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Kyoto, 25 Sep.

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

All listed travel times and costs are approximate.