2014 Gion Festival in Kyoto (Part 1)
The Gion Festival in Kyoto is perhaps Japan’s best known festival. Running the entire month of July each year. The festival is named after Kyoto’s Gion district. Gion is Japan’s most exclusive Geisha entertainment district. The peak of the festival are the Yamaboko Junk parades on July 17th and July 24th. The streets of Gion are reserved for pedestrian traffic for the three days (July 14-16) leading up to the parade.