Gion Dance Performance – November 1st to 10th
Kyoto has five different Kagai or Hanamachi. Kagai is a district where Geikos (Geisha)/Maikos (Geisha in training) work at certain places. When they aren’t working, Geikos/Maikos practice many things including traditional dance. And each district holds an annual performance event. The district called Gion Higashi (East) is the only district holding its event in the autumn. It’s an hour show with six different performances. Although it is completely in Japanese, this is the ultimate Kyoto experience. The tickets are sold at Gion Kaikan (where the Gion Dance Performance is held) for 4000 yen or 4500 yen (with a green tea). It starts at 13:30 and 16:00. It is advised to ask your hotel staff to get in touch with the Gion Higashi office first (075-561-0224).
Kyoto Autumn Illumination
Many places in Kyoto hold illumination events during fall, when autumn foliage is seen. Those who plan to visit Kyoto during this season are regarded as fortunate, since they can enjoy sightseeing day and night because of this type of event. Here’s a list of spots that light up their premises and that I personally enjoy. Plan well and enjoy viewing colorful, picturesque Kyoto.
Eikando – November 6th to December 3rd
This is the most popular illumination spot in Kyoto. Be prepared to be surrounded by hundreds of people. Although it is extremely busy, it’s without a doubt worth visiting. Three thousand bright red maple trees are just marvelous and outstandingly beautiful. 17:30 – 20:30. 600 yen.
Kiyomizudera Temple is one of a few places that 99% of visitors to Kyoto are bound to visit. The blue light shining straight into the dark night sky is very unique and profound. 400 yen. 18:00 – 21:00
Chion-in Temple – November 6th to December 5th
At Chion-in Temple, the historical Amidado building, beautiful Yuzen-en Garden and immense Kuromon Gate are lit up during this period. From the Kuromon Gate, Kyoto’s city area can be viewed. 800 yen/adult and 400 yen/child. 17:30 – 21:00.
Komyoji Temple – November 14th to 29th
In terms of popularity in general, the three spots mentioned above are much higher, but Komyoji Temple is still worth visiting. The view of Miedo Hall is especially amazing with illuminated foliage. Also it is possible to spend more time here, since it is not as busy as these three places seen above. 800 yen/adult and 400 yen/child. 17:30 – 20:30.
For more information on illumination events, read “Kyoto Illumination Event Calender 2015/2016“.