Jidai Matsuri Festival 2016

This is a festival which is held to celebrate the history of Japan. It began in 1895 – after the capital was relocated to Kyoto. A lot of people come to see this grand procession featuring costumes that were used over the ages.

Jidai Matsuri Festival Information

Location(s) Kyoto, Japan
Years active 1895 -
(118 years, 4 months and 7 days)

Jidai Matsuri Festival Significance

It is one of of the three largest festivals to be held in Kyoto. The highlight of the festival is the Historic Pageant or Jidai Gyoretsu. One can see a Mikoshi or portable shrine and 2000 or more people dressed in costumes. They represent the various eras in Kyoto’s history which spans some 1200 years.

Jidai Matsuri Festival 2016 What to Expect

The parade starts at noon from the Kyoto Imperial Palace and winds its way over a distance of 4.6 km to the Heian Jingu Shrine and arrives at 2.30 pm. The lines of people in the parade take a long time to pass a particular spot – this takes over an hour.

This is a great opportunity for people to see costumes close up – with all the accessories and other fittings which are reproduced in great detail. This helps to keep Kyoto’s traditional handicrafts alive and well – if you are not able to make it to the festival, visit a museum to see this beautiful work. It is much nicer to be a part of the festival as one can walk through the old streets and homes in Kyoto and get transported back in time.


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