The annual calender is full of interesting and unique cultural events. From the the Aoi Festival in May to the Gozan Fire Festival in August there is always something to see and experience.

In addition, one a more personal level we can help you arrange traditional activities like tea ceremonies, individual Japanese cooking classes, Kimono dressing techniques and more.

January

1st: Hatsu Mode, at all Shinto shrines.

February

3rd: Setsubun Sai (Bean-Throwing Festival) a large bonfire, on the grounds of Yoshida Shrine.

March

15th-17th: Seiryue Dragon Dance, Kiyomizu Temple.

25th: Baikaisai, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.

April

1st-30th: Kyo Odori, in Gion's Miyagawacho Kaburenjo.

May

15th: Aoi Matsuri, Kamigamo Shrine & Shimogamo Shrine. It is thought to be the world's oldest festival, dating from the mid-6th century.

June

1st: Takigi Noh Performance, Heian Shrine. Noh performances illumincated by blazing torches at Heian Shrine.

July

17th: Gion Festival, Yasaka Shrine and downtown. One of Kyoto's Big Three Festivals.

August

16th: Daimonji, from 8pm. The traditional bonfire is lit to guide the souls of the dead back on their return journey to heaven.

September

8th: Karasuzumo, Kamigamo Shrine.

October

22nd: Jidai Matsuri, Imperial Palace and Heian Shrine. Roughly 1,700 marchers dressed as figures from Japanese history walk in a five-hour-long parade.

November

1st-10th: Gion Odori, Gion Kaikan. Maiko and geisha dance and perform.

December

31st: Okera Maeri, Yasaka Shrine. A magical, crowded New Year's Eve.