Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri 山口祇園祭 Yamaguchi (July)
Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri is the annual matsuri of Yasaka Shrine, which was transferred, along with the separated spirit of the deity, from Kyoto by the daimyo Ouchi approximately 600 years ago during the Muromachi period (1336 - 1573). It begins with Sagi-no-mai, a dance which has been preserved through the generations by the local people since it was transmitted from Kyoto. Three mikoshi (portable shrines), and floats on which Gion music is performed, proceed along Ekimae-dori. The matsuri, which signals the arrival of summer in “Yamaguchi, the Kyoto of the West”, continues for a week.
Yasaka Jinja, Kamitatekoji, Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi
Get off at Kami-Yamaguchi station on the JR Yamaguchi line. Approx. 15 min. walk.
From JR Shin-Yamaguchi station, take the Bocho bus in the direction of Kencho-Mae for approx. 36 min., and get off at Noda-Gakuen bus stop. Walk for approx. 1 min.