Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival) #2

Area Central
Category Festival


For the duration of Yoiyama (7/14 - 7/16), Shijo-dori and its surroundings become pedestrian-only roads. There are lots of yatai stalls lined up on Muromachi-dori and Shinmachi-dori, which intersect Shijo-dori north-to-south. Every shop has plenty of customers, and the festival atmosphere rises to a fever pitch. These photos are views of Shijo-dori. Although it’s not yet nightfall, there are already crowds of people on the street, including some dressed in yukata.


(L)A taiyaki (fish-shaped pastry) stall.
(C)People lining up for a yakisoba stall.
(R)Here’s the obligatory takoyaki.


(L)The goldfish-catching game is always popular with kids. And, come to think of it, with adults too.
(C)Another kids’ favorite, the fishing-for-prizes game.
(R)This game is called Smart Ball.


(L)A lottery. Wonder if I'll win something?
(R)The chocolate banana stall is a hit with the ladies.


Everyone looks like they’re having a great time. What’s more, this is only the beginning - there are still more yatai to visit and still more tasty treats to savor. Give it a try!

Address Kyoto City, Kyoto, Japan
Refarence 7/1 - 7/31

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