Tsuruga Festival

Tsuruga Festival

Tsuruga’s largest festival, signaling the arrival of autumn in the city

During the Tsuruga Festival, everyone in the city takes part, carrying mikoshi portable shrines and six majestic dashi floats in parades throughout the city. With an elaborate festival plaza, a big carnival parade, and an evening of folk songs and dancing, this is truly an event worth seeing. The Tsuruga Festival is held alongside the annual festivals at the Kehi-jingu Shrine. These annual festivals include the Yoimiya Festival on September 2, the Shinko Festival on September 3, the shrine’s main festival on September 4, and “latter festivals” being held from September 5 to 10. It all concludes with the Tsukinami Festival on September 15. Lasting almost two weeks, it is also known as the “Kehi Long Festival”. During the Shinko Festival on the 3rd, parishioners parade throughout the city carrying mikoshi, preceded by an imperial carriage. Visitors can enjoy themselves to their hearts’ content during the Tsuruga Festival, when the entire city is alive with activity.


Event information

Take the JR line from Kyoto Station and get off at Tsuruga Station - Approx. 1-hour travel time
September 4 every year
For more information, please visit the official website.
Official website


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