Mizu Matsuri, water festivals, is held to dedicate Kifune Shrine at Sakyō-Ku in Kyoto city, in appreciation for blessings of water.
Following tea ceremony, and performance of Bugaku, ancient Japanese court music (gagaku) accompanied by dance, a cooking ritual demonstration called Shikibōchō is taken place.
The Kifune shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period ( 794 to 1185 ), and it is among 16 shrines where Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan.
The origin of Mizu Matsuri is uncertain but it is believed to be started as a rainmaking ritual in ancient time, and it has been reproduced as an annual festival in the current form since 1963.
（※If 7th of July falls on a weekend, it will be held on the following Monday.)
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture