Kyoto in summer
The former capital of Japan, famous worldwide for its temples and shrines. Kyoto was the center of politics and culture for 1,100 years. Seventeen historic sites including, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle, are inscribed as World Cultural Heritage Sites.
The season of cherry blossom was over and trees are now covered in the fresh green. The early summer is now finally coming here in Kyoto. This season is the season when we can feel another beauty of Kyoto. World capital, Kyoto that many trip magazines in the world make many special features all together, and overflow with tans of tourist from overseas. If you want to feel “real Japan”, then, you must visit Kyoto and please thoroughly enjoy Japanese food. Again, Feel and Enjoy “genuine Kyoto”.
Update _ Kyoto in summer:
Article 1: What’s Gion Matsuri?
Gion Matsuri is one of the three most celebrated festivals in Kyoto, which originated in people’s attempt to halt a series of raging plagues in the ninth century. The festival spans the entire month of July, which culminates in the procession of gorgeous yamahoko floats with decorative halberds parading through the main streets on the 17th. The festival music called “Ohayashi” played with traditional Japanese musical instruments reminds Kyotoites of the approaching hot summer.
Article 2: What’s Gion Matsuri?
The most famous festival in Kyoto, Gion Matsuri, is held at Yasaka Shrine every year in the middle of July. The festival originated to calm and exorcise evil spirits believed to have been responsible for spreading an epidemic in the 9th century. More than 30 beautifully decorated floats, playing music from their upper floors, parade through the city. People in Kyoto know summer has arrived when they hear the festival music being practiced all over the city in July.
Article 3: What’s Gion Matsuri?
One of the three major festival of Japan
The Gion Festival, held in July, is one of the three major festival of Japan. It started in the 9th century when the emperor ordered a religious ritual to help against some epidemics. The highlight of the festival is a parade of about 30 decorated floats on July 17th. In this parade, performance sing, dance, and play traditional instruments. There are various events before and after the big parade. The streets are extremely busy on the night before the parade, when many stalls line the streets and machiya houses open their doors to show their treasures.
Article 4: You can see some geisha!
The Gion area, in the southeast part of downtown Kyoto just west of the Yasaka shrine, has many traditional restaurants, ochaya, and other drinking establishments. The Japanese call the arear around here “flower town” because we find it to be a place of colorful fantasy. The section of Hanamikoji sough of Shijo paved with cobblestone is one of the most attractive parts of the area. There is as theater called Gion Corner, where you can see geisha dance and other traditional performances, tea ceremony, and flower arrangement.
Kifune Shrine and a unique style restaurant onthe river
Kifune-jinja Shrine is an ancient shrine located in a village in the mountainous area north of Kyoto and is actually a complex of three shrines located in different positions up a hillside. The best-known feature on the grounds is the well-worn stone staircase lined by distinctive red wooden lanterns which evoke the feeling of an earlier time. Each of the shrines has its own appeal, the middle shrine being notable for its location in a grove of ancient, towering cedar trees, while the upper shrine is the oldest and original site of the Kifune-jinja Shrine.
The shrine is over 1600 years old and is older than Kyoto itself. It enshrines the god of water and rain, and was visited in the past by Imperial envoys that came to pray for rain. Farmers and sake brewers have traditionally paid homage at this shrine.
The mountain air helps keep the grounds cool in summer, as does the stream running nearby that is famous for its pure water. It is a popular place to escape the summer heat and enjoy the atmosphere of history and natural beauty.
* Address: 180 Kurama-kibune-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto * Tel.: 075-741-2016
* Access: 30-minute walk from Eizan Railway Kibune-guchi Station, 5-minute walk from Kyoto Bus Stop Kifune
Also, we recommend to have a great dinner or lunch at the unique style restaurant on the river. That is a seasoning and only for summer. It get you cool and flash feeling with enjoying the Japanese food.