Kyoto Welcomes Spring with Hanatouro

Kyoto is home to countless festivals and events throughout the year. Every March, the already gorgeous streets of the Higashiyama district are illuminated with lanterns and there are a series of events based around the theme of ‘flowers and lights’ that take place throughout the area.
This series of events is called Hanatouro (花灯路). The events are fairly recent, having only started in the Spring of 2003, but has since become a new tradition to welcome spring into Kyoto. Kyoto-ites have welcomed it into their normal culture and flock to the street of Higashiyama and Gion every spring to catch a glimpse of these gorgeous illuminations!

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Gion Matsuri – Kyoto’s Biggest Festival (Part II: Events)

You’ve learned the history of the Gion Festival, so now it is time to put that knowledge to use! The Gion Festival is a very long one, lasting one whole month, so it gets difficult to keep track of all the different events taking place. Even though the main attractions of the Gion festival are the “Yama-boko-Junkou” on July 17th and the “Ato Matsuri” on July 24th, various festivities and functions are held throughout the month. Check out what is going on each day below and find which events interest you the most!

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