Jidai Matsuri is one of the most famous festivals in Kyoto besides Aoi Festival and Gion Festival. Not only Japanese but people from other countries visit to enjoy the festival. Yamakuni-party, the head of the 2km parade proceeds with playing the pipes and the drums and is followed by about 2,000 people. It makes you date back Enryaku era, when Heian-kyo was built and remind you of history in Kyoto we’ve forgotten. It’s a veritable epitome of Japanese history. The parade in orderly makes us travel back in time from the Meiji Restration to Enryaku era. Lastly, you can see the parties called Shinko and Kyuzen carry imperial carriages.
* This video was shot in the past.
[The Route of the Procession]
Kyoto Imperial Palace(12:00) -> Karasuma Marutamachi (12:30) -> Karasuma Oike (12:50) -> kawaramachi Oike (13:20) -> Kawaramachi Sanjo (13:30) -> Sanjo Jingumichi (14:10) -> Heian Jingu Shrine (14:30)
(Time stated above will be sometimes a little behind schedule.)
It takes about 2 hours for the parade to be thorough with passing. Having pay seats is recommended. For more information please check https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/jidai/kanran.html