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Kyoto Summer Special Openings 2024 will start from July 12


Kyoto Summer Special Openings 2024 will start from July 12

The Kyoto Summer Special Openings is a program allowing visits to temples, shrines and other historical buildings of cultural importance in Kyoto City for a limited period during the summer.
The program is carried out according to different themes each year.
For 2024, there are two themes: "Architectural masterpieces and gardens of Kyoto" and "World Heritage temples and shrines."

July 12th (Fri) to September 30th (Mon), 2024
*Some of the locations have different opening periods. Please check the sections of each place for details.

There may also be dates or times of day where public viewing is not possible, due to ceremonial events or weather conditions (typhoon, etc.).

Special opening hours
10:00 to 16:30 (last admission 16:00) 
*The hours are different for some locations. Please check the sections of each place for details.

Locations offering special openings
1. Yasaka-jinja Shrine Honden (Main Sanctuary)
2. Chourakukan "Onari no ma"
3. Daiun-in Temple "Gion-kaku"
4. Chishaku-in Temple
5. Ninna-ji Temple Goten (Palace & Gardens)
6. Kamigamo-jinja Shrine Honden (Main Sanctuary) and Gonden (Temporary Sanctuary)
7. Shimogamo-jinja Shrine Honden (Main Sanctuary) and Oidono (Old Sanctuary Kitchen)
8. Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa

Entrance Fee (per place):
•Adults ¥800
•Age 6-12 ¥400
*Free for children age 5 and below
The following two places have different fees:

•Ninnaji Goten and garden (fee includes general admission)
Adults ¥ 1,000
Free for persons age 18 and below

•Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa (fee includes general admission)
Adults ¥ 800
Persons of ages 13 to 18: ¥ 500
Persons of ages 6 to 12: ¥ 400

During your visit to temples, shrines, etc.; we ask you to please observe the following:

No smoking
No drinking or eating
No photography in some areas. Please follow the instructions of staff at each place when you wish to take photos. Some locations may not allow photography of areas or objects related to religious worship. We ask for your understanding.
Please unshoulder your backpack/shoulder bag or carry it in front of you in order to protect cultural property. If possible, please check in large pieces of baggage.Please refrain from visiting barefoot.
Please do not touch any cultural properties (pictures on partitions, Buddhist statues, etc.).

*Some temples may be closed for Buddhist services without notice.
*On-site guidance is available in Japanese only. English information will be provided in print or digital text.

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