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[Gion Matsuri]

A Kyoto summer symbol: gorgeously decorated yamahoko floats

Gion Matsuri, the quintessential Kyoto summer tradition. Various Shinto rituals are held over the space of a month. Two highlights are the float parades which take place before and after the festival: the Saki no Matsuri Yamahoko Junko of 23 floats on July 17th and the Ato no Matsuri Yamahoko Junko of 10 floats on July 24th. The "tsuji-mawashi" (turning of the floats) when they take a corner at an intersection is a particularly spectacular sight. The floats are entered in the parade by districts of the city, and at the "Yoiyama" event before the Saki no Matsuri, spectators get a fantastical treat for their eyes and their ears as each district adorns its float with lanterns to the accompaniment of Gion festival music. Shijo Karasuma, the area where the floats stand ready, becomes a pedestrian's paradise abustle with people in yukatas carrying fans, come to admire the floats and enjoy the night stalls. Paid spectator seats are available for both the Saki no Matsuri event on July 17th and the Ato no Matsuri event 24th.
Posted photos Main Yamahoko Junko
Date July 1st to 31st, 2016
Location 625, Kitagawa, Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
* There are several event locations. Please see the Kyoto City Tourism Association's website for details.
Phone +81-75-213-1717 (Kyoto City Tourism Association) (English available)
Paid spectator seats July 17th (Saki no Matsuri), July 24th (Ato no Matsuri)
3,180 yen each (All seats by reservation. Pamphlet included.)
Oike Street
Access Take the Kyoto City Bus bound for Gion / Kitaoji Bus Terminal from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 21 minutes, alight at "Gion".
* Travel time by bus is only an estimate. The bus may be delayed or suspended according to traffic conditions, etc.

updated on Aug 31, 2016

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