Hinanagashi at Shimogamo Shrine – March 3rd
In Japan, there is a ceremony for girls on March 3rd called “Hina Matsuri”. People display Hina dolls at home, praying for the girls so that they will grow up healthy. At Shimogamo Shrine there is a ceremony where people send Hina dolls afloat on the Mitarashi river on the shrine premises, wishing that children will be healthy all the time. The ceremony follows this schedule: Hina dolls will be provided (big 1000 yen/small 500 yen) at 10:00. Praying by a Shinto priest will begin at 10:30. Two representatives, who wear the clothes of female officials from the Heian period, will send the Hina dolls afloat at 11:30. Participants will send the Hina dolls afloat at 11:45. This ceremony can be viewed for free.
Opening of Hozugawa River Rafting – March 10th
On March 10th, Hozugawa River Rafting will start its operations for 2016. Because of the harsh weather during winter, this popular activity on Hozugawa River is not available until March 10th. It’s a two hour ride, during which passengers can enjoy the beautiful green landscape in this area. Adult 4100 yen/Child 2700 yen. The first boat will leave at 9:00. For more information, please visit the official website.
Higashiyama Hanatoro Illumination – March 12th – 21st
Higashiyama Hanatoro is an annual illumination event in Higashiyama area, where countless LED lights make for magical and gorgeous scenery. It is a free event, but there are several paid facilities, who open and illuminate their premises during this period.
Kiyomizudera Temple (18:00 – 21:00 Adult 400 yen/Child 200 yen)
Shoren-in Temple (18:00 – 21:30 Adult 800 yen/Child 400 yen)
Chion-in Temple (18:00 – 21:30 Adult 500 yen/Child 300 yen)
Kodaiji Temple (17:00 – 21:30 Adult 600 yen/Child 250 yen)
Entoku-in Temple (17:00 – 21:30 Adult 500 yen/Child 200 yen).
Note that most temples do not allow entry less than 30 minutes before closing.
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