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One of Ky­oto’s big three fes­ti­vals fea­tures more than 2,000 peo­ple dressed in cos­tumes rang­ing from the 8th to the 19th cen­turies parad­ing from the Ky­oto Im­pe­rial Palace to Heian-jingu on 22 Oc­to­ber. Jidai Mat­suri (Fes­ti­val of the Ages) is of com­par­a­tively re­cent ori­gin, only dat­ing back to 1895. Tak­ing place on the same day is the Ku­rama Fire Fes­ti­val – per­haps Ky­oto’s most dra­matic celebration. Men in loin­cloths carr y huge flaming torches through the streets of Ku­rama, in the nor th­ern hills. Note that trains to and from Ku­rama will be com­pletely packed with pas­sen­gers on the evening of the fes­ti­val (we sug­gest go­ing early and re­turn­ing late).

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