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The Jidai Matsuri is a festival that takes place every year on October 22nd to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of Kyoto. The parade begins from the Imperial Palace and proceeds to the Heian Shrine. Considered one of the three most famous festivals along with the Gion and Aoi Matsuris, the Matsuri is often called the "Festival of Ages." Participants dress in accurate costumes from the 1,100 year old Japanese history.
This pageant spread for about 5 kilometers, taking about two hours to fully see all the unique costumes from various periods of Japan. The unique nature of this festival is perfect for the historic city of Kyoto, a city that retains many of the architecture from these past periods. The Jidai Matsuri is a festival that celebrates the rich history of Japan in a way that's fun, exciting, and quite informative. If the Gion Festival isn't enough, custom your Japan tour to visit the Jidai Matsuri in Kyoto!
Most famous festival in Japan; festival of Yasaka Shrine
800,000 shibazakura or pink moss cover the fields in shades of pink
Decorated Floats Yatai and Portable Shrine Mikoshi
Asakusa's wild festival where Mikoshi are carried with energy and vigor