Immerse yourself in the culture and history of Japan by experiencing their vibrant matsuris (festivals)
1. Gion Matsuri
Taking place throughout July, Gion Matsuri is Kyoto’s biggest annual matsuri. As the festival of Yasaka Shrine, the month-long event is centered on a collection of 32 magnificent parade floats known collectively as “yamaboko” (strong man of Yamato), each one requiring more than a dozen people to pull. Visitors can dress in traditional yukata (light cotton kimono) and enjoy festival snacks.
Shijo Karasumae Area, Kyoto, Japan