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The Quietest Parade Yo Will Ever See.

Our stay in Kyoto happened to coincide with the date of the annual festival - May 15. We picked... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2018
Not worth to buy ticket

The Aoi Matsuri is nothing special to be honest, bit disappointed. If you just happened to be in... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2018
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The Aoi Matsuri, or Hollyhock Festival, is a celebration of piety and purification from Japan's ancient history, still carried out at Kyoto's Kamo shrines today. The main event is a morning procession of oxcarts, cows, horses and six-hundred people...more
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

The Aoi Matsuri is nothing special to be honest, bit disappointed. If you just happened to be in Kyoto this time of the year, yea sure go into Imperial Palace to watch the parade. But not worth to buy advance ticket for the following reasons...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Our stay in Kyoto happened to coincide with the date of the annual festival - May 15. We picked up a copy of the parade route from the Tourist Information Center in Kyoto Station and decided to try our luck by getting to a section...More

1  Thank Dushi-NY
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

Warning others who might be thinking reserved seats are a good idea. There are 5 rows of seat, in which you are assigned and cannot change. If you are not on the 1st row, good luck seeing anything. I thought we'd educate ourselves by paying...More

1  Thank Lily W
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Had a good time watching the courtly procession of people dressed in period costumes. I would recommend buying tickets for seats at the imperial palace with english commentary (available for purchase online). You'll get a better understanding of the traditional importance of the participants as...More

3  Thank RolleingStone
Reviewed 17 December 2016

The roots of this festival date back to the 6th century. It is a beautiful procession of 500 people, who represent symbolically messengers paying imperial court respects after a plague was said to have resulted from the neglect of a shrine. The festival proceeds from...More

2  Thank warren D
Reviewed 7 February 2016

My family were fortunate to be in Kyoto during the Aoi Matsuri Festival which we enjoyed tremendously. The festival parade was so entertaining, beautiful and interesting. Our ages spanned from 19 to 69 and we all enjoyed it tremendously. Highly Recommended.

2  Thank fiamma11
Reviewed 3 March 2015

The Kyoto Imperial Palace is an absolute historic delight during Aoi Matsuri (Hollyhock) Festival in May. Take up a parade-side position in the spectacular gardens surrounding the Imperial Palace and let the ancient spectacle dazzle your eyes. Emerging from the Palace gates, you'll see Imperial...More

2  Thank TravelusMaximus
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