Mikoshi Arai at Gion Matsuri

Mikoshi Arai is held on July 10 every year as part of Gion Matsuri in Kyoto

Mikoshi Arai is another lesser-known event of Gion Matsuri that is well worth attending. It is held every July 10, and the three portable shrines that play an important role in the festival's ceremonies are purified by a Shinto priest. Men carry the shrines and these burning logs of bamboo from Yasaka Shrine to Shijo Bridge and back.