Traffic Restrictions from July 10 - 25 for Gion Festival's First Float Procession in Three YearsVehicle-Free Area Set
Although the Foundation for Gion Festival Preservation Associations announced in April that the procession would be held, it was still coordinating with the prefectural police to determine details of the events and traffic control during the period prior to the procession in consideration of measures to prevent COVID-19 infection.
The prefectural police published the details of the traffic restrictions on their website on June 17. The restrictions will be applied from July 10, when the float assembly for "Saki-matsuri" begins, to July 25, the day after the "Ato-matsuri," or the latter festival, procession. Street closures and one-way traffic restrictions will be implemented around the Shijo-Karasuma area in Nakagyo and Shimogyo Wards, Kyoto.
On Yoiyoiyama (July 15) and Yoiyama (July 16), Shijo-dori Street, between Kawabata-dori Street and Horikawa-dori Street, Karasuma-dori Street, between Oike-dori Street and Takatsuji-dori Street, and their surrounding areas will be pedestrianized from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Each community will set up a store in their community hall. Stalls are also expected to be set up. There will be no vehicle-free areas and no stalls on Yoiyoiyoiyama (July 14) and from July 21 to 23, the three days prior to "Ato-matsuri."(Translated by Mie Hiuzon, Psyche et l’Amour, Inc.)