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Kyoto: Jidai Matsuri

Festival of Eras, one of the three main festivals in Kyoto. The highlight of this festival is a procession of over 2,000 people clad in the costumes representing each era during a millennium when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. If it rains, the event will be postponed to the next day.

Schedule & Key events:
noon-12:30 p.m. Procession from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Karasuma-Marutamachi
12:30 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Procession from Karasuma-Marutamachi to Karasuma-Oike
12:50 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Procession from Karasuma-Oike to Heian-jingu Shrine

Location: Heian-jingu Shrine,, Kyoto, Kyoto

(1) Karasuma-Marutamachi: Karasuma Subway Line to Marutamachi Sta. (2) Karasuma-Oike: Karasuma Subway Line to Karasuma-Oike Sta.

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.