[2019 Edition] Experience the Gion Matsuri, Kyoto's Legendary Month-Long Festival
Every year in July, the Kyoto city center is full of the sights and sounds of the Gion Matsuri, or Gion Festival. Known as one the major three festivals in Japan, the Gion Matsuri is held by Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto's Gion area. This month-long celebration includes lively street festivals, important religious events, and parades which features the priceless yamaboko floats the festival is famous for. Read on to learn about Gion Masturi's fascinating history and customs, all the events happening in town, and how to make the most of your time in Kyoto during the event.