Celebrating the end of a 14 day period of worship after new year, this festival sees dozens of loincloth-clad men/boys being doused in very cold water as they compete for banknotes in teams. The competitors are made up of students from local high-schools which have a historic connection with the temple. They shout doya-doya as they are soaked and the atmosphere is very energetic with a highly competitive edge. You can watch from the temple grounds, but crowds gather early, so be there in the morning to get a good spot.
Located at a shrine which alas, does not exist on google maps, this is a very small local festival but has plenty of Geiko and Maiko (Kyoto’s geisha). Taking place in early-to-mid May, the festival begins on the evening of […]
Also known as the Hollyhock Festival, this is one of the city’s biggest events and is a great chance to see traditional costumes on parade from the Imperial Palace to the Kamo shrines. Over 500 people participate, all wearing hollyhock […]
The Mifune Festival takes place on the Katsura River in Arashiyama on the third Sunday of May each year. The festival features traditional boats carrying musicians and performers floating down the river. The name of the festival translates as the […]
The Kobe Festival is a citywide festival that runs over two days. The first day sees separate celebrations in each of the city’s 9 wards. The big parade happens on Sunday along Sannomiya Flower Road starting at 12 noon. For […]