Kifune Shrine Annual Festival
This is the biggest festival for Kifune Shrine, which has 500 auxiliary shrines in Japan. This festival consists of several sacred events including, “gagaku” (court dance & music) and “mikoshi”moving a portable shrine. Gagaku starts from 11:00 (only standing room) and mikoshi will start from 13:00. Kifune Shrine is far away from the city. First, take a train called Eizan Line from Demachi Yanagi Station. Get off at Kibuneguchi (420 yen). Walk 25 mins or take a bus (Kyoto Bus) from the bus stop near the station and get off at Kibune (160 yen). Note that the One Day Pass is not accepted in this region.
11:00 – . June 1st.
Free Entry to Heian Jingu Shrine’s Garden
This is rare opportunity where Heian Jingu shrine will open its Shinen Garden for free (it usually costs 600 yen/adult), just for one day. In this time of year, there will be about 2000 sweet flags (of 200 varieties). For people who are lucky enough to be in Kyoto on June 6th, make sure to prioritize Heian Jingu Shrine.
8:30 – 16:30. June 6th.
Hand-craft Flea Market in Hyakumanben
For those who are looking for one-and-only souvenirs, this flea market can be the best shopping spot. Hand-crafted works made by artists living in and out of Kyoto are not something that can be sold at gift shops. This is one of the most famous flea markets in Kyoto, where a temple called Hyakumanben (Chionji Temple) is used as a venue. If visiting this spot, it is better also to visit Shimogamo Shrine so that sight-seeing and shopping can be done in the same area.
8:00 – 16:00. June 15th.
Postcard Collection at be-Kyoto
This is a promotional event, where many original postcards are collected. Given the number of postcards, it is almost like a display at a museum. This time the theme is summer. And in addition to that, to celebrate the 15th time for this event, Kyoto is chosen as a theme. This will make a perfect spot for those who want to send a postcard to family members or friends.
10:00 – 18:00 (16:00 on 29th). June 21st – 29th.
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