In October, Kyoto stages a graceful parade of citizens in period costumes that reflect the powerful history of the city.
The last of the three major annual Kyoto festivals takes place in October and dates back to 1868 when the capital and thus the emperor moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. Fearing that the former glory of Kyoto would be lost forever, the citizens
he built the Heian Shrine to honor the Emperor and organized the first Jidai Matsuri. Literally the festival of the ages, today 2,000 citizens of Kyoto participate in the 2 km procession dressed in traditional costumes reflecting the various ages of Kyoto’s powerful history. This long-honored event offers a unique insight into the psyche of Kyoto; Among skyscrapers and modern businesses, traditional Japanese culture is fiercely maintained.
InsideJapan can arrange reserved seating tickets at a prime location on the procession route so that you can enjoy the festival in comfort and with a perfect view.
When to go: This festival takes place on October 22 of each year.