The Himeji Yukata Matsuri is held annually where boys and girls come donned in yukatas, welcoming the beginning of summer!
Here’s to my first 祭り (matsuri, festival) this year!
The Himeji Yukata festival is done on a smaller scale without the huge parades and crazy firework displays. It’s a local festival full of food and games, and people looking good in yukata.
The other perk of wearing yukata during these 3 days is that you’d get discounts off Himeji’s popular attractions.
The most iconic is the Himeji castle.
Sadly, we arrived past its opening hours so we could not go into the castle (for free). Still, the view of the castle at night is very different from its appearance in the day.
If you do not own a yukata, you can rent it for a day from several shops found in front of JR Himeji station itself. A day’s rental typically cost around 3~4000 yen. A full set also comes with hair styling.
The festival is very popular, especially with the locals! There are different programmes every day, with the children’s parade, the adults’ parade, and some other special performances. Food and game stores generally operate full hours.
Location: Osakabe Shrine / Area between Himeji Castle and JR Himeji station
Address: 33 Tatemachi, Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture 670-0903
Time: 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Remember to come in your yukata!