Unleash your adventurous spirit at Hakata Gion Yamakasa, a Kyushu festival exploding with energy, tradition, and stunning craftsmanship. This iconic event has captivated audiences for over 700 years and holds both UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status and a place among Japan’s Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.

Witness the Thrilling ‘Oiyama’ Parade

The festival’s heart is the Oiyama parade. Imagine teams of men racing through Hakata’s streets, carrying massive, one-ton floats called ‘Yamakasa’ in a breathtaking display of strength and camaraderie. The crowd’s cheers and the spectacle of it all are sure to give you goosebumps!

Immerse Yourself in Hakata Culture

Hakata Gion Yamakasa isn’t just about thrills; it’s a window into Kyushu’s rich traditions. Intricately decorated Yamakasa floats showcase the artistry of Hakata’s renowned dollmakers and craftsmen. This is authentic Japanese culture at its finest, the perfect experience for travelers seeking something unique.

Planning Your Yamakasa Adventure

  • When: July 1st – 15th annually
  • Where: Kushida Shrine (Kamikawabata, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City) and surrounding areas
  • Details: [Hakata Gion Yamakasa Promotion Association Website] (URL Hakata Gion Yamakasa Promotion Association)
  • Fukuoka Tourism: [Fukuoka City Tourism Information Website] (URL Fukuoka City Tourism Information)

Getting There:

PeriodJuly 1st – 15th annually
LocationKushida Shrine (Kamikawabata, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka) & surrounding areas
Subway5-minute walk from Gion Station (Airport Line)
JR Kagoshima Main Line15-minute walk from Hakata Station
Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line20-minute bus ride from Tenjin Station

Don’t miss Hakata Gion Yamakasa – your unforgettable Kyushu experience awaits!