Mystery Walk – Kyoto’s Folklore and Ghost
In the eastern mountainous area in Kyoto, there is a place called Toribeno, where a certain funeral practice used to be conducted, and a narrow street down the mountain is believed to be a place to connect the land of the dead with our living world. Your guide will tell you such hidden scary stories in August when the dead are believed to be returning to their former homes.
August is the month when Japanese people hold the bon or obon ritual to welcome the deceased souls of ancestors which are believed to return to household altars. By taking advantage of the obon season, we conduct the tour focusing on local places where Kyoto’s religious and ancient folklore beliefs are still alive. The highlight of the tour is to visit the area leading up to the mountainous site, Toribeno, where occurred the ancient funeral practice of leaving human corpses placed on the mountain as they were. Taking part in such a frankly somewhat scary tour, you can come to appreciate the Japanese view of life and death, which is represented in the concept of reincarnation.
|Date||August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th|
|Time||Tour: 15:00-16:40 (Reception:14:50)|
|Fee||2,000 yen with prior reservation and payment
Free for 12 years old and younger when accompanied by adult
|Meeting location||14:50At No.5 exit of Kiyomizu Gojo Station – Keihan Railway|
|Remarks||No insurance for accidents or injury during the tour|