Hagi Matsuri萩祭


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Poems are placed amongst the hagi at the Hagi Matsuri at Nashinoki Shrine.

During the hagi (bush clover) season worshipers at Nashinoki Shrine near the Kyoto Imperial Palace write poetry on pieces of paper and tie them to the numerous bush clover plants on the shrine grounds. A haiku society meets at the shrine before the main festivities in order to compose, but the main attraction of the festival is the variety of performances presented on the main stage over the course of four whole days.

Nashinoki’s Bush Clover Festival offers more than most, presenting a program that includes ikebana flower arrangement, a performance of Ōkura style kyōgen, solo dance performances by several different schools of female dance, bugaku (court-style dance), musical pieces on shakuhachi flute and koto, as well as a kyūdō archery demonstration!  

There are not many other places you can treat yourself to such a wide range of cultural theater and arts, and the blooms of the hagi bushes surround the stage in a lush sea of green and red-purple. Sit back and enjoy what the Hagi Matsuri has to offer!

Note: The offerings performed vary year to year, and a schedule is not released until closer to the date.

Things to See/Do

  • Festival Food

  • Kyo-mai

  • Kyōgen

  • Shinto Ritual

  • Koto

  • Shakuhachi

  • Tea Ceremony

  • Martial Arts

  • Archery

  • Ikebana


Notice: In 2021, all performances have been canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The bush clover can still be enjoyed.


Nashinoki Jinja


〒602-0844 京都府京都市上京区寺町通広小路上る染殿町680

TEL 075-211-0885
WEB http://nashinoki.jp/