- 2018 Itinerary of Aoi matsuri festival
- 2019 Reserved seat of Aoi matsuri festival
- 2019 Where do we see Aoi matsuri festival?
- Access to viewing spot
2018 Itinerary of Aoi matsuri festival
The itinerary of the parade
Kenreimon in Kyoto Imperial Palace
Sakaimachigomon in Kyoto Imperial Palace
Arrive at Shimogamo shrine
Start from Shimogamo shrine
Rakuhoku high school
Arrive at Kamigamo shrine
These are approximate time. It takes about 40 min. to see the whole parade.
2019 Reserved seat of Aoi matsuri festival
Reserved seat of Kyoto Imperial Palace and Shimogamo shrine
If you would like “Viewing seat” ticket, you can buy it at Kyoto City Tourism Association(Japanese language only). The last year, it cost 2050 yen for one person.
Reserved seat of Kamigamo shrine
We cannot buy this seat ticket in advance. We buy it on 15th of May at Kamigamo shrine. 1000 yen for one person.
2019 Where do we see Aoi matsuri festival?
The lines map shows the route of the parade. A red Torii is Kyoto Imperial Palece. A green Torii is Shimogamo shrine. A blue Torii is Kmigamo shrine. IF you click aliens, you can see approximate time indicated in the last chapter. The following are places I recommend.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Red lines are “Viewing seats”.
At blue Alien, the members of the parade wait for start.
You can have a good view of the parade.
At green alien, you can see the parade and traditional Japanense gate.
At red alien, you can see the parade and traditional Japanense wall.
At Shimogamo shrine, the parade passes through very narrow street in the Tadasuno mori forest. If you wanted to see the parade there, you would be better in the reserved seat.
Red lines are “Viewing seats (Reserved seat)”.
Hondensai is a ritual held before the parade arrives. It starts 13:30.
The parade of Aoi matsuri
The parede arrives at Kamigamo shrine around 15:30. I think this is the best place to see Aoi matsuri festival becaase you can see the parade so closely.
Access to viewing spot
YOU BETTER TAKE TAXI
If you took bus, You should be confused because bus routes are changed to avoid traffic jam.
In case of you would like to take bus and trains, read the following.
Kyoto Imperial Place
Take subway Karasuma Line. About five minuites walk from Karasuma station.
Take #17, 102, 201, 203, or other buses stops at Demachiyanagi Ekimae bus stop.
About five minuites walk from Demachiyanagi Ekimae bus stop.
Take subway Karasuma line and go to Subway Kitaoji station. At Kitaoji bus terminal adjacent to Subway Kitaoji station, take #37 bus and get off at Kamigamo misonobashi bus stop.