Jidai Matsuri Festival is one of the Kyoto's most representative festivals.
It is a costume procession dedicated to the Kyoto's history from the 8th to 20th century (the Heian era to the Meiji era).
About 2000 Kyoto locals-participants parade the streets, dressed in colorful exotic costumes representing various era and characters in Japanese history, with 70 horses, 2 cows and carriages.
The 2 km-procession departs from the Imperial Palace and slowly makes its way through the streets of Kyoto to Heian Jinjya Shrine taking about 2 hours. The fantastic range of authentic historical costumes will fascinate audience.
You can see the procession anywhere along the route below.
Departing Kyoto Imperial Palace 12:00 → Karasuma Oike 12:50 →
Arriving Heian Jingu Shrine 14:30
The 2-km procession departing the Imperial Palace at 12:00, then head west passing Marutamachi-dori, then proceed from Karasuma-dori to Oike-dori, Kawaramachi-dori, Sanjo-dori, then go to Jingu-michi, arriving Heian Jingu Shrine. The procession can be viewed at any area of along the streets above the route.
Ishin Kinno-tai branch:
The Imperial loyalist troops from Yamaguni-tai branch from the Tamba area.
The costumes of court noble family in end of the Edo period.
Oda Nobunaga clan:
Oda Nobunaga, Hashiba Hidesyoshi, Shibata Katsuie, etc.
The Muromachi Period:
The Ashikaga shogunate administrators, etc.
Kusunoki clan and Yabusame group:
Kusunoki clan: Kusunoki Masashige and Masasue, etc. with samurai armor putting on.
Jonan-gu's Yabusame group: The Yabusame, archery on horseback with their costumes on.
Women of the Middle Age period and the Heian period:
Women of the Middle Age period: Ohara-me, Katsura-me, Abutsu-ni, Shizuka-gozen, etc.
Women in the Heian period: Tomoe-gozen, Seisho-nagon, Murasaki Shikibu, Ono-no-komachi, etc.
Military Officer of the Enryaku period:
Wearing the costume of the departing time for the war by Sakanoue no Tamuromaro, a military officer of the Heian period.
Civil Servant of the Enryaku period: Kuge, a court noble of the Heian Period wearing costumes.
A women who put flowers on their head and sell flowers.