Aoi Matsuri takes place on May 15 of this year. It is the annual festival of Kamigamo and Shimogamo Shrines. Its origins date back to the late 8th Century C.E. and is referenced in the first Japanese novel The Tale of Genji.
Come explore the countryside of Kyoto on one of our Garden Tours and discover why tourists call Kyoto “the Rome of Asia” during cherry blossom season. Visit the receptionist any time to make your appointment!
The Kyoto Hannaryz, Kyoto’s distinguished basketball team, plays the Ryukyu Golden Kings next Saturday, May 24. The Hannaryz currently stand 2nd in the Western Conference of the Kyoto Prefecture league. The team looks to continue its climb toward the number 1 seed for this season’s playoffs. Come out and enjoy the show!!
Kyoto’s Takigi Noh theatre performances are one of the city’s most popular events; On both days, three major Noh schools (Kanze, Kongo, Okura) will perform these slow-moving, mysterious plays on a special fire-lit, outdoor stage set up in Heian Shrine.
This annual ceremony and dance performance, based on a dance style that was developed by the Heian imperial court, is highly recommended.