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Jidai Matsuri

Jidai Matsuri (Jidai=era, Matsuri=festival) will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008. Jidai Matsuri is one of the renowned three great festivals in Kyoto. (The other two are Aoi Matsuri in May and Gion Matsuri in July.)

The highlight of the festival is a procession of people in historical costumes. About 2000 people of 2km parade from Kyoto Gosho (old imperial palace) to Heian Shrine for 5hours. The participants in the procession wear period costumes representing styles from Meiji Eera (1868-1912) to Heian Era (794-1192).


A sympoium banquet will be held at Tokiwa-Shin-den in Yasaka Shrine. Yasaka Shrine is a famous Shinto shrine in Gion district, which is near the hotel area in Kyoto city.

All participants and accompanying persons are invited to attend the banquet.

Seiro-mon, west-gate of
Yasaka Shrine.
Nanro-mon, main gate of
Yasaka Shrine.
Main stage of Yasaka Shrine.
Nanro-mon and Main Stage.
A river and a bridge near
Hanami-Koji, Gion district.


  • Kyoto City Web (Public Relations Section) : Useful informations for visitors to Kyoto City.
    • Kyoto City Tourism and Culture Information System : Tourism section of Kyoto City.
    • Public transport in Kyoto : Info of bus and subway. How to ride, lines of subway, one-day pass card, etc.
    • Bus Map : We strongly recommend you to print out this map. The city structure of kyoto is a lattice-shaped grid. However, the bus line structure is very complex.
      • The nearest bus stops for Kyoto University is 'Hyakumanben' and 'Kyodai Seimon Mae'.
      • The nearest bus top for Yasaka Shrine is 'Gion', which can be seen in '(5) Higashiyama Area'.

Last-modified: 2007-11-07 (Wed) 03:18:02 (3762d)