Kyoto Event You should not Miss in Winter 2018

Arashiyama Hana Toro 2018

It it the even’s 14th year to hold Arashiyama Arashiyama Hana Toro. You can enjoy light up of Chikurin no comichi, the bamboo forest, the mountain and exhibition of flower arrangement works.
The atmosphere in the evening feels very different from how it is in Arashiyama district and you can fully enjoy the strolling around the street with warm color lights.
URL / Event Date 2018.12.8-12.17 / Time 17: 00-20: 30 / free / Location

Kyoto Station Building Illumination

Illumination is decorated in every part of the station building including the 22 meters high Christmas tree.
In addition, you can find the decoration throughout the station such as station building garden, East Plaza, station square.
URL / Event Date 2018.11.17-12.25 / Time 17: 00-22: 30 / free / Location

Yasaka Shrine Okera Mairi

This is known as a traditional New Year’s Eve tradition. Transfer the fire from the lamp lantern located in the precincts of Yasaka Shrine to the special rope and take it home while trying fire species will not put out. The event starts at 19:30 on New Year’s Eve and last until 5:00 in the morning next day.
You will find a lot of street food stalls and it fells like a festival. Recommended to visit the shrine for the New Year’s visit.
URL / Event Date / 2018.12.31-2019.1.1 / Time 19: 30-5: 00 / free / Location

Heian Shrine New Years Eve

In the all-night light event held on New Year’s Eve, the light of the lantern hanging under the eaves of the shrine gently illuminates the precincts. From 6 o’clock, in the morning of New Year’s Day, one of the New Year’s Annual Events, will be held and the dance “Urayasu no Mai” by priestesses will be dedicated.
URL / Event Date 2018.12.31-2019.1.1 / free / Location

Chion-in Temple Koyano kane – countdown bell

It is famous for its distinctive performance that the bells of Chion-in, with a diameter of 2.8 m, a height of 3.3 m, and a weight of 70 t, a total of 17 monks ring the huge bell together.
Chion-in Temple once close the general attendance at 16 o’clock on of New Year’s Eve and open the gate again at 20 o’clock. Monks ring the bell once a minute from around 22:40, and do it 108 times in total. ( takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes!) You can feel how the year ends quietly in Japan in a traditional way.
URL / Event Date 2018.12.31 / Time from 20: 00 / free / Location

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