Kyoto: Yasurai Matsuri

Festival designated as one of the National Important Intangible Cultural Properties, originates from a legend of the shrine having abated a serious epidemic in ancient times. The highlight of this festival is a procession of parishioners holding hanagasa (big umbrellas decorated with flowers), devils and children dancing to the accompaniment of Japanese drums and gongs. If it rains, the procession will be canceled.

Schedule & Key events:
noon-3 p.m. Procession from Konen-ji Temple and Kawakami Dai-jingu Shrine to Imamiya-jinja Shrine
from 3 p.m.: Yasurai-mai (Shinto dance with music) in the precincts of Imamiya-jinja Shrine

Location: Imamiya-jinja Shrine, Konen-ji Temple, Kawakami Dai-jingu Shrine and others, Kita-ku, Kyoto

Imamiya-jinja Shrine: (1) From JR Kyoto Station, take municipal bus No.205 or 206 to Funaoka-yama Bus Stop, and then walk 7 min.; (2) Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station. From there, take municipal bus No. 1, Kita-8, 12, M1, 204, 205 or 206 to Funaoka-yama Bus Stop, and then walk 7 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.