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Summer in Kyoto, what not to miss・part 2

As we told you, there is a lot to do in Kyoto during summer! If you want to experience something different during your stay with us, don't hesitate to check out these less known events in and around Kyoto. Here is our little selection:



In Uji, a small town in the south of Kyoto, you will be able to refresh yourself in a very original way! The Mimuroto shrine in the city Uji has a garden filled with about 250 lotus pots, but they not just there to be admired by tourists! Tradition says that drinking from a lotus leaf stem is good for health and long life. Every year, up to three hundred people can be served with sake, and a large lotus leaf is used as a cup. The leaf can be lifted up to extend the stem, which serves as a straw. Even though you cannot drink alcohol or you don’t like Japanese sake, this event certainly is a great new experience!




When? July 11th, 2020

Where? Mimuroto-ji

Price? Entry fee ¥500 (only the first 300 people will be served with sake)





Originally held as a ritual to pray for rainfall, the Mizu Matsuri (Water Festival) at Kifune Shrine serves to show gratitude to the gods responsible for the gift of water.

Beginning at 10am, a tea ceremony is performed and offered to the deities of the shrine.

Then, old style bugaku (traditional Japanese court dance) and music is performed by a dancer in a mask and orange robes.

The highlight of the event is a shikibōchō, a cooking ritual demonstration performed by a chef from the prestigious Ikama School, said to span back 29 generations to cooks for the Imperial family. After the cooking table is purified by a priest and the fish is placed upon it, the chef dressed in traditional clothes proceeds to slice and prepare the fish without ever touching it with his hands, for the purposes of keeping the offering pure for the gods.




When? July 7th. (※If July 7th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the Mizu Matsuri will take place on the next Monday, and the Tanabata Ritual will take place on July 7th at 11am)

Where? Kifune Shrine, in the main sanctuary (Hongū)

Admission? Free

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This two day event, the Yomiya-sai and Motomiya-sai in mid-summer, is a lively, lantern-based celebration. Starting from the evening of the first day, thousands of stone and wood lanterns scattered all over Mt. Inari will be lit up, and laypeople who donate lanterns will also hang them on the paths throughout the shrine. Traditional artists collaborate and donate beautifully painted square paper lanterns that are lit around the circumference of the main shrine area at the base of the mountain.

Throughout the two days of the festival various performances are held to entertain those who come to pray, including taiko drum concerts and dance exhibitions. A traditional Motomiya-odori dance is also held in the evenings.




When? In July

Where? Fushimi Inari Taisha

Admission? Free

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Tanukidani-san Fudō-in is a temple that eschews the more traditional Buddhist sect system in favor of the ascetic nature worship of Shugendō. A practice that combines various Buddhist, Shinto, and Taoist beliefs, Shugendō can be translated as "the way to spiritual power through discipline".

One of the rituals associated both with Shugendō and Fudō Myō'ō worship is the Hiwatari Matsuri, or Fire Walking Festival. In this ceremony, goma (wooden prayer sticks) are assembled into a pyre to be ritualistically burned, and the still flaming ashes and remnants are then raked flat.

Shugenja (Shugendō followers) lead the way by walking barefoot across the hot ground before helping the public do the same. This fascinating ritual is not only interesting for its religious components. It is also a challenge for anyone who would like to participate. Can you handle the heat?

A popular charm to purchase at this festival is one that is said to ward your home from being damaged by fire.





When? July 28th, 7pm~

Where? Tanukidani-san Fudō-in

Admission? \500

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日時:7月28日 夜7時~



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