Gion Festival 祇園祭(ぎおんまつり)




This is the sound of Kyoto in July. The Gion Festival starts on the 1st of July and completes on the 31st with its highlights being the Float Processions on the 17th and the 24th. Currently there are 33 floats altogether of which 23 will parade on the 17th and the other 10 on the 24th. Floats are up to 25 meters tall and weigh up to 12 tons. Each float gets assembled by hand during the festival without using any nails.

This festival is said to have started towards the end of the 9th century when there was a plague in the city and has been conducted by the people of Kyoto. For the whole month of July, there are various rituals and events associated with the festival, and the whole city becomes like an open-air museum. If you have a chance to go to Kyoto in July, walk around the city and enjoy the atmosphere.


For more information visit: https://kyoto.travel/en/planyourvisit/events/schedule/115

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