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Jidai Matsuri Festival

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Jidai Matsuri Festival is one of three Kyoto's most important festivals held in autumn. The procession starts with soldiers from the Bakumatsu (the end of the Edo period), proceeding Kyoto's main street playing flutes. The procession will be followed by the participants wearing each era's costume from the Edo period, Azuchi Momoyama, Yoshino, Muromachi, Kamakura, Fujiwara, then to Enryaku. A colorful, exotic costume party dedicated to the Old Capital's 1,100-year history from the 8th to 20th century.
The 2-km procession which consists of about 2,000 people (including 70 horses, 2 cows, horse cart and cow carriages) departs from the Imperial Palace and slowly makes its way through the streets of Kyoto taking about 2 hours. The fantastic range of authentic historical costumes worn by the participants will fascinate audience.
*For viewing the procession, the charged seats are recommended which will be set at the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Oike Street and Heian Jingu shrine.

●Main characters participating in the procession
Ishin Kinno-tai branch: The Imperial loyalist troops from Yamaguni-tai branch from the Tamba area
Anti-shogunate patriots from the end of the Edo period: KatsuraKogoro, Sakamoto Ryoma, Nakaoka Shintaro, etc.
Tokugawa's servants: The modern-day warrior wearing their costumes
Women of the Edo period: Kojo Kazunomiya, Rengetsu-ni, Yoshino-tayu, etc.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his servants: One of the famous warlord, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and his servants, etc.
Oda Nobunaga clan: Oda Nobunaga, Hashiba Hidesyoshi, Shibata Katsuie, etc.
The Muromachi Period: The Ashikaga shogunate administrators, etc. and costumes, etc. of the time
Kusunoki clan: Kusunoki Masashige and Masasue, etc. with samurai armor putting on
Women of the Middle Age period: Ohara-me, Katsura-me, Abutsu-ni, Shizuka-gozen, etc.
Jonan-gu's Yabusame group: The Yabusame, archery on horseback with their costumes on
Fujiwara clan: The civil service officer and military officer wearing costumes.
Women in the Heian period: Murasaki Shikibu, Seisho-nagon, Ono-no-komachi, etc.
Military Officer of the Enryaku period: Wearing the costume of the departing time for the war by Sakanoue no Tamuromaro, a military officer of the Heian period
Civil Servant of the Enryaku period: Kuge, a court noble of the Heian Period wearing costumes
Shirakawa-me: A women who put flowers on their head and sell flowers
etc.

Venue

●Procession Course Departing Kyoto Imperial Palace 12:00 →Karasuma Oike 12:50 →Arriving Heian Jingu Shrine 14:30 The 2-km procession departing the Imperial Palace at 12:00, then head west passing Marutamachi-dori, proceeds from Karasuma-dori to Oike-dori, Kawaramachi-dori, Sanjo-dori, then go to Jingu-michi, arriving Heian Jingu Shrine. *The procession can be viewed at any area along the streets above the route, but the charged seats are recommended which will be set at the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Oike Street and Heian Jingu shrine.

Datetime

Oct. 22 (Sun.) *Postponed in case of rain; the procession departs from Gosho (Kyoto Imperial Palace) at noon.

Price

Special Charged Seats are recommended!
Purchase: available from late Aug.
Fee: 2,050 yen (TBA) (all seats reserved with brochure)
Special seat will be set in the Imperial Palace, on Oike Street and approach to the Heian Jingu Shrine
Ticket sales starts from late Aug., at JTB, Kinki Nippon Tourist, Lawson, Mini Stop, etc.
For details, please contact at Kyoto City Tourism Association: Tel: 075 (213)1717

Information source

Kyogoyomi

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