The changing seasons highlight the beauty of Kyoto.

The renowned scenic beauty and seasonal delights of each season sharpen the aesthetic senses of skilled craftsmen.

Over many centuries Kyoto has amassed
a rich heritage of culture and beauty
that is clearly evident in its architecture,
performing arts, festivals, and traditional
The changing seasons colorfully embrace the
city with blooming flowers, sparkling rivers,
and majestic mountains.

The Charms of Spring

Spring is a time to enjoy cherry blossoms in full bloom throughout Kyoto.
Elegantly attired in colorful kimono with ornamental hairpins, the maiko (apprentice geisha) add another touch of color to spring in Kyoto.
Come May there is also the vivid green of moss in the rock gardens and new leaves on the trees.

cherry blossom
rock garden

The Charms of Summer

Summer in Kyoto is symbolized by the Gion Festival.
The lavishly decorated floats parade the city's main boulevards to the accompaniment of lively traditional festival music.
In this season of sharply defined shadows cast by the strong sun,
the wooden decks erected along the rivers offer a cool respite from the heat.

gion matsuri
ox-drawn carriage

The Charms of Autumn

One of the unique pleasures of autumn is to view the harvest moon reflected on the water.
The Jidai Matsuri festival features a procession that unfolds like a historical picture scroll,
with many beautiful costumes to fascinate the eye.
In late autumn, the crimson foliage of the mountains and gardens is indescribably beautiful.

autumn leaves

The Charms of Winter

New Year's decorations offer countless opportunities to appreciate anew the exquisite craftsmanship found only in Kyoto.
Familiar scenery is completely transformed by snow into a silvery world that fills the senses.
When red and white plum blossoms appear, they tell us that spring is not far off.

traditional craft