■What is "Aoi Matsuri festival"?
・It was considered to be a national event in the Heian period, and is one of the three biggest festivals in Kyoto that have been passed down to this day although it was interrupted for a while.
・The parade consists of more than 500 people, dresses like Heian-style and leaves for Kamigamo Jinja Shrine via Shimogamo Jinja Shrine. It's spectacular!
■Each parade more than 20 people expresses their story of the Heian era.
・"Norijiri" who is a rider to lead.
・"Kebiishinosakan" who is in charged of a police judiciary.
・"Kebiishinojo" who is in charge of the guard.
■The history of Aoi Matsuri Festival
When starvation and epidemics spread over the capital about 1,400 years ago, people said the cause was "the anger of deity of Kamo".
Therefore the Emperor sent an Imperial messenger (Chokushi) to hold a festival and soothe deity, the storm was finally relieved.
■The place of reserved seating
・Kyoto Imperial Park, the south of Kenreimon (Start: 10:30)
・The approach of Shimogamo Jinja Shrine (Arrival: 11:40)
●Tickets cannot be sent internationally. Visitor from abroad are asked to note hotel name and address in Japan in the application form.
●Click the date (May 15th) in the calendar below.
【Postponed in case of rain】
*Parade special viewing seat ticket is non-refundable.
*The parade (May 15th) will be postponed until the following day (May 16) because of rain.
*If you cannot participate in the festival on May 16, you won't get a refund.
*It will be canceled due to rain on 16.
**If it rains on the rescheduled day, the festival is to be canceled.
Only in the case of cancellation, we will refund you the ticket price excluding the postage (JPY 450).
Ticket refund is accepted no later than about one month after the festival is canceled. For details, please refer to the Kyoto City Tourism Association website.
Q. What time should I arrive at the seat?
A. As congestion is expected on the day of the festival, please arrive at Kyoto Imperial Park before 10:00 a.m. or before 11:00 a.m. at Shimogamo Jinja Shrine.
Q. Can we eat at the seat?
A. Yes, you can. Please take all of your trash home with you when you leave.
Q. Is there something I have to know?
A. No parasols, no smoking and no flash photography in the seating area. We hope everyone can enjoy watching the festival.
Q. How long does the festival last?
A. About 1 hour from the head of the parade to the end.
Q. Where should I ask about the festival if weather condition is not good?
A. You can ask at Kyoto City Tourism Association [tel: 075-213-1717] or Facebook ("Like!Kyoto" http://www.facebook.com/LikeKyoto) about postponement. Please access it after 6:00 a.m. on May 15th.
Organizer: Kyoto City Tourism Association
|Price||・The special viewing seat ticket [Shimogamo Jinja Shrine]: JPY 2700 (a ticket, a brochure) per person
・Delivery charge JPY 450 for 1 shipping
＊All seats are reserved.
・Tickets can not be sent internationally.
・Visitor from abroad are asked to note hotel name and address in Japan in the application form.
◆About a reservation
・Please log in for member registration before making a reservation.
・Click the circle of May 15th on the calendar below.
・Your reservation will be confirmed with completion display.
◆From the reservation to the festival
1) WEB reservation completion.
2) You get the ticket at the hotel that you are staying.
3) Please come to your reserved seat with a ticket on the day of the festival. You need to check in at each block's reception desk.
4) You can get the brochure at each block's reception desk on the day.
|Cancellation policy||Cancel after a reservation: 100%
※Only in the case of the event cancelation, we refund you the ticket price excluding the delivery charges (JPY 450).
|Included||Ticket charges (reserved seat, brochure), delivery charges|
|Not Included||Personal expenses, transportation expenses|
|Please note||*All seats are reserved.
*The ticket is non-refundable.
*Please be sure to bring the ticket, otherwise you won't be seated.
*As congestion is expected on the day of the festival, please arrive at Kyoto Imperial Park well in advance. (No refund if you are late.)
|Meeting point||■Kyoto Imperial Park (Be sure to arrive before 10:00 a.m.)|
・10-minute walk from Marutamachi Station (Subway Karasuma Line)
Aoi Matsuri Festival reserved seat
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The program is subject to be suspended or change without notice.