Things to do / Traditional festivals

Kyoto: Kemari Hajime

The first game of an ancient ball game in the shrine precincts. Kemari is an elegant ball game that was played by nobles during the Heian Period (794-1192). In a big circle, players in period dress gently kick a ball to each other.

Schedule & key events:
1:30 p.m.-

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.