Woodland Kyoto

Ayabe Minatsuki Festival

Late July

It is said that this festival began with a tradition of sending lanterns floating down the river as a memorial service for the ancestors of the locals, and now it is this summer festival that lights up the summer in central Kyoto. Approximately 10,000 colorful lanterns are floated down the Yura River, and fireworks are subsequently launched from around the middle of the river. This area has a basin-like terrain, and the sound of the launches echo throughout the city—sometimes as far as to Maizuru City in the north. This summer festival gives the city of Tamba the nickname, "city of falling stars."

Fireworks Launch Site, Yura River, Ayabe City
22 Funanoue, Mikata-cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto Prefecture
15 minutes walk from Ayabe Station on the JR Sanin Line
Date & Time
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Within the Ayabe Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Festival Association) 0773-42-0701