Dive into the vibrant heart of Fukuoka at the Tobata Gion Oyamagasa festival! This historic celebration in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, bursts with energy, stunning craftsmanship, and centuries of tradition. Designated a national Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset, it’s one of Fukuoka’s most beloved summer events.

Why You’ll Love Tobata Gion Oyamagasa

  • Thrilling Yamakasa Competition: Witness the exhilarating sight of teams racing through the streets carrying ornate floats called ‘Yamakasa.’ The energy is infectious!
  • Luminous Lantern Floats: At night, the festival transforms as ‘Chochin-yama’ floats adorned with hundreds of lanterns create an enchanting atmosphere.
  • Discover Kyushu Culture: Experience traditional artforms and see intricate ‘Decorated Yamakasa’ displays unique to each participating town.

Plan Your Festival Adventure

  • When: July 14th – 16th annually
  • Where: Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu City (centered around Tobata Hachiman Shrine)
  • Website: http://tobatagion.jp/schedule/
  • UNESCO Status: Proudly recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2016


Location1-1 Shinike, Tobata-ku (Tobata Hachiman Shrine)

Experience the magic of Tobata Gion