Kadō Matsuri華道祭


Participants pass through the temple gate during Kadō Matsuri at Daikaku-ji.

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.

A bugaku performance during the 2015 Kadō Matsuri at Daikaku-ji.

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.

Women carry small vases during Kadō Matsuri at Daikaku-ji.

Daikaku-ji is a lovely villa-style temple slightly removed from the more bustling Arashiyama proper, and has a rich history spanning back to the early Heian period. Whether you visit during the Kadō Matsuri or any other season, you're sure to find something to enjoy!

Things to See/Do

  • Bugaku

  • Buddhist Service

  • Ikebana


2021 Schedule

April 9th – 11th, 10:00 – 16:00 (last day 10:00 – 15:00)




〒616-8411 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨大沢町4

TEL 075-871-0071
FAX 075-871-0055
WEB http://www.daikakuji.or.jp/english/


  • 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