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Gion Festival

The Gion Festival is one of Japan's largest and most well-known festivals and is a must-see for anyone in the area in July. For the entire month, the city is alive with festivities, but the highlights are most certainly the parade and traditional carrying of the mikoshi (portable shrine) on July 17 and 24. Experience the local energy and spirit at this lively event.

When: Throughout July Where: Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-u, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Cost: Free

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