The Gion Matsuri Festival, A Visitor’s Manual

“The Gion Matsuri festival is not just a single day event limited to a huge procession. It is actually a month-long series of events, processions, ceremonies, taking place in various places around the city. In this book, I am providing explanations and a description for a subjective selection of events, from a local foreigner’s point of view, someone with a camera. This book is meant to be practical first, with details of location and schedule of events alongside their description. At the same time, it is a photo book, chocked full of inspirational photographs taken over the last three years.”

This 76-page ebook will provide you with everything you need to know to enjoy one of Japan’s largest festivals and Kyoto longest event. Schedule, location, tips, all are included to make it easy to find the most interesting events of this month-long festival. The numerous photographs will show you what is happening and the explanation will explain to you how to capture your own images.  

If you’re planning to visit Kyoto during the month of July, and are interested in photography, I highly recommend you to check out this book. It will save you a lot of time and provide you with a lot of interesting insight and information about this amazing event, the Gion Matsuri Festival.  

The ebook is available for immediate download after purchase, in your choice of three different ebook formats, namely PDF (70 MB), epub (iBook, 108 MB) or mobi (Kindle, 240 MB).  

For a limited time, I’m pleased to offer a 30% discount to visitors of this site.  

 The floats aka the Hoko and the Yama are rebuilt by hand every year on the streets of Kyoto and accessible to the public. Once built, they are presented, tested and can  be visited. The three evenings preceding each procession (the Yoiyama evenings), the streets of central Kyoto are filled with people visiting these floats. It’s party time all over the central part of the city, and Shijo Street around Gion is closed to the traffic.  


From the beginning of the month of July, numerous events and ceremonies take place in various places, in shrines, and on the streets. The ebook provides a comprehensive list of these events and processions, with information on places and time. 


The Gion Matsuri Festival is a unique opportunity to get to see the maiko (apprentice geisha) performing dances, attending beer gardens or participating in processions. All the necessary information is provided in the ebook. 


The Gion Matsuri Festival features not one, but two main processions, on July 17th and 24th. The city is packed with hundreds of thousands of people, and the right info is handy to have!


This ebook is highly recommended to any visitor staying in Kyoto during the month of July!