Aoi Matsuri 葵祭 Kyoto (May)
Aoi Matsuri is one of Kyoto's three great matsuri. It is said to have begun one thousand and several hundred years ago. A procession of over 5,000 people wearing splendid Heian period clothing departs from Kyoto Imperial Palace. They head along the Miyako-oji main road through the new greenery to Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. The Saio-dai, riding a palanquin and dressed in a 12-layered ceremonial robe, looks particularly outstanding. The elegant atmosphere of the re-creation of the Heian period charms onlookers.
Kyoto Gosho (Kamigyo-ku) / Shimogamo Jinja (Sakyo-ku) / Kamigamo Jinja (Kita-ku), Kyoto City, Kyoto
Kyoto Imperial Palace:
From JR Kyoto station, Hankyu Karasuma station, take the Karasuma Subway line to Marutamachi station. Walk for approx. 8 min.
Get off at Jingu-marutamachi station, Keihan line, and walk for approx. 15 min.
From JR Kyoto station, Hankyu Kawaramachi station take the city bus and get off at Shimogamo Jinja-mae. Walk for approx. 8 min. Get off at Demachiyanagi station, Keihan line, and walk for approx. 10 min.
From JR Kyoto station, Demachiyanagi station on the Keihan line, and Omiya station on the Hankyu line, take the city bus to Kamigamo Jinja.
* There are traffic restrictions on the day of the matsuri, which may affect the bus services.