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Gojo-Zaka Toki Matsuri

五条坂 陶器まつり
Area East area
Category Festival

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Toki Matsuri (Gojozaka Ceramic Festival) is a pottery market held August 7th - 10th every year all through the Gojo-Zaka section of Kyoto. As might be expected from its designation as a “festival” rather than a "market", however, it is one of the biggest ceramic festivals in all of Japan.
Bustling with no fewer than 400 stalls, it is well-known by many as an important Kyoto summer tradition. This area (between Yamato-Oji Dori and Higashi-Oji Dori off Gojo Dori) is known as the birthplace of "Kiyomizu-yaki"(Kiyomizu Pottery) and is lined with a large number of pottery and porcelain shops even today. Hundreds of thousands will visit over the course of the event, looking for their favorite goods and visiting stalls while enjoying the festive atmosphere.

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We came to the Toki Matsuri.
Here, near the exit of Kiyomizu-Gojo station of the Keihan railway, is the western tip of the Toki Matsuri. Now let’s start!

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We walked to the east.
Food carts selling “Kakigori”(shaved ice) and sweets are set up at the beginning to liven up the festive atmosphere.

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After walking a little while, we pass Yamatooji-dori street, where there is a stone marker saying “Ahead lies Gojo-Zaka.” Beyond this point there are rows of stalls selling pottery.

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The path is lined with stalls on both sides. It continues on like this for about 400m.

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Of course, there is a lot of Japanese-style pottery. Many of of the items are decorated with plant designs. I like the calm atmosphere.

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They also have chic pottery like this.

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Everyone eagerly sizes up the goods. Have thay found what thay are looking for?

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Some of the pottery is rather funny, like these.

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I noticed that everyone was carrying the same kind of fan. The event staff were handing out fan on the road.

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We got fans too. It was hot, so we fanned ourselves with the fan as we walked.

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This is Wakamiyahachimangusha shrine, located on Gojo-dori street. Also known as Toki-jinja shrine(Ceramic shrine), in enshrines “Tososhin”(God of ceramic). Simply put, it is a shrine dedicated to the god of pottery.

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On this day, they were holding a Maiko event as part of Toki Matsuri. A variety of other events are held as well, and the popular festival attracts a great many of visitors over all four days.
Whenever you visit Kyoto, be sure to check out this festival if the timing works out right!

Address Gojozaka area, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto city, Kyoto
京都市東山区五条坂一帯
Open 8/7 - 8/10
9:00a.m. - 11:00p.m.
URL http://www.toukimaturi.gr.jp/index.html
Access Keihan KiyomizuGojo station
City Bus Stop Gojozaka
City Bus Stop KawaramachiGojo
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