An annual event that is usually held for 2 weeks around July. Watch men carry heavy floats (yamakasas). There are 2 different types of floats. The floats for decorational purposes, and the floats to be carried in the festival. Watch as they race the floats along a 5km course early in the morning! Check out this website for more information.
Gion Station (Kuko Line)
How to get to Kushida Shrine
1. From Hakata Station, take the Kuko Line one stop to Gion Station. 2. From Gion Station walk south west a couple of blocks.
Hakata Gion Yamakasa
Hakata Gion Yamakasa is one of the most traditional summer festivals in Fukuoka. There are 7 kinds of unique floats divided in 7 locals districts, carried by chosen locals who live in each district. The Yamakasa festival begins from the 1st of July with the grand finale on the 15th of July, every year. You can feel the heat and the excitement of the distinct atmosphere, hearing the yells of the people carrying the floats, “Oisho!”. Hope you enjoy the video!
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WHAT TO DO IN FUKUOKA
Try out Fukuoka`s delicious food as well as its temples and shrines.
Fukuoka Food Stands
Try from a selection of around 20 food stands (yatais) on Nakasu Island.