Shimogamo Shrine “Nagashi Bina”

In “HARUYA Umekouji”, four different tastes of Machiya architecture, “Nagashi Bina” decoration with World Heritage “Shimogamo Shrine” style will appear in accordance with the season of “Hina Matsuri”. The rustic and dignified prototype of the “Hina Matsuri” invites us to the sacred and immersive world of the historical Japan.


Traditional event “Nagashi Bina” held on March 3 every year at World Heritage · Shimogamo Shrine. Looks like “Hina Dan”, “Ohinasama” wearing “Jyunihitoe” and “Odairisama” wearing “Ikansokutai” take dolls to the Mitarashi River and pray for the disease-free child. The Hina Matsuri was originally a Shinto shrine event. Over time, it was common to celebrate by decorating “Hina Ningyou” with “Hina dan”.


There is Mitarashi River in the precincts of Shimogamo Shrine, which stands in the virgin forest “Tadasunomori” from mythology period. It became the etymology of famous Japanese sweets “Mitarashi Dango”, a sacred place where “Saioudai” performs “Misogi no gi” at the three Major Festival “Aoi Festival” in Kyoto. Usually, “Mizu Mikuji” is popular which floats “Omikuji” on water and fortune to confer with “Kami”.


Every year in July, the Midsummer Festival “Mitarashi Maturi” held with “Ashituke”, we can experience “Misogi” that continues from Kojiki era.


Every year in August, “Shimogamo Old Book Festival” is held in Tadasunomori. Shimogamo Shrine has various events throughout the four seasons and we can spend the time with Kyoto nature.


Shimogamo Shrine “Nagashi Bina” outline

  • Date and time: March 3 every year
  • Location: Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto
  • Cost: Free in the precincts
  • Shimogamo Shrine ‘Nagashi Bina’ official site
  • Model Course of the day
  • 8:00 “HARUYA Umekouji” → Walk (15min) → Kyoto Station → Bus 42 min(10 minutes interval 230 yen)→ Shimogamo Shrine

HARUYA Umekouji

4 different tastes of 100 years Machiya architecture, “HARUYA Umekouji” is. 8 minutes by bus (15 minutes walk) from Kyoto station. Walking distance to two world heritage sites (Toji, Nishihonganji). One way bus stop to Kiyomizu Temple, Gion, Kinkakuji etc. Long-established Kyoto style such as Japanese garden, lattice, round window, edge side are respectfully inherited.
Address: 1-12 waki-cho Shimogyo-ku, KYOTO, JAPAN