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Kyo no Tanabata Festival
During the time of the festival, wishes from all over the country are gathered together. The wishes are burned in huge fires and return to the heavens. This event happens at the five most important temples of the region and in Kiyomizu Temple. (This ceremony consists of burning amulets with fire to return the wishes to the Heavens.) During the time of the festival, temples and shrines are lit up by night, and visitors can enjoy "Yuzen Nagashi" (washing kimono silks in the river.)
Oike Dori, Kyoto, Kyoto
August 2nd to August 11th ※May vary depending on the year
It is recommended to wear Japanese traditional clothes, such as yukatas (summer cotton kimonos) in order to create a Kyoto-like atmosphere. Visitors wearing Japanese traditional clothes are eligible to receive special services. Yukatas are available for rent too, including help to get dressed.
Directly next to the "Shijokawara Machi" city bus stop.
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