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Beauty of Kyoto

I recommend to go in the evening... beautiful sunset.. behind the temple you can walk in the back... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2018
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Kyoto traditions

Lucky to join in the main Yamaboko this 2016 to see how massive it is. This is one of the biggest... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2018
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The Gion Matsuri is Japan's most famous festival, with its origins dating back all the way to 869. Spanning the whole month of July, it is studded with benchmark events. The most breathtaking of these is the Yamaboko Junko on 17th July, which sees a...more
625 Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Higashiyama, Kyoto 604-8223, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

I recommend to go in the evening... beautiful sunset.. behind the temple you can walk in the back and enjoy the green scenery! Center of the city .. easy to access

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Reviewed August 24, 2018

Lucky to join in the main Yamaboko this 2016 to see how massive it is. This is one of the biggest traditional event of Japan, and you can see something old of this city as it is :)

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Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

The festival has so many way to do. First of all, if you are first time, please purchased special seat from web site to see the parade. This year , Mae Matsuri is July 17, and Ato Matsuri is July 24th. Even though staying outside...More

1  Thank Ayako I
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

毎年7月は、祇園祭の時に出張で京都です! 京都は、祭りの街! 雅で神聖さを感じる街です! 京都は、是非とも祇園祭から Every year in July, it is Kyoto on business trip at the time of Gion festival! Kyoto is a festival city! It is a city that feels miyabi and sacredness! Kyoto is by all means Gion festival

Thank KazutamiI
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Happened to pass by when seen lighted and opened at night. Saw lots of push carts food stall available and people are having panic and beer under the cherry blossom trees. Love the atmosphere!❤❤

2  Thank JayleenT2
Reviewed December 6, 2017

Kyoto Gion Festival. Serious congestion overlap in consecutive holidays this year. Yoiyama is even hard to walk. Toilet does not become a mom, but fun meal is cold the floats while fleas beer in the street corner. The next day of the parade of decorated...More

2  Thank DimasLaksani
Reviewed July 31, 2017

A very interesting cultural festival with many people and stalls and little activities happening. On the day, try to get to karasuma near the start of the parade to see the procession as each float presents to the panel. A lovely little performance and demonstration...More

Thank Daryl S
Reviewed June 19, 2017

Gion Matsuri is all through July if you count all the janga-jing music you hear everywhere that month, but the actual festival is between the Kawaramachi Shijo and Kurasuma Shijo area. If you simply walk around, there are yamaboko (or movable shrines) with people inside...More

1  Thank Matt H
Reviewed August 17, 2016

Gion Matsuri or Gion Festival is one of the biggest and most important festivals and of the longest history in Japan. It is among the top 3 most respected and celebrated festivals in Japan. Kyoto being the old capital of Japan before Tokyo took over...More

2  Thank Annie C
Reviewed August 5, 2016

The night before July 17, you have to go and see the lanterned lights along the main road. While on July 17, you have to watch the parade floats. Elegant but very slow-moving. Tips: 1. Get to the parade route early. If you're late, better...More

4  Thank gekidan
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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko"
in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and
entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners,
Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with
gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the
streets on their way to and from work, where they fan
dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion
lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
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Robert Q
September 7, 2018|
Response from Ayako I | Reviewed this property |
First of all, the Gion Matsuri has Mae Matsuri and Ato Matsuri. Mar Matsuri is much bigger event than Ato Matsuri. That is why Yoiyama also same things. If next year is first time for you, I recommend to see both... More
June 27, 2017|
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Response from Matt H | Reviewed this property |
You need to be there in the morning using either the subways Shijo station, Hankyu Kawaramachi Shijo or Keihan Shijo. Kids will love it. Lots of sounds and colors.
Ann Yong L
March 20, 2017|
Response from Front R |
The 24th is one of the big days of the festival. But remember that the Kansai Airport is well over one hour away from Kyoto. It would be better if you could arrive in Kyoto and be ready for the Matsuri by around 6:00pm. The... More
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