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[Gion Matsuri]

A Kyoto summer symbol: gorgeously decorated yamahoko floats

Gion Matsuri, the quintessential Kyoto summer tradition. At Yasaka Shrine, many different rituals and festivities take place over the course 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. At the Yoiyama event before the parade, 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. The place bustles with people who come to admire the floats in yukatas with fans in their hand. 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, 2019
* The Gion Matsuri is scheduled to be held every year from July 1st to 31st.
Location 625, Kitagawa, Gion-machi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto (Yasaka Shrine)
* 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 are assigned seating. Includes a pamphlet, which will be passed out on-site.)
* Available for both the Saki no Matsuri Yamahoko Junko on July 17th and the Ato no Matsuri Yamahoko Junko on July 24th.
Access Take the Karasuma Line of Kyoto municipal subway from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 4 minutes, and alight at "Shijo Station".

updated on Jul 19, 2019

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