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Hakata Okunchi [Kushida Shrine] Japan’s three major Kunchi Festival

Nakasu-Kawabata Area

Hakata’s Shinto deity, Kushida Shrine’s main autumn festival, “Hakata Okunchi” has 1,200 years of history, offering thanks for a bountiful harvest in autumn.

It is said that it’s one of the three major Kunchi festivals in Japan along with Karatsu Kunchi and Nagasaki Kunch. During the festival, various Shinto rituals, events, and a Gokokuhojo Market will take place.

On October 24 (Thu), an ox-drawn carriage pulls an ornate Mikoshi (portable shrine), while children dressed in traditional kimono walk in a parade, starting at Kushida Shrine at 2 pm and weaving around the Hakata area.

October 22 (Tue), 2019
-10:00 – : Hamagu-sai (until 3 pm, free amazake at Hamamiya)
-16:00 – : Mikoshi-kiyome (up to Hakata Chikko Hamamiya)
-10:00 – 16:00: Gokokuhojo Market (fresh vegetables and seafood are sold in the shrine, closed when the products sold out)

October 23 (Wed), 2019
-11:00 – : The Ceremony of Autumn Festival
-Late afternoon – : Sentomyo lit-up event (in the shrine)
-10:00 – 16:00: Gokokuhojo Market (fresh vegetables and seafood are sold in the shrine, closed when the products sold out)

October 24 (Thu), 2019
-14:00 – : Portable Shrine Parade (Mikoshi portable shrine and children’s parade weaving around Hakata area)

 

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