Monthly Recommendation


●Gozan-no-Okuribi (A giant bonfire)●

"Bon festival" is the Buddhist service for the dead. Around August 15th, Japanese people welcome the spirit of the dead comes back from the other world. In Kyoto, "Gozan-no-Okuribi" has been hold to send-off the spirit since 15th century. On each of the five mountains surrounding the city, giant bonfires are set the light. Four of these fires are in the shape of "kanji", the Chinese characters. Other fires shape the boat and shrine gate "Torii". On the summit of a Mt. Funaoka-yama, you can see all bonfires.


lighting time Chinese characters & shapes Place(Address) view spots
20:00 Daimonji (“大” in kanji) Higashiyama Nyoigatake Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

along Kamo-gawa river from Marutamachi to Misono-bashi bridge
Access: Keihan railway Demachiyanagi station, subway Karasuma line Kitayama station

20:10 Myo/Ho  (“妙・法” in kanji) Matsugasaki Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

around Matsugasaki water purification plant,
Myo:around Takaragaike park , Kitayama st.
Ho: Kitayama st.(near Matsugasaki station, Takano-bashi bridge
Access: subway Karasuma line Matsugasaki station, Keihan railway Demachiyanagi station

20:15 Funagata (shape of boat) Nishigamo Funayama Kita-ku, Kyoto

around Misono-bashi bridge, Kitaoji-bashi bridge, Kitayama st.
Access: city bus stop Kamigamo jinja-mae, subway Karasuma line Kitaoji station, subway Karasuma line Kitayama station

20:15 Hidari Daimonji (“大” in kanji) Ohkitayama Kita-ku, Kyoto

on Mt. Funaoka-yama, along Nishioji st. from Shijo st. around Kinkaku-ji Temple
Access: city bus stop Funaokayama, city bus stop Kinkakuji-michi

20:20 Torii-gata (shape of shrine gate) Saga Toriimoto Ukyo-ku, Kyoto

North of Seiryo-ji Temple, Hirosawa-ike pond, Arashiyama, Matsuo-bashi bridge
Access: city bus stop/ Kyoto bus stop Saga Shakado-mae, city bus stop Daikakuji, JR Saga Arashiyaam station, Hankyu railway Arashiyama station

*each fires light about 30min
*the time schedule may change by the weather

●Kawayuka terrace●

Every May to September, restaurants along Kamo-gawa river establish "Kawayuka" seat like terrace temporally. This Kawayuka seat was started by the merchant who treated to set the flexible chair for the guest in Edo period (17th to 19th century). Also, this terrace called "Kawadoko" is established around Kibune, north of Kyoto. Today, you can visit the restaurant with "Kawayuka" for lunch (only May and September) and tea and they prepare limited menu. Why don't you try "Kawayuka" in this summer?

Kawayuka restaurant

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