Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival)

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Gion Matsuri originated from praying for preventing the spread of plague about 1,100 years ago. It begins on July 1 with the “Kippu-iri” ritual, and continues until the “Eki-jinja-nagoshi-harae” on the 31st. The best highlight of the festival is the Yama Hoko Junko grand procession. From 2014 the Former Festival (Saki Matsuri) procession on 17th, and Latter Festival (Ato Matsuri) procession on 24th will be held. 29 floats out of 33 are designated as the important intangible cultural properties. The festival was selected on September 30, 2009 to be added to the list of intangible cultural heritages of humanity.

Basic information

Ideal season

From early July To late July


From July 1 to July 31

Venue name

Yasaka-jinja Shrine and each Yamaboko-cho


Kyoto City


Shijo Sta. on the Subway Karasuma Line, Karasuma Sta. on the Hankyu Kyoto Line, Shijo-Karasuma Bus Stop by Kyoto City Bus, or Gion-Shijo Sta. on the Keihan Main Line

Access to Kyoto by the Sea

Access to Kyoto in the Forests

Access to Kyoto Infused with Tea

Access to Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove

Contact information


Yasaka-jinja Shrine and each Yamaboko-cho


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