Things to do / Traditional festivals

Kyoto: Takekiri-Eshiki

In this bamboo-cutting ceremony, two groups of four men in white robes compete against each other in quickly cutting each long bamboo pole (likened to a big serpent) into six pieces with sharp blades.

Schedule & key events:
2 p.m.-

Location: Kurama-dera Temple, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

From JR Kyoto Station, take municipal bus No. 17 to Demachi-yanagi Bus Stop, and change to Eizan Kurama Line to Kurama Station From there, (1) walk 30 min. (2) take cablecar to Tahoto Station (2min.), and then walk 10 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.