Kyoto events, Kyoto nightlife

Best 10 Must-see hot events Guide in Kyoto, July 2017 (w/Photos)

Must-see hot events held in Kyoto for July, 2017 brought to you by MagicalTrip staff. We highlight the best events for anyone visiting Kyoto in June, 2017 and wondering what to do.
Plan a trip around the various traditional events held in Kyoto in July, 2017.
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Connect with Japanese Culture and Tradition

1. World cultural heritage site, “Shimogamo shrine” special viewing – 8 to 31 July

Once in a while, the shrines rebuild the building that enshrines their God; therefore, they would have to move their god to another building. This event is called “Sengu”. For many shrines, this is a big event and this year a world cultural heritage site, “Shimogamo shrine” will be having their “Sengu”. This is an event which is held only once every 21 years. And as part of the “Sengu”, many of the national treasures such as “Nagaredukuri” will be on display. If you are ever in Kyoto, this is definetely a must see event!

Schedule

8th to 31st July : AM10:00-PM4:00

Access & Address

15 min by walk from Demachiyanagi Station

  • 20 min by train from Kyoto Station

Held around Shimogamo Izumigawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

Adult: 600 yen / Child: 300 yen
Tickets are available at the venue but we recommend you to purchase tickets in advance to avoid traffic.
Please contact us for advance ticket status.

Official Site

World cultural heritage site, “Shigamo shrine” special viewing Official Site

2. World cultural heritage site, “Kamigamo shrine” special viewing – 8 to 31 July

During this event, you can visit two of Kamigamo shrine’s national treasures which were registered as world cultural heritages, while being guided by the priest. Kamigamo shrine will have the “Honden” which enshrines the Kamowake Ikazuchi no Kami (Thunder god) and “Gonden”, with two of the national treasures on display. You can also enjoy the 41 cultural assets of Kamigamo shrine as well as much more in the “Shosengu”. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and feel the energy of these 1000 year old treasures.

Schedule

8th to 31st July : AM10:00-PM4:00

Access & Address

1 hour 45 min by walk from Kyoto Station

Held around 339 Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

Adult: 600 yen / Child: 300 yen
Tickets are available at the venue but we recommend you to purchase tickets in advance to avoid traffic.
Please contact us for advance ticket status.

Official Site

World cultural heritage site, “Kamigamo shrine” special viewing Official Site

3. Wall paintings of “Kurosyoin” special display – 1 to 31 July

This event will be held as a part of the Nijo Castle 400 year anniversary. In commemoration of the 150 year anniversary from the Taiseihokan, wall paintings of “Kurosyoin” will be on display for the first time in 7 years. You can enjoy a luxurious “stage of paintings” such as the painting of the snow covered great pine and red plum illustrating the atmosphere of early spring on the northern area behind where the shogun would sit, the paintings of the cherry blossoms and azaleas blooming on the east, west and walls of the room, and many more.

Schedule

1st to 31st July : AM9:00-PM4:45

  • Closed on Tuesday

Access & Address

1 min by walk from Nijojo Station

  • 15 min by train from Kyoto Station

Held around 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

100 yen
Tickets are available at the venue but we recommend you to purchase tickets in advance to avoid traffic.
Please contact us for advance ticket status.

Official Site

Wall paintings of “Kurosyoin” special display Official Site

4. Polish Techniques – Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts – 1 to 31 July


Source: Mastery of an Art

“Polish Techniques – Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts” is an exhbition where Japanese and French “techniques” and “skills” are used to create beautiful works, and are displayed. You can enjoy Van Cleef & Arpels foundation’s high jewelry techniques from start till now and the traditional art produced in the Meji era of Japan. In addition, you can see the fusion of culture of Japan and France.

Schedule

1st to 31st July : AM9:30-PM5:00

  • Closed on the 18th

Access & Address

10 min by walk from Higashiyama Station

  • 15 min by train from Kyoto Station

Held around 26-1 Okazaki Enshojicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

1,500 yen
College Student: 1,100 yen
High School Student: 500 yen
Under Junior High School Student: free
Tickets are available at the venue but we recommend you to purchase tickets in advance to avoid traffic.
Please contact us for advance ticket status.

Official Site

Polish Techniques – Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry and Japanese Crafts Official Site

5. Bakumatsu Douran!! Ryouma, Shinsengumi – 1 to 9 July


Source: rekijin magazine

“Bakumatsu Douran!! Ryouma, Shinsengumi” is an event held in commemoration of the year after the fierce war of the samurai era ended, and the Meiji government was established. A wide variety of documents from that time when the battle of Toba and Fushimi broke out such as the Shinsengumi, Sakamoto Ryoma, and other famous emperors and daimyo are displayed. It is a must see event for those who like Shinsengumi or that era. Don’t miss this event held in the key location of that time, Kyoto!

Schedule

1st to 9th July : AM10:00-PM5:30

Access & Address

45 min by walk from Kyoto Station

Held around 1 Seikanji Ryozancho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

Adult: 700 yen
College Student: 400 yen
Under Junior High School Student: 300 yen
Don’t need to reserve.

Official Site

Bakumatsu Douran!! Ryouma, Shinsengumi Official Site

6. The 2017 TANGO Yasaka Noryosai Firework Fesitval – 15 July


Source: jalan

“The 2017 TANGO Yasaka Noryosai Firework Fesitval” will be held at Tango Okoku “Shoku no Miyako”, Yasakacho, Kyoutango-shi. The main event is the fireworks after the “Noryosai”. In addition to various kinds of fireworks, such as the Star Mine and “Tora no Kyo”, memorial fireworks of Yasaka Noryosai and musical fireworks will be launched. You can relax and enjoy the fireworks in the open grass space.

Schedule

15th June : PM8:40-

Access & Address

10 min by taxi from Mineyama Station

  • 4 hour 10 min by train from Kyoto Station

Held around 123 Yasakacho, Kyotango-shi, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

For free & don’t need to reserve.

Official Site

The 2017 TANGO Yasaka Noryosai Firework Fesitval Official Site

Enjoy Japan’s Nature

7. Kifune no Kawadoko – 1 to 31 July

“Kifune no Kawadoko” is a restaurant where you can enjoy delicious dishes alongside the Kifunegawa, said to be the back seat of Kyoto. Kawadoko are a traditional Kyoto riverside restaurants that opens only in the summer. Kifune no Kawadoko is quite unique for being so close to the riverbed that you can almost touch the water if you reach. You can enjoy wonderful Kyoto cuisine while listening to the waterflow of Kifunegawa being freed from the summer heat and bustle of the city.

Schedule

1st to 31st July

Access & Address

30 min by walk from Kifuneguchi Station

  • 45 min by train from Kyoto Station

Held around Kuramakibunecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

Depends on restaurant & don’t need to reserve.

Official Site

Kifune no Kawadoko Official Site

8. Syouzann Keiryouyuka – 1 to 31 July


Source: flickr

“Syouzann Keiryouyuka” is a restaurant located on the upstream of the Kamiyagawa which runs through the vast Japanese gardens of Ranhoku and Takagamine. Here you can enjoy traditional Kyoto cuisine while enjoying the cool mountain stream and the view of Kyoto city. The traditional Kyoto cuisine made with summer seasonal ingredients tastes fantastic along with the cool riverbed and green landscape.

Schedule

1st to 31st July : AM11:30-PM3:00, PM5:00-9:30

Access & Address

40 min by walk from Kitaoji Station

  • 30 min by train from Kyoto Station

Held around Shozan Resort Kyoto, 47 Kinugasa Kagamiishicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

Lunch: from 5,346 yen
Dinner: from 9,504 yen
Purchase tickets in advance for reservation.
Please contact us for ticket status.

Official Site

Syouzann Keiryouyuka Official Site

9. Kamogawa Nouryouyuka – 1 to 31 July

kamogawa-nouryo

After the end of the Sengoku era, peace returned to the Kawahara of Kamogawa, and many stores opened as well as these wealthy merchants rested in tea shops around the Kamogawa. Since that time, Kamogawa has been loved as a great place to relax, and the summer only “Nouryouyuka” started. Many people now enjoy the Kamogawa Nouryouyuka between May 1 and September 30. “Noryo” means “to stay cool in the summer”, and “yuka” is a place to eat and drink while enjoying the cool wind from the waterside and river. The Kamogawa Nouryouyuka is the summer tradition of Kyoto and visiting will let you experience this relaxing event that many locals enjoy during the summer.

Schedule

1 to 31 July

Access & Address

5 min by walk from Kawaramachi Station

  • 20 min by train from Kyoto Station

Held around Nakagyo-ku & Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

Depends on restaurant & don’t need to reserve.

Official Site

Kamogawa Nouryouyuka Official Site

Enjoy special shopping in Japan

10. The 68th Kyoto Antique Fair – 1 to 2 July


Source: flickr

“The 68th Kyoto Antique Fair” is an exhibition sale event where antique art items from not only Kyoto but also from all over Japan and the world gather to be sold. Over 330 booths and over 150,000 items will be displayed making it the largest antique event in Western Japan. Every year the scale grows, and dealers and antique art lovers from all of the world gather. There are various genres such as Kyoto furniture, folding screens, hanging scrolls, ukiyoe, traditional Asian clothing, and Western European vintage accessories, making it an event that you can also enjoy by just watching.

Schedule

1st to 2nd July : AM10:00-PM5:00

Access & Address

5 min by bus from Takeda Station

  • 45 min by train from Kyoto Station

Held around Pulse Plaza, 5 Takedatobadoncho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto

Price / Charge & Reservation

For free & don’t need to reserve.

Official Site

The 68th Kyoto Antique Fair Official Site

If this got you interested in experiencing deep local culture first hand, we, MagicalTrip provide unique night tours with a friendly local guide in Japan. You’ll get to go to local Izakaya bars to enjoy authentic food and drinks, why don’t you give MagicalTrip’s Bar Hopping Food Tours.

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About Shoto Hachiya

Hello, my name is Shoto! I’ve lived in and traveled many countries. Through the experiences, I saw a lot of different cultures and customs, and that made me realize how unique Japanese culture is.