Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri is one of Japan’s most important festivals. Dating back to the year 869, it is celebrated each July in the streets of downtown Kyoto.

Gion Matsuri Float

The nights leading up to the big parades of giant floats on July 17 and 24, food stalls line the streets around Shijo and Karasuma Dori, selling delicious festival food.

Gion Matsuri Foodstalls

Gion Matsuri Reflection

Gion Matsuri Reflection

Some of the giant floats can be visited by tourists.

Gion Matsuri Float

With many people dressing up in traditional Japanese garments such as yukata, a stroll through the packed streets is a wonderful experience.

Gion Matsuri Crowds

Gion Matsuri UmbrellaBeautiful umbrellas on the day of Yamaboko Junko, the big parade (17 July)

A few pictures of the delicious food:

Gion Matsuri FoodOkonomiyaku, a savoury Japanese pancake

Gion Matsuri FoodPancakes also come on sticks at festivals

Gion Matsuri FoodSomething’s sizzling

Gion Matsuri FoodTaiyaki, fish-shaped cakes with various fillings

Gion Matsuri FoodHeart-shaped fried eggs

Gion Matsuri FoodCold cucumbers on a stick (sticks are just very convenient to walk around)

Gion Matsuri FoodFrozen choco-bananas on a stick

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