Gion Festival

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Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri is counted as one of three greatest festivals in Japan. This traditional festival began in 869 as a religious ceremony to appease the gods during an epidemic. Gion Matsuri is centered around the Yasaka Shrine, the famous shrine in the Gion area. The festival actually takes places over the entire duration of July, but the main ceremonies take place on July 17th (Sakimatsuri) and July 24th (Atomatsuri), marked with a grand procession of floats.

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625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0073, Japan