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Gion Matsuri 2023: Sakimatsuri Yoiyama 祇園祭前祭宵山英語で説明

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Traffic regulations 2023 交通規制最新情報

前祭宵山交通規制マップ

The schedule of the red arrows in the map

  • Dates・・・7/15, and 16
  • Hours・・・ 18:00~23:00)

Near Naginata Hoko and Kanoko Hoko, the small traffic regulation (two-way) for pedestrians are on. At the corners, you’ll find police officer on duty.

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Breaking 2023 直近最新情報

7/15 Yoi-yoi Yama 宵々山

Early in the morning, the Imitakes were prapared.

The is prepared for the Shimenawa rope he cuts off.

7/14 Yoi-yoi-yoi Yama 宵々々山

After 21:00

At Tsukihoko one of the Tenuguis they offer are sold out.

At Toro Yama, T-shirts are sold out except the ones for kids.

The Goshuin stamps of Hakuga Yama are updated. There are 2 kinds.

Around 12:00

At Shinsen-en, the place Gion Matsuri started some 1000 years ago, the abbot of Shinsen-en temple and the priest of Yaska shrine exchanged the sacred water.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

In Japan, we use water for Harae. Check the post on Chinowa Kuguri.

"Chinowa kuguri" at Yasaka shrine 2023 茅の輪くぐり英語で説明
Chinowa is a big wreath. A story about Somin Shorai says that the Deity save us from malady with it. We always find it in June and July but we also find it in March to prepare for coronavirus.

祇園祭2023宵山混雑状況

At Naginata Hoko, the Chimakis of the day were sold out.

月鉾授与品2023

At Tsukihoko, small fan is sold out. Chimakis are still available.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

It will be sold out in the late evening.

祇園祭2023宵山混雑状況

シカさん
シカさん

ぎゃあああああああああああ!!!!!!!!!!!!

At Toroyama people wait in line. The red arrow shows the end of the line and the white one indicates the Kaisho.

蟷螂山授与品2023

T-shirts and Tenugui and others are available.

祇園祭2023宵山混雑状況

Byobu Matsuri of Nagokake is on the go.

At Iwato Yama and Udare Yama, we can enjoy the ornamants of them.

7/13 Yoi-yoi-yoi-yoi Yama 宵々々々山

Yamahokos lit their Komagata Chochin lanters.

祇園祭2023宵山混雑状況

Near Naginata hoko, the trafic regulation is on.

函谷鉾2023御朱印

This year, Kanko Hoko offers us 2 kinds of Goshuin stamp (300 yen each). Kanko Hoko prepares a tapis of Mont Saint-Michel for the Maekake. The special sheet for Goshuin is available for 200 yen. (the right)

Kikusui Hoko Tea Party started.

  • 13th・・・13:00~21:00
  • 14th・・・12:00~21:00
  • 15th・・・13:00~21:00
  • 16th・・・12:00~21:00

祇園祭宵山2023

シカさん
シカさん

しっぽり

しっぽり(Shippori) means something wet physically or mentally.

7/12

Today, the musicians of Kikusui Hoko and Kanko Hoko plays Gion Bayashi music on each Hoko. At Kaisho of Kanoko Hoko, we can have Chimaki for 1000 yen.

7/11

祇園祭2023

Now Mikoshis are in Buden of Yasaka shrine. The priests will bring the sprits of the deities to them on 15th.

祇園祭2023鉾立

Today, Yamahoko-building started,

シカさん
シカさん

Check out.

How to build Yamahoko float? Gion matsuri festival 2024
Hoko tate 鉾建て(Yamahoko buidling) In Yamahoko/ Yamaboko parade in Gion matsuri festival, we can see 4 kinds of Yamahoko f...

The Ohayashi musicians of Ohfunehoko are practicing.

大船鉾龍頭

At Daimaru department store, we can see the figurehead of Ofune Hoko.

祇園祭弓矢町武具飾2023

This year, the Samura armor exhibition of Yumiyacho takes place.

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七里ヶ浜親方

On 7/12, I found 2 armors. I’m sure some Samurais couldn’t afford to wait.

お福さん
お福さん

It is not a well-known event. Only few Gion Matsuri-enthusiasts know. DO NOT MISS it.

  • Dates・・・7/15~17
  • Opne hours・・・10:00~17:00

7月10日

Mikoshi Arai shiki and Omukae Chochin took place.

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What is Yoiyama? 宵山とは

2018宵山

Yoiyama means a kind of small festivals held a few days before in Hokomachi.

Hokomachi is a district where we can find Yamaboko floats. As seen in the photo above, there are many paper lanterns hanging on Yamaboko floats.

Yoiyama is preparation for Mikoshi and Yamaboko parade. It still reminds secret when it started but Gion Groyo-e Saiki, a book on Gion Goryo-e (the former name of Gion matsuri.), tells us it began in the 18th century.

Today, the word Yoiyama has two meanings; The three consecutive days before Yamaboko parade, and the eve of the parade.

 いちきしま ひめ
 いちきしま ひめ

In Saki Matsuri, Yamahoko parade is on 17th. We call 16th Yoiyama, 15th Yoiyoiyama, and 14th Yoiyoiyoiyama precisely.

In this article, we call the nights of 14~16th Yoiyama.

祇園祭駒形提灯八幡山

In Yoiyama, we can see paper lanterns hanging on Yamaboko floats, enjoy Ohayashi music, and have Chimaki amulet and Goshuin stamps at Kaisyo, a kind of head office of Yamaboko floats. At many Kaisho, we can enjoy ornaments of Yamahoko. It is called “Kaisyo Kazari.” Most of them are put on Yamaboko floats on the very day of Yamaboko parade.

たけちよ
たけちよ

What is Gion Matsuri?

Gion matsuri festival in Kyoto 2024: Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, and Yoiyamas!!! 祇園祭2024英語で説明
The guide on Gion matsuri festival 2024 in Kyoto; its schedule, Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, Yoiyamas, history, the reason why it is celebrated, souvenirs, and other must-sees. Anything is available.
Gion matsuri Schedule 2023 : Mikoshi, Yamahoko parade Yoiyama 祇園祭日程2024英語版
The schedule of Gion matsuri 2024 was announced. Mikoshi, Yamahoko parade, and Yoiyama available. Gion matsuri has lots of rituals held in July. In this article, you can see exact schedule they are held.
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About Yoiyama 心得

  1. Yoiyamas started on 7/14; Yoi-yoi-yoi Yama (7/14), Yoi-yoi Yama (7/15), amd Yoi Yama (7/16).
  2. Yoi Yama (7/16) is the most crowded day
  3. On 7/15 and 16, have souvenirs by the 18:00. At 18:00, traffic regulations are on. After that, it takes at least 2 hours to see all the Yamahoko floats.
  4. Food srands are available in Saki Matsuri.
  5. The stores in Hoko cho are on sale, you could get many things in reasonable price.
  6. Do not go Yoiyama by bus. Trains are strongly recommended. 
たけちよ
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REMEMBAAAH!

  • 7/14: Crowded. 7/15: So Crowded. 7/16日: 鬼のようにCROWDED.
  • Naginat Hoko is the most popular float. Chimaki and souvenirs are sold out easily.
  • Tsukihoko and Toro Yama (especially t-shrit and Tenugui hand towel), too.
  • Kanko Hoko has 3 place for Goshuin stamps.
  • Fune Hoko sells lots of souvenirs. Handwritten Goshuin stamps are available.
  • Hosho Yama is an only floats with Goriyaku of Enmusubi.
  • Toro Yama
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Food stands

Food stands are located near Shijoh Karasuma crossings (indicated in the brown line in the map). There would be a lots of people.

Yakisoba, Takoyaki, Choko Banana and other Japanese foods are availeble.

Alcohols ans soft drinks are also availeble.

At Maruyama Koen, there also are food stands. Maguro Kaitai show’s availeble.

シカさん
シカさん

In Maguro Kaitai show, a chef cooks a big tuna.

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Traffic regulations for pedestrians

In effect 18:00~23:00 on 7/15 and 7/16

  • Karasuma str. 烏丸通(Black)・・・Each way, devided.
  • Shijo str. 四条通(Purple)・・・Each way, devided.
  • Muromach str. 室町通(Blue)・・・One way, from south to north
  • Shinmachi str. 新町通(Red)・・・One way, from north to south
  • Takoyakushi str. 蛸薬師通(Green)anc Nishiki str. in green 錦通(Green)・・・東から西への一方通行
  • Nishiki in vermilion 錦通(Vermilion)・・・One way, from west to east.
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Kaisho open hours

Kaisyo is a place where a Yamahoko float belongs to. You can have souvenirs and Goshuin stamps there.

Sakimatsuri 前祭
13th~16th Naginata Hoko長刀鉾
Kanko Hoko函谷鉾
Niwatori Hoko鶏鉾
Kikusui Hoko菊水鉾
Tsuki Hoko月鉾
Iwato Yama岩戸山
Hosho Yama保昌山
Hakurakuten Yama白楽天山
Toro Yama蟷螂山
14th~16th Hoka Hoko放下鉾
Fune Hoko船鉾
Moso Yama孟宗山
Urade Yama占出山
Yamabushi Yama山伏山
Arare Tenjin Yama霰天神山
Kakkyo Yama郭巨山
Hakuga Yama伯牙山
Ashikari Yama芦刈山
Abura Tenjin Yama油天神山
Tokusa Yama木賊山
Taishi Yama太子山
Ayagasa Hoko綾傘鉾
Shijo Kasahoko四条傘鉾
Minami Kannnon Yama南観音山
17th Minami Kannnon Yama南観音山
Atomatsuri 後祭
20th~23rd Ennno Gyoja Yama役行者山
Shijo Ofune Hok四条大船鉾
21st~23rd Minami Kannnon Yama南観音山
Hashi Benkei Yama橋弁慶山
Koi Yama鯉山
Jyomyo Yama浄妙山
Kuranushi Yama黒主山
Suzuka Yama鈴鹿山
Hachiman Yama八幡山
Takayama鷹山

 

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After the traffic regulations

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

刮目してくれ

In 2023, Yoiyamas would be SOOOOO CROWDED.

祇園祭先祭宵山マップ

  1. Start at Naginata Hoko. Follow the black line.
  2. Visit floats in the area encircled in the red. In this area, we have no traffic regulations.
  3. In front of Kakkyo Yama, follow the blue line.
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This is the shortest way.

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Coping with the regulations 交通規制開始後の攻め方

Get Yoiyama map

Hankyu Karasuma sta. or Subway Shijo sta. is the perfect station to get to Hokomachi. These stations are located underground. Go to Shijo street by way of “EXIT 23(出口23).”

You’ll be the place indicated in the red circle. Information center is located there. Have a free map(s). IF you can’t find it, maps are available in the Kaishos of Yamahokos.

交通規制開始後

祇園祭先祭宵山マップ

After the regulations, take this way to all the Yamahoko floats as indicated in next chapter.

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具体的な攻め方図説

前祭宵山交通規制対策

First, go to Naginata Hoko and walk to the east.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn right. The blue cirlcle: YOSHINOYA Gyudon Store.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Aftre 3 blocks, you’ find Hoshoyama.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

After, Hosho yama, turn around and turn left.

The blue cirlce: Hotel Nikko princess.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Walk straight.

The blue cirlce: ENEOS gas station.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn right.

The blue cirlce: Hotel WING.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Walk straight.

The yellow square: Hakurakuten Yama.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Walk straight.

The yellow square: Niwatori Hoko.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn left at Shijo street.

Walk straight to Tsukihoko.

The yellow square: Kikusui Hoko

The blue circle: YASAKA and clover.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

After Tsuki Hoko, to the other side of Shijo street and turn left.

The blue circle: Holy’s cafe.

The yellow square: Kanko Hoko.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Go Straight to Yamabushi Yama.

The yellow square: Yamabushi Yama.

The blue circle: LAWSON

The red circle: Vending machine of Coke.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

After Yamabushi Yama, turn left.

The blue circle: Parking lots.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn left at the next corner.

The blue circle: A willow tree.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Go straight to Hoka Hoko.

The yellwo circle: Hoka Hoko.

前祭宵山交通規制対策前祭宵山交通規制対策

Cross the Shijo street to Fune Hoko.

The red circle, a face with フクハウチ.

The blue circle: TAKAKURA.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

After Fune Hoko, go straight to Iwato yama.

The yellow square: Iwato Yama.

祇園祭先祭宵山マップ

After Iwatoyama, visit Ayagasa Hoko and the non-regulation zone enclosed in the red line.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

After that, be a crossing near Tally’s coffee (Shijo Nishino Toin)

The blue circle: Tally’s coffee.

The yellow square: Kakkyo Yama.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

After Kakkyo Yama, head for Tsukihoko.

The Yellow square; Tsuki Hoko.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

The blue circle; a face with フクハウチ.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

The yellow circle: Tsukihoko.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn left.

The blue circle: Holy’s cafe.

The yellow square: Kanko Hoko.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn right.

The yellow square: Yamabushi Yama.

The blue circle: LAWSON

The red circle: Vending machine of Coke.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Go straight to Urade Yama.

The yellow circle: Urade Yama.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

After Urade Yama, turn right and go to Moso Yama.

The blue circle: Holy’s coffe.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

The yellwo square: Moso Yama.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn right at Shijo Karasuma crossing.

The blue circle: Mitsui Sumitomo Bank 三井住友銀行

前祭宵山交通規制対策

You don’t go to Kanko Hoko at once because of the regulations.

Pass through Kanko Hoko.

The yellow square: Kanko Hoko

The blue circle fence divides the street,

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn left right at the next crossing.

The blue circle: Holys cafe.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Turn LEFT this time.

The yellow square: Yamabushi Yama.

The blue circle: LAWSON

The red circle: Vending machine of Coke.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Go to Arare Tenjin.

The yellow circle: Arare Tenjin.

The blue circle: Comfort Inn Hotel.

前祭宵山交通規制対策

After Arare Tenjin, turn left at the next crossing.

 

前祭宵山交通規制対策

Go straight to Hoka Hoko.

The yellwo circle: Hoka Hoko.

Tun left and Go to Kanko Hoko.

The red circle, a face with フクハウチ.

The blue circle: TAKAKURA.

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Hiyori Kagura 日和神楽

日和神楽

Around midnight of 7/16, Ohayashi musicians of floats pay a visit to Otabisho to pray the success of Yamahoko parade.

日和神楽

The musicians of Naginata Hoko visit Yaska shrine instead.

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Kaisyo Kazeri 会所飾りの有無

Naginata Hoko, Kikusui Hoko, Tsuki Hoko, Toro Yama, Shijo Kasa Hoko, and Taisiyama don’t offer Kaisho Kazari.

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When would we go the Yoiyama?

In daytime or night

If you wanted Chimaki, Goshuin stamp, and other things at Kaisyo, it would be better go there in daytime though Yoi of Yoiyama means “night.” At night, many people visited Kaisyo and it might take time to have these things.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

We have hot days in daytime usually. Prepare for them!

げきすせん
げきすせん

In daytime, buy the things you want and enjoy Yamahoko floats, paper lanterns and Kaisyo Kazari.

At twilight

宵宮祭/Yaaska shrine at dusk

We have two matsrui in Gion matsuri; Saki matsruri and Ato matsuri. In Ato matsuri, the twilight reminds of us autumn though we are in the midst of summer.

Car-free zone?

In Ato matsuri, we have car-free zones only around Yamaboko floats. And we don’t have one-way roads.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

Go anywhere you want!

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Access to Yoiyama

In Kyoto, we usually take bus to go to our destination but it would be better to take trains in Yoiyama period.

やぎももさん
やぎももさん

The bus routes are changed to avoid Hokomachi.

Following are the stations near Hokomachi (the enclosed area in blue line);

Kyoto City Subway Shijo station(the blue train on the map), Hankyu Karasuma station (the red train), and Keihan Shijo Kawaramachi station (the green train).

 

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On Yamaboko 鉾にのせてもらう

船鉾に乗るところ

We can be on Yamaboko floats. In Atomatsuri, Ohfuneboko, Kita Kannon yama and Minami Kannon yama.

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Souvenirs 授与品

船鉾

In every Kasyo, we can buy Chimaki, Tenugui towels and so on.

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Gosyuin stamp 御朱印

山伏山の御朱印四条傘鉾の御朱印函谷鉾の御朱印

In Yoiyama, every Yamaboko offers us Gosyuin at Kaisho.

大船鉾御朱印

They are stamps but we have calligraphy Gosyuin at Ohfunaboko.

祇園祭御朱印帳

At Kaisyo and book stores, we can have Gosyuin-cho (Gosyuin book) specialized on Gion matsuri.

令和元年長刀鉾御朱印

At the top of a page, the name of Yamboko is indicated.

 いちきしま ひめ
 いちきしま ひめ

Attentio~n!

函谷鉾御朱印東

あ

Put the right stamp on the right page. In the photo, Goshuin of Kankoboko is on a page of Kikusuiboko.

菊水鉾御朱印

うん
うん

Press a stamp tightly.

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At midnight 人がいなくなった後の山鉾

祇園祭2016 後祭

Around 22:00~23:00, most people go back to home and Hokomachi was deserted and paper lanterns are turned off. It’s one of the beautiful moments in Yoiyama.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

Don’t miss it!

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Bargain sale お買い物

西陣織西陣織

At Yoiyama, we can buy beautiful Japanese cloth, Kimono, and other things related our culture at LOW PRICE.

後祭宵山セール

For example, I Bought these Hariko paper figurines only for 300 yen.

 

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Breaking News 2022年最新情報

Overview

たけちよ
たけちよ

EXCLUSIVE!!!

The following is a schedule of Saki Matsuri of Gion Matsuri 2022.

  • Saki Matsuri・・・7/14~7/16
  • Traffic regulations for pedestrians: 18:00~23:00 on 7/15 and 7/16
  • Yoiyama ends around 23:00
  • Food, game, and souvenir stalls are available on 7/15 and 7/16
  • For more info, visit Kyoto prefectural police’s Kyoto prefectural police’s website.

7/17

7/16 Yoi Yama 宵山

祇園祭2022宵山混雑状況

Around 16:00. オニのようにcrowded though Yoiyama has not yet started.

祇園祭2022宵山混雑状況

At 18:00. The regulation is in effect. So many people, we are in 修羅場 (syuraba, toughest situation).

祇園祭2022宵山混雑状況

We’ve got a lot of food sands today.

7/15 Yoi Yoi Yama 宵々山

Yoi Miya Sai宵宮祭

祇園祭宵宮祭2022

Now the Deities are on Mikoshis and ready for outing.

Yoi Yoi Yama 宵々山

祇園祭2022宵山混雑状況

シカさん
シカさん

ぎやあああああああ!!!!!

Yoiyama area is so crowded as usual year.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

Tomorrow, オニのようにCROWDED.

There were a few Food stands.

7/14 Yoi Yoi Yoi Yama 宵々々山

たけちよ
たけちよ

Breaking report, 合掌

  • NO traffic regulations are in effect but lots of police officer are there.
  • We cannot stay around Naginata Hoko, and Kanko Hoko.
  • At 19:00, Chimaki of Naginata Hoko  are sold out.
  • We can get 4 Goshuin stamps at Kanko Hoko.
  • At Yamabushi Yama Kaisho, we can admire brad-new Mizuhikis (somthing like carpets decolate floats.) . Buy something at Yamabushiyama to see them.  Usual year, we exercise Chinowakuguri but it’s not available this year due to COVID-19. 3 types of Goshuin stamps are available.
  • Ofune Hoko Kaisho is open in Sakimatsuri. Goshuin stamps and souvenirs are available. This year, Ofune Hoko parades with a golden dragon. It makes Ryuto Gekishu with Fune Hoko.
  • At Toroyama Kaisyo, most of all T-shrits are sold out.
  • It takes about 90 minutes to see all of Yamahoko floats except Hosho Yama. It will take much more time on 15th and 16th.
  • In Yoiyama, it’s hot because there are lots of people around us. Take water or smth when feeling thirsty.

お福さん
お福さん

Make sure what Ryuto Gekishu boats are.

祇園祭2022宵山

シカさん
シカさん

Typical Sakimatsuri bleu. We cannot expect this in Atomatsuri.

祇園祭2022宵山混雑状況

Shijo street is not crowede as expected.

祇園祭2022宵山混雑状況祇園祭2022宵山混雑状況

So is Yoiyama area.

函谷鉾御朱印2022函谷鉾御朱印2022

たけちよ
たけちよ

Kanko Hoko has 4 types Goshiin stamps. 1 and 2 is available any other years except ”令和四年.” ”令和四年” is our Imperial year. Get both of them at a Tent located east to Kanko Hoko. 3 is available at the one to located west to it. 4 is available at the one to located west to it. Each one of them is 300 JPY.

七里ヶ浜親方
七里ヶ浜親方

4 is peculiar. Soラブリー( Rabu Ry, lovely)

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Appendix 参考文献

真弓常忠(2000)『祇園信仰』朱鷺書房

真弓常忠/編 (2002)『祇園信仰事典』戎光祥出版

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下間正隆 (2014)『イラスト祇園祭』京都新聞出版センター

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