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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.