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.
1st: Hatsu Mode, at all Shinto shrines.
3rd: Setsubun Sai (Bean-Throwing Festival) a large bonfire, on the grounds of Yoshida Shrine.
15th-17th: Seiryue Dragon Dance, Kiyomizu Temple.
25th: Baikaisai, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
1st-30th: Kyo Odori, in Gion's Miyagawacho Kaburenjo.
15th: Aoi Matsuri, Kamigamo Shrine & Shimogamo Shrine. It is thought to be the world's oldest festival, dating from the mid-6th century.
1st: Takigi Noh Performance, Heian Shrine. Noh performances illumincated by blazing torches at Heian Shrine.
17th: Gion Festival, Yasaka Shrine and downtown. One of Kyoto's Big Three Festivals.
16th: Daimonji, from 8pm. The traditional bonfire is lit to guide the souls of the dead back on their return journey to heaven.
8th: Karasuzumo, Kamigamo Shrine.
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.
1st-10th: Gion Odori, Gion Kaikan. Maiko and geisha dance and perform.
31st: Okera Maeri, Yasaka Shrine. A magical, crowded New Year's Eve.