Aoi Festival is a Japanese traditional festival held on every May 15th.
Among the aristocrats of the mid-Heian Period, they directly associated the word "festival" with Aoi festival.
The uniqueness of this festival is a gorgeous parade in the style of the ancient Heian Court.
People in the parade is adorned with the hollyhock leaf crest, also called "Aoi".
Since Heian Period, this traditional style is preserved as a national event.
The parade annually start from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, and goes through Marutamachi Street and Kawaramachi Street, reaches Shimogamo Shrine.
After that they pass Shimogamo Main Street, Kita-Oji Street, Kamogawatei, and then reach Kamigamo Shrine.
In order to enjoy the parade fully and leisurely, the special seats are available as a chargeable survice.
It will take about one hour to watch all 700-meter-long parade.
Aoi Festival-one of the three big festivals in Kyoto!
You should visit there.
Date: May 15th, 2015
Route: Kyoto Imperial Palace → Marutamachi Street → Kawaramachi Street → Shimogamo Shrine(Shato no Gi) → Shimogamo Main Street → Rakuhoku High School Mae → Kita-Oji Street → Kita-Oji Bridge → Kamogawatei → Kamigamo Shrine
Special seat: 2050yen for a seat( only for reserved seats with a special pamphlet ) Set up at Kyoto Imperial Garden(10:30～), and Shimogamo Shrine Road(11:40～)
Inquiry: Kyoto City Tourism Association 075－752－7070
Official site: https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/aoi/index.html