Dontaku, originating from the Dutch word Zondag (holiday), is one of Japan’s largest festivals, attracting two million spectators (pre-pandemic). After four years, the event returns to its regular scale, albeit slightly reduced. On May 3 & 4, the festivities commence with the Hakata Matsubayashi procession, which has marked the new year for the past 840 years. Daytime performances across 39 stages follow, and in the evening, illuminated “Flower Cars” (decorated vehicles) parade through the streets. For more information, keep an eye out for our Hakata Dontaku 2023 Guide, available in late April!
• 5/3 (Wed., hol.), 5/4 (Thu., hol.)
• Free viewing
• Fukuoka Now Hakata Dontaku Guide 2023
• Kyushu Live Video Report: May. 2022