Thu, 13th July to Sat, 15th July, 2017: “Amagi Gion Yamakasa” in Asakura city, Fukuoka Prefecture.

“Amagi Gion Yamakasa” is a summer festival that’s been held for over 300 years at the Suga Shrine in Asakura city, Fukuoka Prefecture. During the old days, when there was an epidemic and people built Mikoshi, transferred a sacred enshrined object to it, and paraded it through the street. This is the origin of this festival. During this festival, two 3-meter tall,“Hikiyamakasa” are paraded around the town. “Oiyama” is the main focus during the parade.

●Amagi Gion Yamakasa
Place: Suga Shrine
Address: 873-5 Asakura city Amagi
Access:15 min walk from Amagi Railway “Amagi” station.

Suga Shrine, 873-5 Asakura city Amagi, Fukuoka Prefecture


Sat, 1st July to Sat, 15th July, 2017: “Hakata Gion Yamakasa” in Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Started over 770 years ago, this festival is a ritual event for a dedication to God by Kushida Shrine’s priest. More than 500 men carry the beautifully decorated Yamakasa, weighing more than 1 ton. They solemnly parade through the town of Hakata and many visitors and local people are very attracted to it.

●Hakata Gion Yamakasa
Place:Kushida Shrine
Address:1-41 Kamikawabatamachi Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Access:5 min walk from Subway “Nakasu-Kawabata” station and “Gion” station.

Kushida Shrine, 1-41 Kamikawabatamachi Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture


Sat, 1st July to Fri, 7th July, 2017: “Okage-yokocho Tanabata-no-Sekku” in Ise city, Mie Prefecture

This is a Tanabata festival held next to Ise Jingu Grand Shrine. During this festival, old-fashioned Tanabata decorations are arranged along the shopping street and people celebrate Tanabata. You can also write your wish on Tanzaku paper, experience an old fashioned game, and participate in a workshop.

●Okage-yokocho Tanabata-no-Sekku
Address:52 Ujinakanokiricho Ise, Mie Prefecture
Access:Get off the train at Kintetsu “Ujiyamada” station, and take a bus bound for Naiku. Get off the bus at “Jinguu-kaikanmae” and walk for 1 min.
Phone:0596-23-8838 To Okage-yokocho Information Center

52 Ujinakanokiricho Ise, Mie Prefecture


Sat, 1st July to Mon, 31st July, 2017: “Gion-matsuri” in Kyoto

This festival is one of the three largest Japanese festivals. It is held at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto and started about 1,100 years ago. Its long history will astonish you. The peak of this festival is “Yamahoko Junko,” which is held on the 17th and 24th. Thirty-three, very beautiful Yamahokos are paraded through the streets.

Place:In Yasaka Shrine and around.
Address:625 Gionmachi Kitagawa Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto(Yasaka Shrine)
Access:5 min walk from Keihan “Gion Shijyo” station
8 min walk from Hankyu “Kawaracho” station
15 min drive from JR Kyoto station
Just right to the The city bus 206: “Gion” stop

625 Gionmachi Kitagawa Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto(Yasaka Shrine)


Fri, 14th July, 2017: “Nachi-no-Ogi-Matsuri” in Nachikatsuura, Wakayama Prefecture

This festival is held at the two world heritage sites, “Nachi-notaki” and “Nachi-kumano-taisha”. The purpose of this festival is to welcome the God of Kumano to his homeland.
The event is held every year, when twelve Gods return home. Twelve large torches parade the streets and purify these Gods. It is considered one of the largest Japanese fire festivals, and it’s astonishing to see the many fire torches, weighing in at more than 50kg each, wildly parading the street.

Place:Kumano Nachi Taisha
Address:1 Nachisan Nachikatsuura-chō, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture
Access:30 min ride by bus from Kii “Katsuura” station to Kumano Kotsu bus bound for “Nachiyama”. 15 min walk from the last stop.

Kumano Nachi Taisha 1 Nachisan Nachikatsuura-chō, Higashimuro-gun, Wakayama Prefecture

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