Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy and rich traditions of Fukuoka at the Hakata Dontaku Festival! This historic celebration, held annually on May 3rd and 4th, bursts with dazzling parades, lively music, and the chance to join in the fun.

With over 800 years of history, this Fukuoka festival is a cultural feast. Witness the splendor of flower cars, dance alongside locals in the parade, and catch captivating performances on every corner. It’s the perfect way for 20- and 30-something travelers to savor authentic Kyushu, whether you’re a foodie, culture buff, or nature enthusiast.

Here’s why Hakata Dontaku is a Kyushu essential:

  • History comes alive: Experience Hakata Matsubayashi, Fukuoka’s traditional arts, and see locals in exquisite Hakata textile costumes.
  • Nonstop excitement: Parades, vibrant floats, and contagious energy make this festival unforgettable.
  • Traveler-friendly: The welcoming atmosphere means everyone can join the celebration.

Mark your calendar:

  • When: May 3rd – 4th
  • Where: Fukuoka City (Hakata Station, Dontaku Plaza, and more)
  • Cost: Mostly free (some events may have a fee)
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Getting there:

  • Train: Short walk from JR Hakata Station or Tenjin Station
  • Bus: Approximately 10 minutes by Nishitetsu Bus from Hakata Bus Terminal

Don’t miss the Hakata Dontaku Festival – your unforgettable Fukuoka adventure starts here!