Yearly Events

1/1 05:00 am Okera-sai

Okera-saiPrayers for health and happiness.

1/3 08:00 am Genshi-sai

This is a kind of a new year's festival.

1/3 01:00 pm


(Ceremony of the first Karuta play of the new year)

Karuta-hajime-shiki Dedication of the Karuta play, a Japanese traditional card game held by the Japanese Karuta House.

1/7 10:00 pm Wakana-sai

Wakana means "young green". They offer young green to God and pray for happiness.

1/9 03:00 pm


(Yoi Ebisu)

Ebisu-sha-sai The ship of shichifukujin marches around the Shijo street.

1/10 03:00 pm


(Hon Ebisu)

(9~10th day)Prayers for prosperity and security of family.

(We present souvenirs in front of Ebisu-sha on the 9th and 10th days.)

1/every second Monday in month 11:00 am


(Coming of age festival)

Celebrating their participation as grown-ups and pray for happiness.

1/19 10:00 am eki-jinja-sai

Prayers to drive out bad luck at eki shrine

2/2 09:00 am Setsubun-sai

Prayers for health and happiness. Ponto-cho(01:00 pm) and Miyagawa-cho(03:00 pm) dedicate dances. We scatter beans and rice cakes.

2/3 Setsubun-sai

Same as above, Imayo(11:00 am), Gion kobu(01:00 pm), Gion higashi(03:00 pm) dedicate dances.We scatter beans and rice cakes.

On both days, we offer happy beans and Amazake, a sweet drink made from rice and sake.

2/11 10:00 am Kigen-sai

We pray for the establishment of the country, prosperity of the nation and happiness of people. They dedicate a Seishin-ryu Ginbu dance and serve you with rice cakes.

3/17 10:00 am Kinen-sai

Prayers for luxuriance with music and dance.

3/ the vernal equinox day 10:00 am


Prayers for the coming of spring.

5/5 10:00 am Tango-sai

Prayers for the health and happiness of their children.

5/ the beginning of summer Onzo-sai

Offering of summer clothes to deities.

5/ the end of May Onda-sai

Rice planting performance in the sacred rice field in Tanba-cho

6/14 07:30 pm~09:30 pm


(Dedication of Kagura)

Kagura is sacred dance and music performed on the occasion.

6/15 10:00 am Rei-sai

A large festival held on the day connected with the God. They also dedicate Kagura.

6/15 03:00 pm Ken-ei hikou-shiki

Performance of Ayanokoji-ryu tanka poetry.

6/ the end of June

Suzu-no-o hono hokoku-sai

Dedication of the cords of bell.

6/30 03:00 pm oh-harae-shiki

A ceremony for purification of sins.


(Gion festival)

Gion-matsuri Held between July 1 to 31.

Many events are held during the festival. The highlights are Yoi-yama on the 16th and Yamahoko-junko on the 17th.

Also Hanagasa-junko happens on the 24th and ends with the Eki-jinja nagoshi-sai on the 31th.



8/7 10:00 am Tanabata-sai

An exhibition of children's drawings.

9/23 10:00 am Shuubun-sai

A festival for the coming of Autumn.


9/The eighth lunar month

07:00 pm~09:00 pm

Kangetsu-saiA festival of moon viewing held on Buden.

10/17 10:00 am kanname-sai-housyuku-  sai

The day on which the emperor offered the new grains to the Gods

11/1-31 Shichigo-san moude


11/3 10:00 am Meiji-sai

Mourning of and giving thanks to the Meiji emperor.

11/the beginning of winter Onzo-sai

Offering winter clothes to deities.


( Dedication of Bugaku)

Bugaku-hono Dance dedication with a big drum and other music.

11/23 10:00 am Niiname-sai

Offering of the first crops and praying for luxuries.

12/21 Susuharai

A ceremony of housecleaning in the shrine.

12/23 10:00 am Tencho-sai

Celebration of the birth of the emperor and prayers for his long-lived life.

12/28 04:00 am Sanka-shiki

The chief priest of the shrine ignites a fire by using the mallet and the mortar made from the hinoki tree. He then lights the Okera Tourou ("tourou" means garden lantern). The fire is kept burning in the main shrine throughout the year.

12/31 03:00 pm Oharae-shiki

A ceremony for the purification of sins.

12/31 07:00 pm Joya-sai

After the festival, the Okera fire is moved to the two Okera Tourou. People ignite the lantern's matchlock with the sacred fire then carry the lantern back home to ignite a candle before the home altar. They make zouni (rice cakes boiled with vegetables on New Year's Day) by that fire and pray for happiness during the new year.

12/31 10:00 pm

Imamiyaebisu-jinja tai hono
Imamiyaebisu-jinja tai honoOn every new year's eve, Imamiyaebisu shrine offers breams to Yasaka shrine.

every month / 1・15


The monthly festival was attended by the ujiko.

(people under the protection of the local deity)