Held to commemorate the passing of Emperor Saga (786 – 842), the Kadō Matsuri can be enjoyed at Daikaku-ji Temple in Saga-Arashiyama for a few days in mid-April. Running from 10:00 to 16:00, the main ceremonies take place on Sunday from 10:30. Because the temple's history ties it to the advent of ikebana (living flower arrangement), the ceremony is primarily based around a flower offering performed by the Saga Goryū School of Flower Arrangement, which also calls Daikaku-ji its headquarters.
In addition to the flower offering, a Chinese-influenced classical bugaku dance is performed on the stage placed in the center of a sea of gravel. Visitors can also observe a Buddhist service, as well as participate in a tea ceremony or take a ride around the famous Osawa Pond in a traditional boat. Ikebana flower arrangements can be found all over the temple during this period, placed in front of its gorgeous collection of painted screens.
Things to See/Do
April 9th – 11th, 10:00 – 16:00 (last day 10:00 – 15:00)
- General Admission: ¥500
- Junior High School: ¥300
- Primary School: ¥300
- General Admission: 09:00 - 17:00 (last entrance at 16:30)
- Closed: No closing days
- From Kyoto Station ⇒ Sanin Main Line Train towards Kameoka ⇒ Saga Arashiyama Station ⇒ 15 – 20 minutes walking
- From Kyoto Station ⇒ Sanin Main Line Train towards Kameoka ⇒ Hanazono Station ⇒ City Bus Route 91 towards Daikaku-ji ⇒ Daikaku-ji Bus Stop ⇒ 2 minutes walking
- From Arashiyama Station ⇒ City Bus Route 28 towards Daikaku-ji ⇒ Daikaku-ji Bus Stop ⇒ 2 minutes walking