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Jul 27

Yamaguchi Gion Matsuri


Yamaguchi was modelled after Kyoto, and so it’s no surprise it has a similar festival.

When the Yasaka shrine was brought from Kyoto and the spirit of the deity implanted during the Kanjo ceremony, the Yamaguchi Yasaka shrine was formed.

What happens?

One of the main attractions of the festival is the “Dance of the Heron” which marks the beginning of the celebration. The elegant dance is performed wearing heron costumes and is classed as a Folk Cultural Property by the prefecture. There is a large dance performance involving the residents of the city and a mikoshi procession takes place.


The festival takes place on the same three days every year: the 20th, 24th, and 27th of July.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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