Event Schedule for the Year

Events

Event Schedule for the Year

Nijo-jo Castle hosts various events throughout the year. Details will be announced as and when available. Event contents may vary from year to year.

  • Nijo-jo Castle Sakura Festival 2019(Cherry Blossom Festival)

    March 21 to April 14

    The castle’s 300 or so cherry trees—including nearly 50 varieties—come into bloom at differing times over a period of about one month. Nighttime admission offers visitors the chance to enjoy the spectacular view of illuminated cherry trees and the Kara-mon Gate and other historic buildings.

    • Nijo-jo Castle Sakura Festival 2019
    • Nijo-jo Castle Sakura Festival 2019
  • Kan-o Chakai (Tea ceremony under the cherry blossoms)

    April 9

    Omotesenke will host a tea ceremony at Seiryu-en Garden, against the gorgeous backdrop of cherry blossoms.

    • Kan-o Chakai (Tea ceremony under the cherry blossoms)
  • Shimin Sencha no Kai (Sencha Tea Ceremony)

    May 3 to 5

    Various schools of tea will serve sencha green tea at Seiryu-en Garden against the backdrop of beautiful new foliage.

    • Shimin Sencha no Kai (Sencha Tea Ceremony)
  • Natsu no Tokubetsu Kikaku (Summer Program)

    July and August

    Longer opening hours, opening of normally closed parts of the castle, and breakfast at Koun-tei are among the specials rolled out during the summer months.

    • Natsu no Tokubetsu Kikaku (Summer Program)
    • Natsu no Tokubetsu Kikaku (Summer Program)
    • Natsu no Tokubetsu Kikaku (Summer Program)
    • Natsu no Tokubetsu Kikaku (Summer Program)
  • Kyo no Tanabata (Tanabata Festival)

    Early to mid-August

    A well-established summer event of Kyoto, this event celebrates the Tanabata festival in August in accordance with the old Japanese calendar.

    • Kyo no Tanabata (Tanabata Festival)
  • Nijo-jo Matsuri (Nijo-jo Castle Festival)

    September to December

    During this period, the Ninomaru-goten Palace will be open late. Other attractive program items are also in the pipeline.

    • Nijo-jo Matsuri (Nijo-jo Castle Festival)
    • Nijo-jo Matsuri (Nijo-jo Castle Festival)
  • Shimin Dai-Chakai (Grand Tea Ceremony)

    Late October, November 1 and 3

    Urasenke, Omotesenke, and Yabunouchi will host a grand tea ceremony open to members of the public.

    • Shimin Dai-Chakai (Grand Tea Ceremony)
  • Fuyu no Tokubestsu Kikaku (Winter Program)

    January and February

    Opening of normally closed parts of the castle, and lunch at Koun-tei are among the specials rolled out during the winter months.

    • Fuyu no Tokubestsu Kikaku (Winter Program)
    • Fuyu no Tokubestsu Kikaku (Winter Program)

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