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[Jidai Matsuri]

Customs and history on display in a parade which sees historical figures striding through the streets of Kyoto

The parade began in 1895 as an event to celebrate the foundation of Heian Jingu Shrine and the 1100th anniversary of the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo (the city which is now Kyoto). The parade, which recreates the customs and history of every age from the Meiji Restoration to the Enryaku period (782 - 806 AD), sets out from Kyoto Imperial Palace and makes its way to Heian Jingu Shrine. The costumes are made using traditional Kyoto techniques, and recreate each period in the finest detail and with the minutest attention to historical accuracy. The parade has everything from utilitarian items to gorgeous and elegant garments, and also offers spectators a glimpse into the political world of each age. Ryoma Sakamoto, Nobunaga Oda and various other figures with a connection with Kyoto also make an appearance. Also, paid spectator seats are provided at Kyoto Imperial Gardens and along Oike Street and the approach to Heian Jingu Shrine.
Date October 22nd, 2017 (Postponed in the event of rain: decision made early on the morning of the day)
* The Jidai Matsuri is scheduled to be held every year in October.
Location Start: 3 Kyoto Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Kyoto Imperial Palace)
End: Okazaki Nishi Tenno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto (Heian Jingu Shrine)
Phone +81-75-213-1717 (Kyoto City Tourism Association) (English available)
Paid spectator seat 2,050 yen (All seats by reservation. Pamphlet included.)
Kyoto Imperial Gardens, Oike Street and the approach to Heian Jingu Shrine
Access Start: Take the Karasuma Line of Kyoto municipal subway from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 10 minutes, alight at "Marutamachi Station" and walk for approx. 5 minutes.
End: Take the Kyoto City Bus bound for Kiyomizu-dera / Ginkaku-ji from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 26 minutes, alight at "Okazaki Koen Bijutsukan / Heian Jingu-mae", and walk for approx. 5 minutes.
* Travel time by bus is only an estimate. The bus may be delayed or suspended according to traffic conditions, etc.
URL https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/jidai/course.html

updated on Mar 30, 2018

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