Fri, 13th July to Sun, 15th July, 2018: “Amagi Gion Yamakasa” in Asakura city, Fukuoka Prefecture.

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“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.
Phone:0946-22-2249

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

Sun, 1st July to Sun, 15th July, 2018: “Hakata Gion Yamakasa” in Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

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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 run through the town of Hakata and many visitors and local people are very attracted to it. The main even takes place on the 15th.

●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.
Phone:092-291-2951
WEBSITE:http://www.hakatayamakasa.com/index.html

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

Sun, 1st July to Sat, 7th July, 2018: “Okage-yokocho Tanabata-no-Sekku” in Ise city, Mie Prefecture

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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 old fashioned games, and participate in workshops.

●Okage-yokocho Tanabata-no-Sekku
Place:Okage-yokocho
Time:10:00~17:30
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
WEBSITE:http://www.okageyokocho.co.jp

52 Ujinakanokiricho Ise, Mie Prefecture

Sun, 1st July to Tue, 31st July, 2018: “Gion-matsuri” in Kyoto

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This festival is one of the three largest Japanese festivals and today it’s even listed as UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. 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.

●Gion-matsuri
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
Phone:075-343-0548
WEBSITE:https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/gion/index.html

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

Sat, 14th July, 2018: “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.

●Nachi-no-Ogi-Matsuri
Place:Kumano Nachi Taisha
Time:10:00~
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.
Phone:0735-55-032
WEBSITE:http://www.kumanonachitaisha.or.jp/

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

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