Kyoto Travel Guida


Kyo-no-Tanabta 2018(Kyoto Tanabata Star Festival)

August 02 , 2018

Kyo-no-Tanabta is a collection of events held in August, which is when Tanabata falls in the lunar calendar. The events are designed around the theme of "Wishes," in honor of the tradition of "making a wish once a year." It is a ten-day event full of magical productions of bamboo and light, where visitors can enjoy the tradition of Tanabta in true Kyoto style.

The Horikawa Site will offer romantic productions such as the "Milky Way of Light," which replicates the beautiful Milky Way full of stars, and the "Yuzen Nagashi of Light," which embellishes Horikawa River with light and beautiful Yuzen silks. The Kamogawa Site will create a wondrous world with productions such as the "Furinto," a wind chime installation of refreshing sounds, and the "Walkway of Bamboo and Light," an enchanting path of illuminated bamboo shoots.

At each site, visitors can purchase "Picture Postcard Strips" (100 yen each) for writing wishes and attaching them to bamboo leaves. In addition, many temples and shrines in the area will be putting up Tanabata decorations and offering special nighttime admissions.

◆ Horikawa site
August 4(Sat) to 10 (Fri),2018
Illumination Hours: 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
Location: Area around Horikawa River Walking Path (Thevicinity of Oike Dori to Ichijo Modoribashi Bridge)
* During the event period the Walking Path will be one-way (to the north) only.

◆ Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) Site
August 1(Wed) to 15 (Wed),2018
Illumination Hours: 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. (Doors close at 9:00 P.M.)
Location: Inside the World Heritage former detached palace Nijo Castle
*Castle admission fee required

◆ Kamogawa Site
August 4 (Sat) to 10 (Fri),2018
Illumination Hours: 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.
Location: Area around the Kamogawa River (Bukkoji Dori to Oike Dori)

◆ Umekoji Park Site
August 3 (Fri) to 12 (Sun),2018
Illumination Hours: 7:00 P.M to 10:00 P.M
Location: Umekoji Park

◆ Kitano Tenman-gu/Kitano Kamiya-gawa Sites
August 4 (Sat) to 16 (Thu),2018
Illumination Hours: Sunset to 9:00 P.M
Location Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, Kitano Kamishichiken, area in front of Kitanomon Gate on Imadegawa Dori, area around the Kitano shopping district, The vicinity of Taishogun Shopping Street

◆ Okazaki Site
August 11 (Sat, holiday) to 12 (Sun),2018
Illumination Hours: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Location Okazaki Park and nearby facilities, etc.


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