Tanabata is a traditional festival celebrated across Japan, during which people make their wishes on the stars once a year. It has its origins in an ancient legend of star-crossed lovers Hikoboshi (the star Altair) and Orihime (the star Vega). Wishes are gathered here from across Japan, to celebrate Kyoto’s unique Tanabata celebration, “Kyo-no-Tanabata.”
● Horikawa River Area/Nijo-jo Castle, Horikawa River Path
● Kamogawa River Area/Kamogawa River Kagawa Building
● Other Areas: Umekoji Area, Kitano-Kamiya River (Tenjin River) Area, Miyazu City Area
Enjoy seeing the fantastical displays of bamboo branches swaying with paper strips inscribed with wishes, the decorations at Kyoto's temples and shrines, and the nighttime special openings and illumination displays during this festival.
August 1 (Thu) - 31 (Sat), 2019
*Duration of events and festivity times may vary depending on location.
Events & Functions