Gion Festival With 1,000 years of history Enjoying Japanese traditional atmosphere and Kyo-ryori (local cuisine of Kyoto) on Kawadoko

2017.08.08

Gion Festival With 1,000 years of history Enjoying Japanese traditional atmosphere and Kyo-ryori (local cuisine of Kyoto) on Kawadoko

In July, Kyoto is prospered by
“Gion Festival”
that is held for a month.

Gion Festival started in the Heian Period to pray for the God to suppress prevalence epidemics at that time.
It’s one of
“Japan’s three greatest festivals”.

Though it was interrupted by wars, it’s been a historic festival that has more than 1,000 years of history.

Gion Festival is a summer tradition in Kyoto.
Tourists from both Japan and abroad rush for it.
A lot of attractive spots make the festival more excited;
“Yamahoko Junko”
that is a main event held in 17th, various stalls along the street, and
“Yamahoko Date”
that constructs yamahoko without spikes.

By the way, do you know that
“Kawadoko / Kawayuka”
the tatami floored space, is located along big rivers in Kyoto like Kisengawa-river and Kamogawa-river during the Gion Festival?

“Kawadoko” is a kind of “Shokujidokoro (restaurant)” that puts the tatami floored space
by restaurants to enjoy meals from May to September.
People can enjoy the murmuring of the river and the scenery outside, and Kyo-ryori
delivered on a tray on the tatami; indeed, people will enjoy the Japanese traditional atmosphere.

It’s a luxury moment that walking through the town of Gion Festival to feel 1,000 years of history
and enjoying the Japanese summer and meals on Kawadoko.

Why can’t you experience it?

However, Kawadoko in the Gion Festival season is very crowded, so that you should surely make a reservation!

Source of photo:
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/hirokikurioka/e/560e820712597de05865129a9c1ae7de

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