Jidai Matsuri/Festival of Ages in October

“Festival of Ages”, called The Jidai Matsuri in Japanese, is a festival of Heian-jingu Shrine

that takes place every year on October 22.

Both the festival and the shrine were established in 1895

to celebrate Kyoto’s history and culture.

It is an event of the costume procession from the Heian era in 781 to the Meiji era in 1868.

The festival is one of Kyoto’s three most famous,

along with the Aoi Matsuri in May and the Gion Matsuri in July.

It consists of a large parade that travels from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Heian-jingu Shrine.

About 2,000 people parade dressed in authentic costumes

representing various periods and characters in Japanese feudal history (for about 2 km for 3 hours.)

The parade begins with characters from the Meiji Restoration in 1868, and then

continues in reverse chronological order until the beginning of the Heian Era in 781.