Japanese dining and culture are a favorite of many here in the United States.
If you love trying new dishes when you visit your local
Japanese restaurant, then you may be interested to learn more about Japan’s festivals
and celebrations. As one of Kyoto’s 3 largest festivals, the Jidai
Matsuri is a sight to behold.
Where to Go
Kyoto, Japan is a city with more than a millennium of history. Located
on the country’s main island of Honshu, this city was once the imperial
capital of Japan. The Jidai Matsuri is 1 of Kyoto’s 3 largest festivals,
and it is a parade that begins at the city’s Imperial Palace and
ends at the Heian-Jingu Shrine. The procession travels 4.6 miles between
these 2 points.
When to Go
The Jidai Matsuri is an annual festival that takes place every October on the 22
nd. This date marks the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto and has been
celebrated with this festival since 1895. The procession typically departs
from the palace at noon and reaches the shrine by 2:30 pm. While viewing
the parade, you can expect it to take about 2 hours to see it from start
What to Expect
Because it celebrates the foundation of Kyoto, the Jidai Matsuri is designed
to give you a glimpse into the city’s history. The impressive parade
consists of more than 2000 participants, and each is dressed in a historically-accurate
costume. The characters that you will see are meant to depict the 1100
years of history in which Kyoto was Japan’s capital, and the procession
is divided into historical eras. At the beginning of the parade, you will
see individuals dressed as those from the Meiji Restoration in 1868, which
are followed in reverse chronological order back to the characters of
the Heian period in 781.
House of Genji Japanese steakhouse offers you a way to get
a taste of Japan’s food and culture. Our Japanese restaurant serving San Jose offers a cocktail lounge, teppanyaki,
sushi, and more. To make a reservation, please call us at (408) 453-8120.