Recommended Events

In the historic city of Kyoto, there are many events during your stay in Kyoto in August. The followings list some events held during 8/10-8/18, 2019 for your reference.

Kamishichiken Beer Garden, July 1 –  September 5
Illustrated Night Parade of One Hundred Demons, July 15 – August 31
Hyakumanben Tedukuri-Ichi (handicraft market), August 15
Matsu-age Torch Lightings, August 15, 24
Arashiyama Toro Nagashi, August 16
Gozan Okuribi Ritual Fires, August 16

Kamishichiken Beer Garden
July 1 –  September 5

A chance to enjoy a cold beer and delicious food in the company of some of Kyoto’s esteemed geiko and maiko, Kamishichiken geisha district opens their theater as the Kamishichiken Beer Garden.

Illustrated Night Parade of One Hundred Demons
July 15 – August 31

Kōdai-ji in Higashiyama is host to a projection mapping light-up in summer, allowing you not only to explore the grounds at night, but also to enjoy an interesting Japanese yōkai (spirit/demon) themed exhibition at their “Illustrated Night Parade of One Hundred Demons” event.

Hyakumanben Tedukuri-Ichi (handicraft market)
August 15

This is a flea market held on the grounds of Hyakumanben Chionji Temple in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City selling hand-made goods. The market is held on the 15th of every month. In addition to selling handmade everyday items, there is also a variety of homemade bread, cakes and sweets on offer. 

Matsu-age Torch Lightings
August 15, 24

A countryside event that highlights some of the traditions in the more rural areas of Japan, the Matsu-age Torch Lighting festivals are held in three outlying villages in Kyoto during the month of August.

Arashiyama Toro Nagashi
August 16

A mysterious floating lantern event takes place on August 16 in Arashiyama where the lanterns carry prayers.  Arashiyama Toro Nagashi is a lantern floating event that takes place every year in during Obon, a time when it is believed that the spirits of ancestors come back to this world, on August 16.

Gozan Okuribi Ritual Fires
August 16

The Gozan Okuribi bonfires are lit on five mountainsides around Kyoto as part of arguably the most famous Obon festival in the country.