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Jidai Matsuri

Jidai Matsuri

The Jidai Matsuri (時代祭) is a festival that takes place every year on October 22, the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. It consists of a large parade that travels from the Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine. Jidai Matsuri is Japanese for "Festival of Ages", and the participants of the parade are dressed in accurate costumes from almost every period of Japanese history, as well as famous historical figures. There are about 2000 participants and it takes two hours to watch the entire procession pass by. The Jidai Matsuri is held by Heian Shrine, and both the festival and the shrine were established in 1895 to celebrate Kyoto's history and culture. A few years before in 1868, the capital was moved to Tokyo after having been in Kyoto for over a thousand years. Despite its short history, the Jidai Matsuri is one of Kyoto's three most famous festivals, along with the Gion Matsuri in July and the Aoi Matsuri in May. The historical costumes and characters that are displayed in the parade cover over 1100 years history during which Kyoto was the national capital.



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Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka

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The Discover Japan Tour with Jidai Festival offers a must- see look through the ages at Kyoto history and traditional culture, plus sights and activities at must-see Japan destinations to delight every traveler.

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Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Sat. Oct 25, 2025 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Thu. Oct 15, 2026 Sun. Oct 25, 2026 US $5298.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Discover Japan Autumn - Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Jidai Festival with Hiroshima arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Yudanaka / Obuse / Narai / Magome / Nakasendo / Tsumago / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Hiroshima / Miyajima Island

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Add a two day extension to Hiroshima on this special 13- day Discover Japan Jidai Festival Tour, that features sights and experiences in Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Yudanaka, the Nakasendo Road, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka.

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Tue. Oct 15, 2024 Sun. Oct 27, 2024 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Wed. Oct 15, 2025 Mon. Oct 27, 2025 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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Thu. Oct 15, 2026 Tue. Oct 27, 2026 US $6198.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

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