Sightseeing
Event
  • 【Autumn Festival at Shimama-jinja Shrine (built in 737)】
    Held annually on a Sunday in mid October. The traditional event features dances dedicated to the god of the shrine using real Japanese swords and taiko drums. The dances are designated as intangible cultural treasures by the Kyoto prefecture.
  • 【Autumn Festival at Takakura-jinja Shrine (built in 1181)】
    Held annually on a Sunday in mid October. The traditional event features a dance dedicated to the god of the shrine, which is designated as an intangible cultural treasure by the Ayabe city. It also features a portable shrine that is marched through the town. The hall of worship of this shrine is designated as a cultural heritage by the Kyoto prefecture.
  • 【Ayabe Minatsuki Festival】

    Held annually on a Saturday in late July. At this traditional summer festival with over 100 years of history, 10,000 paper lanterns are released into the Yura River and 4,000 fireworks burst across the sky of the Yura riverside.
  • 【Fudomyo’oh Ceremony at Shorekiji Temple (built in 942)】
    Sankin kotai (“alternate attendance”) was a policy of the shogunate during most of the Edo period (1603-1868). The general requirement was that the daimyo (feudal lord) of every Han (domain) move periodically between Edo (former name of Tokyo) and his Han, typically spending alternate years in each place, while his wife and the heir remained in Edo as hostages. The Fudomyo’oh ceremony originated in the tradition of wishing a safe journey for the local daimyo in Ayabe to and from Edo. The festival is held annually on January 28.
  • 【Momiji (maple) Festival at Ankoku-ji Temple (built in 993)】
    Held annually on a Sunday in mid November. The temple boasts 100 maple trees which are over 80 years old, and a scenic view of beautiful crimson foliage of the neighboring mountains in the autumn. At the festival, you can enjoy traditional Japanese music at the temple’s tea house and purchase specialty products and locally harvested fresh produce.
  • 【Momiji (maple) Festival at Oomoto Headquarters】
    Held annually for three days in late November. You can enjoy live musical performances with Koto (Japanese harps) at the tea house during the day and night viewing of illuminated maple trees with their autumnal tints.
  • 【Myoga Ceremony at Asusuki-jinja Shrine (built in 1721)】
    Myoga ginger is native to Japan and grown for its edible flower buds and flavorful shoots. Myoga ceremony at Asusuki-jinja Shrine originated in religious practices that were performed to predict the quality/quantity of harvests and the possibility of flood. Held annually on February 3.
  • 【Oomoto Setsubun Ceremony at Oomoto Headquarters】
    In Japan, Setsubun is the day before the beginning of each season. The name literally means “seasonal division”, but usually the terms refers to the spring Setsubun, celebrated yearly on February 3. At the Oomoto Headquarters, people celebrate Setsubun to drive away evil spirits and bring in good luck.
  • 【Otaue (rice planting) Ceremony at Ayabe Hachimangu Shrine (built 1177-1182)】
    Rice planting ceremony at Ayabe Hachimangu Shrine is a 200-years old religious ceremony to pray for a rich harvest. Held annually on April 5.
  • 【Takenoko (Bamboo shoots) Ceremony at Shinoda-jinja Shrine (built in 1566)】
    The ceremony originated in religious practices that were performed to predict the quality and quantity of harvests. Held annually on February 4.