Kyoto 2014 Spring Illumination Event List & Calender

March 14th – 23rd: Hanatoro Illumination in Higashiyama.

This is one of the biggest illumination events in Kyoto. Streets in Higashiyama Area will be lit up beautifully with flower arrangement displays created by Ikenobo group.
Please check “Hanatoro: March’s Best Illumination Event in Kyoto” for details. 

Place: Higashiyama Area including Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizudera Temple, Kodaiji Temple and Chionin Temple.
Access: From Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line) and Gion Shijo Station (Keihan), walk east for 15 minutes (Yasaka Shrine).
Price: Most locations are free
Time: 18:00 – 21:30

Sakura Illumination in Kyoto
Sakura Illumination in Kyoto

March 14th – 23rd & March 29th – April 13th: Kiyomizudera Temple Special Spring Illumination

Kiyomizudera Temple will light up its buildings and premises during the Hanatoro.

Place: Kiyomizudera Temple
Train – From Kiyomizu Gojo Station (Keihan Line), go east for 15 minutes and climb Gojozaka Slope.
Bus – City Bus 207 Kiyomizumichi or City Bus 206/100 Gojozaka
Price: 400 yen/adult, 200 yen/child
Time: 18:00 – 21:30

March 14th – 23rd: Chionin Temple

Chionin Temple will illuminate a building called Yuzenen, which was built to commemorate the achievement of Yuzensai Miyazaki. He created the new method to dye fabrics in the Edo Period (1603 – 1868). Yuzenen is surrounded by a beautiful Japanese traditional garden which is also lit up. In addition, projection mapping will be provided on the Sanmon Gate (FREE!). For those who don’t know what the projection mapping is, check the following video.

Place: Chionin Temple
Train – From Higashiyama Station (Subway Tozai Line), 10 minute walk.
Bus – City Bus 206 Chioninmae
Price: 1000 yen/adult, 500 yen/child
Time: 18:00 – 21:30 (Last Entry 21:00)

March 14th – May 6th: Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji is famous for having illumination events. During the Hanatoro event and while the cherry blossoms are beautiful, Kodaiji will be worth visiting day and night.

Place: Kodaiji Temple
Train – From Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line) and Gion Shijo Station (Hankyu Line), walk east, go through Yasaka Shrine and Maruyama Park and walk north for 20 – 25 minutes.
Bus – City Bus 206/207 Higashiyama Yasui
Price: 600 yen/adult, 250 yen/child
Time: 18:00 – 21:30

March 21st – April 13th: Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle will hold an illumination event during spring. For pictures taken last year at this event, please check “Illuminated Cherry Blossoms at Nijo Castle“.

Place: Nijo Castle
Train – 1 minute from Nijojomae Station (Subway Tozai).
Bus – City Bus 9, 12, 50, 101 Nijojomae
Price: 400 yen/adult, 200 yen/child
Time: 18:00 – 21:30 (Last Entry 21:00)

March 28th – April 6th Shirakawa in Gion

Cherry blossoms along Shirakawa River will be gracefully illuminated. This is the sole illumination event in Gion District. And it’s free. It can be the most romantic Sakura scenery in Japan. In addition, visitors can take a picture with Maiko/Geiko from 14:30 – 17:00 on April 2nd, which is also free.

Place: Shirakwa River in Gion
Bus – City Bus 12, 31, 46, 80, 100, 201, 202, 203, 206 and 207 Gion
Train – From Kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Line) or Gion Shijo Station (Keihan Line) walk east.
Price: Free
Time: 18:00 – 22:00

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