Best Things to do in Kyoto this Week


Need to get some inspiration for what to do this week in Tokyo? Say no more and check out this weeks Highlights of Kyoto.

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Gion Festival 2024

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This is a month-long festival that takes place in the Gion district of the city. The highlights of the festival are the parades called Yamaboko Junkō on July 17 and July 24. Additionally, the three days that lead up to each parade, the streets are closed to cars. There is also a very good chance that you will see a Geisha during your time here so keep an eye out!

Start/End Dates July 1st – July 31st

Tanabata Evening Light up


Because the Tanabata festival was merged with another tradition, the Festival to Pray for Better Skills, people began the tradition of writing the skills they wished to improve on slips of paper to hang from bamboo branches.  These days, however, most people write wishes of all kinds. Enjoy the beautiful lit up shrine and bask in its elegance.

WebsiteKifune Shrine
Start/End Dates July 1st – August 15th
TimeSunset – 20:00

Markets and Gardens

Local Market at Toyokuni Shrine

Niigata, Gyokusendo, handicraft

Toyokuni Shrine’s monthly market offers local products with a unique theme each day: clothing and textiles on the 8th, antiques and second-hand items on the 18th, and handicrafts on the 28th. 

WebsiteLocal Market at Toyokuni Shrine
Start/End Dates July 18th
Time10:00 – 15:00

Kobo-ichi Market at Toji-Temple

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ⓒChuosen Aruaru Project

The Kobo-ichi Market at Toji Temple is a vibrant, year-round event held on the 21st of every month. This bustling market offers a wide variety of antiques, crafts, clothes, and local foods. It’s a great place to experience Kyoto’s rich culture, mingle with locals, and find unique treasures. make sure you attend if you find yourself in the area this week!

WebsiteKobo-ichi Market
Start/End Dates July 21st
Time07:00 – 16:00


Takashi Murakami Exhibition: Mononoke Kyoto

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To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art is hosting a special exhibition with world-famous artist Takashi Murakami. This is Murakami’s first large-scale exhibition outside of Tokyo. Most of their work is inspired by Edo painters and is quite unique for those experiencing it for the first time.

WebsiteTakashi Murakami Exhibition
Start/End Dates February 3rd – September 1st
Time10:00 – 18:00
Tickets ¥2,000

GIANT ROBOTS – The Core of Japanese Mecha Anime

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Ready to celebrate the mecha genre of anime? From the origin piece of Tetsujin28 in 1963 to modern day, this exhibition houses a history of designs and visual impressions of mecha shows. If you enjoy how these shows match the size and scale of these robots with the grounded realism, this will be an exciting look into their creation.

WebsiteMuseum of Kyoto
Start/End Dates July 6th – September 1st
Time10:00 – 18:00
Tickets ¥1,800

Hosomi Museum: Heart-fluttering Combs and Ornamental Hairpins

Curious about the history of Japanese fashion and hairstyles. This is an interesting exhibit that features historical hairpins and combs with unique artwork and styles. From pieces that are shaped like fish, to intricately painted works of art, there are some really unique items stored at this exhibition.

WebsiteHosomi Museum
Start/End Dates April 27 to August 4, 2024
Time10:00 – 17:00
Tickets ¥1,800

Recurring Events 

Gion Corner

Daily traditional performances including Kyogen, Maiko Dance, Koto music on One Stage! See the famous Geisha of Kyoto!

WebsiteGion Corner
Start/End Dates Daily

Nidec Kyoto Tower

Enjoy the highest view in all of Kyoto. Over 100 meters above the ground, this is one of the best night views in all of Japan.

WebsiteNidec Kyoto Tower
Start/End Dates Daily

Toei Kyoto Studio Park

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Japan’s Jidaigeki Theme Park feels like a perfectly themed set of historical Japan. Enjoy shows and attractions based around Ninja for both adults and children.

WebsiteToei Kyoto Studio Park
Start/End Dates Daily

Japan Wonder Travel Tours in Kyoto

When you are visiting Kyoto and you need some help organizing your trip, you came to the right place. We’re happy to help you make your trip to Kyoto the best trip ever. We can advise you on where to go or even better, show you around with a local, English speaking guide. Let us help you create safe, comfortable, and unforgettable memories in Kyoto!

Kyoto 8h Private Custom Highlight Tour with Licensed Guide
On this full-day private tour of Kyoto, you will be able to see the highlights of Kyoto in just one day and at the same time develop a deeper understanding of both the culture of the area and Japan as a whole.

Kyoto Arashiyama Best Spots 4h Private Tour with Licensed Guide
If you only have a day or two in Kyoto, we offer a half-day tour combined with must-visit spots in one of the most popular areas in Kyoto – Arashiyama. A knowledgeable bilingual guide will make sure that you can get the full experience in just a half-day!

Explore Nishiki Market: Food & Culture Walk
If you’re looking to learn more about the culture and the local cuisine of Kyoto, this is the perfect tour for you! Take part in this Kyoto food and drink tour and explore the 400-year-old market and the famous surrounding areas.

Kimono Experience
Kyoto is the best city to explore in kimono, Japanese traditional clothing. You can choose the one you like the most from several patterns and colors at the rental shop. In Kyoto, two locations are both accessible from the main tourist attractions which makes it easy to try it on and explore the city for a day!

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