Jidai Matsuri Festival Schedule (October 22, 2024)

Jidai Matsuri Festival 2024

The schedule of Jidai Matsuri Festival (Jidai Festival) is introduced here. Jidai Matsuri Festival is held every year on October 22nd. On Jidai Matsuri Festival, a procession of about 2,000 people and about 2 kilometers long departs from the Kenreimon gate of Kyoto Imperial Palace and travels to Heian Jingu Shrine.

【Jidai Matsuri Festival 2024 Schedule】

Jidai Matsuri Festival procession will depart from Kenreimon-mae, Kyoto Imperial Palace on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2024, at 12:00. However, in case of bad weather, it will be postponed to the following Wednesday, October 23rd.

【Jidai Matsur route & map】

Timetable: Kenreimon-mae (12:00) → Sakaimachi-gomon (around 12:15) → Karasuma-Marutamachi (around 12:30) → Karasuma-Oike (around 12:50) → Kawaramachi-Oike (around 13:20) → Kawaramachi-Sanjo (around 13:30) → Sanjo-Bridge (around 13:40) → Sanjo-Jingumichi (around 14:10) → Heian Shrine (around 14:30)
★Nearest station to Kyoto Imperial Palace: Imadegawa Station (about 5 minutes on foot), Marutamachi Station (about 5 minutes on foot)

【Jidai Matsuri Festival procession brief overview】

Jidai Matsuri Festival procession of about 2,000 people and about 2 kilometers long, led by the Yamaguni-tai, who play flutes and drums, departs from the Kenreimon gate of Kyoto Imperial Palace and heads to Heian Jingu Shrine. Incidentally, Kenreimon is the most prestigious gate of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, where only the Emperor, the Empress and foreign heads of state can pass. Jidai Matsuri Festival procession goes in the order of Kyoto Gyoen, Marutamachi-dori, Karasuma-dori, Oike-dori, Kawaramachi-dori, Sanjo-dori, and Jingu-michi, and arrives at Heian Jingu Shrine. The route is about 4.5 kilometers long and Jidai Matsuri Festival procession takes about two and a half hours.
Jidai Matsuri Festival procession consists of Meiji Restoration period (around 1868), Edo period (1600-1868), Azuchi-Momoyama period (1568-1600), Muromachi period (1338-1573), Yoshino period (1333-1392), Kamakura period (1192-1333), Fujiwara period (897-1185), Enryaku period (782-806), and Shinko-retsu. Jidai Matsuri Festival procession dates back sequentially from Meiji Restoration period, when Edo shogunate ended and the emperor’s government was transformed, to Enryaku period, when the capital was relocated to Heian-kyo in 794. The leading Yamaguni-tai is derived from Ishin-Kinno Yamaguni-tai. Ishin-Kinko Yamaguni-tai was formed in 1868 by recruiting troops from the court noble Saionji Kinumochi, and contributed to the Meiji Restoration. Incidentally,2 Horen of Shinko-retsu carry the spirits of the 50th Emperor Kanmu, who relocated the capital to Heian-kyo, and the 121st Emperor Komei, who was the last emperor to rule the capital. Jidai Matsuri Festival procession recreates the history and customs of Kyoto when the capital was located in Kyoto.

【Jidai Matsuri Festival history and brief overview】

Jidai Matsuri Festival (Jidai Festival, 時代祭) originated from the grand celebration of the founding of Heian Jingu Shrine in 1895 and the 1,100th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo. Jidai Matsuri Festival procession was originally proposed as a way to understand the history and culture of Kyoto at a glance, before the capital was transferred to Tokyo. Jidai Matsuri Festival procession was operated by “Heian Kosha” organized by a wide range of citizens, and initially had 6 rows and about 500 people, but then in 1921 it became 8 rows, and in 1932, it became 10 rows, and now it is 20 rows in 8 eras, about 2,000 people. The costumes, furnishings, and ritual utensils of Jidai Matsuri Festival have been recreated with the best of traditional craft techniques cultivated in the ancient city of Kyoto over its 1,000-year history. Jidai Matsuri Festival is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, along with Aoi Matsuri in May and Gion Matsuri in July, and is also one of the four major festivals in Kyoto with Gozan Okuribi in August.

【Jidai Matsuri Festival remarks】
Always check with the organizer for event information. Information on this site is for reference only. Contents of the event may have changed.
時代祭2024 (Jidai Matsuri Festival)


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