In July, Kyoto is all about the Gion Festival. This is a one month long festival, which started in 863 to stop an epidemic. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious and biggest festivals in Japan. For those who are coming to Kyoto in July, pay attention to the following events, which make up this grand tradition. For more detailed information, visit Gion Festival 2015 Overview & Schedule.
Anterior Festival – Yamaboko Building — July 10th – 14th – around Shijo area
Mikoshi Arai (Portable Shrines Purifying Event) — July 10th 20:00 – at Shijo Bridge
Anterior Festival Yoiyama/Yoiyoiyama — July 14th – 16th (From 18:00 – 23:00 Shijo Street between Yasaka Shrine and Horikawa Street will be free of vehicles)
Yamahoko Junko Anterior Festival (Float Parade) — July 17th 9:00
Posterior Festival Yoiyama — July 21st – 23rd
Posterior Festival Yamahoko Jyungyo (Float Parade) — July 24th 9:00
For more fun and useful information, which will make your Kyoto Travel more memorable, exciting and stress-free, check our Kyoto e-Guidebook.