Jul 1
~
Jul 15

Hakata Gion Yamakasa

Postponed
Free

Hakata Gion Yamasaka is a festival with a 750 year history that features fundoshi (that ever popular festival garment) clad men race elaborately decorated floats that weigh in at 1 ton.

The event is one of Fukuoka’s largest with approximately 1 million spectators expected to observe the festivities.

The main processions take place on the 10th, 11th and 14th of July. The closest station is Tenjin Station, but JR Hakata Station is also within walking distance.

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