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Gion Matsuri

Gion Matsuri

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"Gion Matsuri" is a large festival held at the Yasaka-jinja Shrine with over 30 events in the month of July. The origin of this festival is a religious ritual to calm the plague that spread all over the country in 869.

The highlight of this festival is "Yamaboko Junko" held on the 17th. In this event, over 30 decorated wagons called "Boko" and "Yama" are pulled by people and paraded around town. It is registered as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Children and adults ride on Yamaboko and play the festival music with whistles and bells to boost the festival mood. In the evening after the Yamaboko Junko is over, Shinkosai is held at Yasaka Shrine. Seeing over a thousand men wearing Happi and carrying Mikoshi is sheer excitement.

Also, we recommend event packed Yoiyama, which is the pre-festival of "Yamaboko Junko". From the 14th through 16th, Yamaboko are built on the street for 3 days, and you can see inside of the Yamaboko during that time. "Byobu Maturi" is held where old families and long established stores present their treasured byobu, kimono, and paintings and calligraphic works. There will be roadside stands that sell snacks and sweets unique to Japan.

Main events
July 14th through 16th Yoiyama at Shijo Karasuma Area
17th 9:00~ Yamaboko at Junko Shijo Dori, Kawaramachi Dori, Oike Dori
17th 16:00~ Shinkosai at Yasaka-jinja Shrine

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