[Infographic] Plan your trip to Kyoto in summer (June to August)

Kyoto has many grand festivals including Gion Matsuri and Kyoto Gozan-Okuribi, which are lively celebrations. Itʼs hot and humid in the summer, but there are cool riverbanks running alongside the Kamogawa and Kibune rivers.
There are fewer people in summer, making it easier to visit temples and shrines. It does become crowded during the Gion Matsuri.
It gets quite hot and humid, so be sure to wear breathable clothing. When wearing sandals, be sure to bring a pair of socks for visiting shrines, temples, and restaurants.

3 major summer festivals in Kyoto

Kibune no Kawadoko From May – Sep

A seasonal summer tradition in Kyoto. Around 20 shops along the Kibune River set up kawadoko’ decks. In order to stay cool, they are built along the river.
The Kamogawa summer decks are set up along the banks of the Kamogawa River.
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Gion Matsuri 1 to 31 July

The festival of Yasaka Jinja Shrine runs in the beginning of the month with Kippu-iri on 1 Jul. ‘Yama-hoko Junko’ lasts 2 days.
Gion Matsuri

Kyoto Gozan-Okuribi 16 August

These fires are lit to send the souls of ancestors visiting for the Bon Festival back to the realm of the dead. Bonfires are lit at Daimonji (pictured) and other locations.
Kyoto Gozan-Okuribi

Useful information for travellers to Kyoto in June – July – August
There are fewer people in summer, making it easier to visit temples and shrines. It does become crowded during the Gion Matsuri.

It gets quite hot and humid, so be sure to wear breathable clothing. When wearing sandals, be sure to bring a pair of socks for visiting shrines, temples, and restaurants.

Sample itineraries in Kyoto [Infographic]

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