Ōka-sai桜花祭

Summary

Okasai Procession Depart

Okasai Hat Mystery

Established in 794 when the capital was moved to Kyoto, Hirano Shrine has long enjoyed a prosperous relationship with Japan’s imperial family, as well as famous political powers such as the Genji and the Heike.  Most famous for its gardens full of cherry blossom trees, Hirano Shrine contains 400 trees made up of 50 different species of sakura.

A sakura festival has occurred at the shrine every single year since 985, for over a thousand years.  This makes it the oldest festival in Kyoto that can claim to have continued unbroken for that long.

To begin the festival, a ceremony is held at 10 am in front of the shrine and then at 11 am at the mausoleum of Emperor Kazan, who reigned when the festival was first established. The procession is made up of an omikoshi (portable shrine), lovely women in varying historical kimono styles, priests, and mounted warriors on horseback.  They leave the shrine precincts at 1 pm and make their way around the neighborhood area before returning to the shrine.

Things to See/Do

  • Shinto Ritual

  • Period Costume

  • Parade

  • Tea Service

  • Mikoshi

Schedule

April 10th

10:00: Ritual at the Main Sanctuary

11:00: Ritual at the Mausoleum of Emperor Kazan

13:00: Procession Departs Hirano Shrine

Access

Hirano Jinja

Address

〒603-8322 京都府京都市 北区平野宮本町1

TEL 075-461-4450
WEB http://www.hiranojinja.com/home/english-page