Year's first game of Japanese ancient ball-kicking in the shrine precincts. Kemari is an elegant ball game played by the nobles in the Heian period (794-1192). The players in ancient costumes make a big circle and gently kick a ball to each other.
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Location: Shimogamo-jinja Shrine, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
From JR Kyoto Sta., take municipal bus No. 4 or No. 205 to Shimogamo Jinja-mae Bus Stop (35 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.