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Gion Summer Festival

The Gion Matsuri, familiarly known as "Gion- san," is a festival held at Yasaka-jinja Shrine, and the highlight is the splendid pageant of some 30 floats called yamaboko proceeding along the main streets of Kyoto on the 17th. Each float, two- storied and about 6 meters tall, is topped with a long pole shaped like a spear. Adorned with exquisite craftwork such as woven fabric, dyed textiles and sculptures, these floats are so gorgeous that they are sometimes even described as "mobile art museums."

During the parade, children wearing make-up and musicians playing the flute, drums and bells are seated on the second level of the floats. Some floats have dolls propped up on the second level. This festival is believed to have started 1,100 years ago when floats were made and paraded in the town to appease the deity of plague and illnesses.

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Gion Summer Festival Tour 2015 - 7/15

The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival

7 Nights / US $2498.00
This tour is our current "Golden Route" itinerary plus one extra day for the Gion Summer Festival, one of the three largest festivals in View More
Series: Deluxe
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Best of Japan Tour (Reverse) - Kyoto Gion Summer Festival Tour 2015

Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan...plus Gion Summer Festival

11 Nights / US $3798.00
On this tour, you will look deeply into the culture and soul of Japan by visits to festival, museums, temples, shrines, castles, and gardens. The highlights of the Gion Festival is the Yamaboko  ...View More
Series: Deluxe
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Japan In Depth (Reverse) - Kyoto Gion Summer Festival Tour 2015 - 7/9

Exploring Japan's three main islands: Honshu, Shikoku, & Kyushu, as well as the Kyoto Gion Summer Festival

13 Nights / US $4698.00
This tour is our current "Japan In Depth" itinerary plus one extra day for the Gion Summer Festival, one of the three largest festivals in Kyoto. This comprehensive tour is designed for people w ...View More
Series: Deluxe
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Essence of Japan - Summer Flowers in Hokkaido & Kyoto Gion Summer Festival Tour 2015 - 7/7

Explore the two main summer attractions of Japan - Summer Flowers & Gion Summer Festival

15 Nights / US $5298.00
This tour is the combination of our current "Charms of Northern Japan Tour - Summer Flowers in Hokkaido" and "Gion Summer Festival Tour  ...View More
Series: Deluxe
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