September Temple Events in Kyoto

August 19, 2016

Kurama Temple

With the heat of the summer finally fading and the season beginning to turn into autumn, the month of September is a perfect month to get out and explore all that the Old Capitol has to offer! Luckily, between extended temple hours, traditional festivals and events, and flea market sales, you will have more than enough options for welcoming the fall season in Kyoto all month long!

Festivals and Events

Karasu-zumo (Crow Sumo Wrestling Ceremony) at Kamigamo Shrine

What: Starting in the morning, people gather in front of the shrine to offer flowers and pray. Following the morning ritual, visitors are invited to gather and watch local children as they compete in the annual sumo wrestling competition and enjoy a complimentary cup of chrysanthemum sake.
Where: Kamigamo Shrine, 339 Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8047
When: September 9, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.
Website: http://www.kamigamojinja.jp/english/index.html

Seiryu-e Festival at Kiyomizu Temple

What: In celebration and appreciation for one of the sacred guardians of Kyoto, a large blue dragon will be carried around the temple in a dance-like procession.
Where: Kiyomizu Temple, 294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862
When: September 14-15, 2016 from 2:00 p.m.
Admission: 300 yen
Website: http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/en/

Yoshitsune Festival at Kurama Temple

What: In memorial and celebration of the legendary samurai who used to live at the temple, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, an annual ceremony and martial arts performance occurs at the temple.
Where: Kurama Temple, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-1111
When: September 15, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.
Admission: 300 yen

Flea Markets

Tenjin-san Market at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

If you’re looking for authentic and traditional pieces of Japanese artwork, handicrafts or clothing, then the Tenjin-san Market shouldn’t be missed! Just walking around the market and browsing the different items for sale among the 1000+ vendors is enough to fill your day with an interesting cultural experience.

Where: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Bakurocho, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-8386
When: September 25, 2016 and the 25th of every month from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kobo-san Market at Toji Temple

In addition to traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and art pieces, Kobo-san market is unique in offering Japanese architecture-related and carpentry-related tools like roof tiles, door handles, light fixtures, and wood carving devices. There are usually between 1000-1300 vendors so there is sure to be something for everyone!

Where: Toji Temple, 1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-8473
When: September 21, 2016 and the 21st of every month from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tezukuri-ichi Market at Chionji Temple

This is much more of an artisanal/craftsman market. Offering items sold from just 300 vendors, each stall is filled with handmade items from clothing, jewelry, carpentry, furniture, and food for you to enjoy and possibly purchase!

Where: Chionji Temple, 400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-8686
When: September 15, 2016 and the 15th of every month from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tezukuri-ichi at Kamigamo Shrine

Similar to the market held at Chionji Temple, this flea market features local vendors selling handmade crafts, artwork, clothing, and jewelry. It’s a little smaller than Chionji Temple’s but makes for a fun local experience!

Where: Kamigamo Shrine, 339 Kamigamo Motoyama, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8047
When: September 24, 2016 and the 4th Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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