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Kyoto, 15 Oct.

Kyo no Tanabata

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Tanabata (Star Festival) began around the year 700 and has origins in a Chinese legend of two stars and lovers, Hikoboshi and Orihime, who were seperated by the Milky Way and only able to meet once a year on July 7th. Now people write their wishes on paper and hang them on bamboo branches, in the hope that the stars will make them come true.

“Kyo no Tanabata” is Kyoto’s own take on the festival, with people writing wishes on postcards to decorate shrines and temples in the city. People walk around in yukata (casual summer kimono), and there are many special events around the Horikawa River areas.

Kyoto City Official Travel Guide

Tokyo (Narita) to Kyo no Tanabata, Kyoto

    1. Narita Airport

      8 h 50 min

      From 7,300 yen

    2. Kyoto Station

      • Walk

      10 min

    3. Kyo no Tanabata

      Free

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 40 min

      From 5,700 yen

    2. Kansai International Airport

      1 h 20 min

      2,850 yen

    3. Kyoto Station

      • Walk

      10 min

    4. Kyo no Tanabata

      Free

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 40 min

      From 5,700 yen

    2. Kansai International Airport

      1 h 40 min

      2,550 yen

    3. Kyoto Station

      • Walk

      10 min

    4. Kyo no Tanabata

      Free

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 25 min

      From 8,569 yen

    2. Osaka International Airport (Itami)

      55 min

      1,310 yen

    3. Kyoto Station

      • Walk

      10 min

    4. Kyo no Tanabata

      Free

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 25 min

      From 8,569 yen

    2. Osaka International Airport (Itami)

      12 min

      330 yen

    3. Senri-Chuo Station

      13 min

      320 yen

    4. Shin-Osaka Station

      25 min

      560 yen

    5. Kyoto Station

      • Walk

      10 min

    6. Kyo no Tanabata

      Free

All listed travel times and costs are approximate.