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The Amazing Costumes at Jidai Matsuri Festival from Kyoto


We are festival lovers, there's no doubt about it. Therefore when the staff at Hotel Granvia Kyoto (you can also read our hotel review) announced us upon our arrival that they had got festival tickets for us, we were thrilled. They totally took us by surprise and we were deeply moved by their attention to detail and courtesy. We had previously seen the Ikebukuro Autumn Festival in Tokyo, but Jidai Matsuri promised to be completely different.

Jidai Matsuri, or the Festival of Ages is one of the most important celebrations held in Kyoto. It was inaugurated after the capital moved to Tokyo at the end of 19th century. And since the parade is a historical reenactment, we had the chance to see some of the most spectacular traditional Japanese costumes.


Thanks to our hotel we had front row seats reserved right in front of the Town Hall. The parade lasted approximately 5 hours, time in which over 2,000 people dressed in anything from peasants to samurai, flashed in front of us the whole feudal history of Japan. 

We were given flyers with the program of the procession, as each group of people represented a different historical event. But for us, as Westerners, the big attraction of the festival remained the gorgeous and colorful costumes that came in so much variety. 




















Our time in Japan was courtesy of Japan Rail Pass.

22 comments:

  1. Amazing sights to witness! If I had a wish list, Japan would be right up there.

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    1. Japan is amazing and this festival was so colorful! Five hours seemed like one.

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  2. I've been to so many Japanese festivals, but I keep missing the Jidai Festivals. The one in Kyoto is literally around the corner. I hope I will be able to go this year! ^___^

    I really enjoyed this blog posts and all the photos. Thanks a lot for sharing! :)

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    1. Fingers crossed you will make it to Jidai Matsuri this year :)

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    1. Thank you, Angela! I loved the costumes too.

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  4. What a cool experience...great costumes!

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    1. We indeed had so much fun watching all the costumes and photographing them!

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  5. Gorgeous photos! I'd love to see such a festival.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl! I really hope you will someday!

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    1. Me too! Jidai Matsuri is a very colorful festival :)

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  7. Gorgeous shots! Japan is sooo colorful. Love it.

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    1. Indeed! It's impossible not to love Japan ;)

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  8. Wow, gorgeous photos. Japan keeps fascinating me, and this essay just fuels my excitement to go!

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  9. Wow, very cool and colorful. Great pictures! In a weird way the geishas look beautiful.

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