri||The Aoi Matsuri is a large procession that starts at the Imperial Palace and ends at the Kamigamo Shrine to appease the Shinto deities.||May 15|
|Gion matsuri||The millennia-old Gion Matsuri takes place across Kyoto. It’s one of the 3 main festivals held in the city and consists of parades to appease and entertain the Shinto gods.||July 1 – July 31|
|Daimonji fire festival||Each year in August fires in the shape of kanji characters burn on the hillsides of Kyoto City.||August 16|
|Jidai matsuri||The Jidai Matsuri is a 5-hour long parade that starts at the Kyoto Imperial Palace to commemorate and celebrate the city after the capital was moved from here to Tokyo.||October 22|