Kyoto Gioen Festival


July is one of the hottest days of the year in Kyoto. Gionshigoto is the most popular festival in Kyoto, and it’s the most exciting time of the year. The most famous Gioen-en Gioen festival starts on the night of July 17. In fact, there are many traditional ceremonies before and after the Gio Yuan Festival that are also worth a look.

This is a traditional summer ritual held at Yasaka Shrine in the ancient Heian period (794-1185) to prevent illnesses from spreading in the summer. The Gionshikai is also known as Gionshikai, or Gionshiryokai, or Gionshikai of Kyoto. The cars are assembled, and a special music piece called “Konkontintin” is played on every street corner, welcoming the arrival of summer.


From the evil spirits coming from the streets, the main ritual is to be performed by people on the streets.

The Gionshigoto festival in Kyoto, the capital of Japan, has a very long history and was interrupted during the Second World War when the streets were destroyed during the Yomei Rebellion. Except for this, the street is still in use today, and the people of the street are still making efforts to maintain their love and devotion to this ritual. In fact, in ancient books, it is written that Buddhism has become more powerful than ever before and that the rituals have not been stopped. It is said that the people insist on the colorful car tour, and it has become a beautiful talk since it was put down.

Every year on July 17, the Yasaka Shrine holds a Shinto ritual in which the body of a god is seated on the shrine’s roof. On July 24th, the July 24th, we will come back to the shrine for the Thanksgiving Day. It is a ceremony to purify the streets and bring happiness. The people compete with each other to make the scale of this car tour even more magnificent.


How is it organized? The secret of the colored car

The colorful car is a giant platform made of wooden head, the underside of which can be moved by a wooden wheelchair. The upper part is for the children to sit on. The body part is painted with a lot of artworks. Especially when you visit the museum, you will feel more luxurious and luxurious as you move through the museum. A closer look reveals how many foreign carpets hang from the top of the building, which makes you stutter. Kyoto has been home to so many international cultures. The most important thing is to be able to see the details of each of them.

There are many colorful praying mantises and child-like praying mantises with children sitting on them. Each year a different boy is chosen as a baby. These children are not allowed to move on the ground during the festival period, but are only allowed to sit on the ground. There are a total of 33 shared mountain chairs, the largest of which is usually 12吨月牟, and there are also very small chairs with different stories behind them. If you see them again after understanding, they will be even more significant.

These are the first time I’ve repaired and restored a car

The colorful cars that have been around for a long time have been restored after being destroyed by fire and war. Many people think it’s necessary to recover, so in 2014, the big car was reborn. As well as some of the cars that are made as rest stops are also colorful and stylish. However, there are plans to revive them in the future. The current colored cars have been preserved and renovated using traditional and new techniques.

Gazing at the Kyoto Gionshon Festival


Routes of the Gioen Festival


The first ritual and the second ritual are opposite in origin and destination. The direction is also opposite. From the intersection of Shijo-Ohmaru in front of the Otabisho in front of the Kyoto City Office, and again from Shinmachi Oike Dori. There are always places to watch for free every year, so visitors who prefer to watch at their own pace can reserve as early as they like. The price is 3180 yuan per day. If you would like to watch the tour, please refer to the specific information on the website. Kyoto is a very hot city in summer, so please make sure you take some precautions to protect yourself from the heat.

Kyoto Gions Festival Lighting

The lights look so beautiful, the cars are so beautiful, the music is so beautiful, and the chorus is so beautiful. The “Cutting and Connecting” performance, in which young actors perform with their swords, is also a must-see. The connection between the mashmaya and the world of the gods is a distinction between humanity and the world of the gods, with the east side being the realm of the gods and the west side being the realm of human habitation. The reason for this is that these children are cutting the ligatures. The spectacle of the cutting of these cords is a sight to behold. The tour will start in the beginning, and if a child is cut off, he or she will be in good luck this year.

The next and most important part is the “new exhibition”. The July 2, 2012, date for the first official visa check will be the first day of the tour, and the mayor of Kyoto City will conduct an on-site inspection. The documents will be sent out by boys, girls, or old men in formal wear. The signal from the fan, the ceremony is a revival of the “Hou-Biane Festival”, which has been over for about 50 years.

Through the efforts of the public, the colorful car tours are designated as an important intangible cultural asset, and their value for preservation has grown even more. Tujimawasi”, which is impossible to forget again here, is a huge colored car with a few tons of weight to change direction. Firstly, the lower surface of the wheel is covered with bamboo, and then the upper surface is sprinkled with water to change the direction at the same time. The most popular scene of the festival is the entrance of the intersection of Shijo Kawaramachi, where there are two places “Tuji”, very early, some people start to throw up.

Enjoy the rituals

Although the original purpose of the tour was to welcome the Shinto gods to Kyoto, it has recently moved a little further away from the main event, the “Shinto procession,” which is the main ritual. There are three different Shinto shrines: the Middle, East, and West, as well as a smaller one for children called the East Waka Goza. On the two days of the first and the second, we depart from the shrine at about 16:00 after the car parade is over, and go along the surrounding streets of Minagawa to the destination. The three big gods of this “procession” are more than 1,000 brave men, and they are magnificent and vigorous, but they are also rather violent, and they are called “the god of the festival”.

The comparison between the two is clear.

They are also called “the most beautiful and the most violent” in the world. The “flower lantern procession” is a ritualistic event that takes place after the shrine. The children’s excitement is the main attraction, and they perform the original flower lanterns on colorful trolleys, as well as traditional arts such as the child dance, child dance, child art, and children in kimono and flower hats, which are all very beautiful. The tour starts from Yasaka Shrine at 10:00 a.m., and you can tour the streets between Teramachi and Kawaramachi by car at the same time.

Gions Festival Attractions


All kinds of benefits

On the two days before the Gioen Gozan Festival, you can see the colorful cars on display at various venues along the streets. Apart from the various types of 护身符 and goods sold in the various trolleys, there are also zongzi (dumplings), the most popular type of zongzi. Zongzi zongzi is not a common sweet food, but a mark of protection made of bamboo strips. If you hang it from the door in the second year, it will not only prevent you from escaping from sickness and pain, but also protect you from getting into the house, help you to study, help you to produce, protect you from lightning, and so on. If you want to buy one, please contact us.

Only at the Yoiyama Festival

You can also take a leisurely stroll in one of the many decorated cars that are available. However, nowadays, only male passengers are allowed to ride on the long-sworded colored car or the open-air colored car. However, if you buy a passport or travel guidebook, you will have a better chance of enjoying the tour and the colorful cars.


Other activities

In addition to the traditional Japanese arts and crafts offered at the shrine, there are also performances of traditional Japanese music and dance, tea ceremonies, and other traditional arts and crafts. This is a free and unique opportunity to see these traditional arts. If you have any interest in the shrine, please contact us. If you want to know more about this kind of story, please contact me. If you are not able to keep this tradition for 7 days in a row, you can still offer the lanterns, get a passport, and enjoy Gioen accompaniment music.

Gioen Gioen

Transportation to Gioen

You can take the Hankyu Kyoto Line from Shijo-Kawaramachi or Shijo-Ohmaru.

If you are coming from JR Kyoto station (new line – conventional line), please consider using land transportation to avoid blockages and traffic restrictions.

The stations “Ohmaru Oike”, “Shijo” and “Gojo” on the Kyoto municipal subway Ohmaru line are the most recent stations, but please choose the station you would like to visit. The city of Kyoto is a great place to visit during the Gionshigarai Gionshikai festival.