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  • Ohori Festival
  • [Ohori Festival Committee] 092-712-2268 / [Nishinihon Ohori Firework Festival Office] 092-711-5506
    Ohori Koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka

    Ohori Matsuri consists of 2 events. One is West Japan Ohori Fireworks Display on the 1st of August and the other is the festival on March, which includes the march of 25 samurais of Kuroda clan and Aratsuno Mai, the traditional dance performance. The fireworks display, established as a local summ...
  • Hakata Gion Yamakasa
  • Hakata Gion Yamakasa Promoters 092-291-2951
    [Kushida Shrine] 1-41, Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

    This festival is said to originate from the legend that the founder of Jotenji Temple scattered sacred water on the street to get rid of plague. Come the 1st of July, the town of Hakata becomes filled with a festive mood, with floats over 10 meters high exhibited at 14 spots around the town. The ...
  • Hakata Bon-Niwaka Contest
  • Inside Fukuoka Tourism Bureau [Hakata Niwaka Promotion Office] 092-733-5050
    4F Fukuoka Building 1-11-17, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka

    People visit Hitokuchi Niwaka Contest looking for a few laughs to get them through the lingering heat of August. Hakata niwaka is a folk narrative art. A narrator wearing a funny mask called Niwaka satirizes the problems of society and finishes the narration with a good punch line in Hakata diale...
  • the Fukuoka International Gift Show
  • Business Guide-SHA, Inc. International Gift Show Office 03-3843-9901(dilect line)
    [Marine Messe Fukuoka] 7-1, Okihama-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

    The Fukuoka International Commodity Fair was succeeded in 2005 by the Fukuoka International Gift Show. Various items brought from Asian regions, suitable for personal gifts and household goods, make this fair in Fukuoka a little different from the ones in Tokyo or Osaka. In 2008, the fair will be...
  • Nishinihon Ohori Fireworks
  • 092-711-5506 (Nishinihon Shimbun Culture & Sports Department)
    1-2, Ohori koen, Chuok-ku, Fukuoka

    This fireworks display event boasts the biggest scale in the city with 6000 shots of fireworks and thousands of visitors. Fire works are shot off from the central island of a pond in Ohori Park, and you can see them from all around the lake.
  • Kasuga Andon Festival
  • 092-581-1407 (Kasuga Festival Promotion Committee)
    1-4, Haramachi 3-chome, Kasuga

    This festival, held every year at Kasuga park, was originally started as a ritual to comfort the souls of old ancestors.
  • Sentomyo
  • 092-922-8225
    7-1, Saifu 4-chome, Dazaifu, Fukuoka

    This is a fantastic ritual of Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, where a thousand of candles are lit up over the lake and shrine maidens tribute their dances to god.
  • Kyokusui no en
  • 092-922-8225
    7-1, Saifu 4-chome, Dazaifu, Fukuoka

    This is a representation of an old shrine ritual of the Heian era (from the 9th to the 12th century) where an attendant makes a poem before a flowing dish of sake passes over.
  • Hatsuuri/Bargain
  • If you would like to enjoy shopping in Fukuoka, wait till “Bargain” time in January and July!
    “Bargain” is a sale of all kinds of items from clothing, household goods to interior goods with a discount of 10-70 %.

    In Japan, the first sale of New Year’s holiday is called “hatsuuri”, or an openi...
  • Beer Garden
  • “Beer Garden” is a summer feature of Japan.

    Beer gardens will open on the rooftops of department stores and buildings mainly in Tenjin, downtown Fukuoka, in July. These beer gardens get thronged with businessmen and women on the way back from their work craving for cold beer in a jug as well...