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Hassaku Festival

Held on the first Sunday in September, the Hassaku Festival is the last summer festival held in Kyoto each year. Typhoons and insects often cause a great amount of damage to crops at this time of year, and with this festival, the locals pray for calm skies, good harvests, and safety at home. A ritual sumo performance (beginning at 8:00 a.m.), and a ritual to pray for the healthy growth of young children (reservations required) will also be held. The Sagano Rokusai Nenbutsu traditional folk dances will begin at 4:00 p.m. Another part of the festival is the Yamabuki-kai Procession of small shrines (mikoshi) held aloft by a group of only women, which will depart the shrine at 8:30 a.m. (as currently planned), be placed on boats near the Togetsu-kyo Bridge, and return to Matsuno-o-taisha Shrine just after 3 p.m. This ferrying of the mikoshi shrines across the river is one of the greatest spectacles of the Hassaku Festival. On the night before the festival, just after sunset, the shrine grounds will be lit with 3,000 lanterns for the last Bon-odori dance (a traditional part of the O-bon summer festivals) in Kyoto!

Date & Time

September 1 (Sun), 2019
Beginning at 10:00 p.m.


City Bus 28 to "Matsuo Taisha-mae (Matsuo-taisha Shrine)" bus stop


Traditional Festivals