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July

Gion Matsuri (Mikoshi-arai)

Gion Matsuri, one of three great festivals in Japan, takes place in Kyoto annually from July 1st to 31st. Various events are held during the festival, and the highlights are Yoiyama on the 16th (in […]

May

Aoi Matsuri

If you are in Kyoto in May, you must go to Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock Festival), one of the three main festivals of the city of Kyoto. The main attraction is an elegant procession of people […]

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March

Ume Festival (in Aodani, Kyoto)

Do you know ume? It’s a Japanese apricot. There is Ume Festival at Aodani Ume Grove, the largest place to enjoy ume blossoms in Kyoto. Ume Festival is held every year from late February to […]