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Hakata Gion Yamakasa

START: Jul 1, 2024 END: Jul 15, 2024

Starting July 1, various events related to the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival take place primarily in the Hakata area, allowing people to experience the unique atmosphere of the festival throughout the city.

On the morning of July 1, the magnificent Kazari Yamakasa (decorative floats), created annually by Hakata doll makers, are unveiled at 13 locations in the city, while the Kakiyamakasa (carried floats) are set up at seven locations. During the festival, it becomes common to see men dressed in traditional formal wear known as Nagahappi in the streets of Hakata.
▶︎ Hakata Gion Yamakasa Kazariyama Guide 2024 (The latest bilingual guide summarizing locations and themes)

The first Yamakasa event of the season, the “Nagaregaki” on July 10, involves men carrying the Yamakasa, which stands about 3 meters tall and weighs around 1 ton, through their respective districts. Leading up to the climax, the Oiyamakasa, participants practice and adjust, eventually running the approximately 5.5 km course in about 20 minutes.

When a Kakiyama approaches, children known as “Sakibashiri” run ahead holding flags and other items. Be cautious as “Kioimizu” (water of vigor) is splashed generously from the roadside when the Kakiyama passes.

The final event, the “Oiyama,” begins at 4:59 AM on July 15 with a solemn ceremony at Kushida Shrine. Each team starts at five-minute intervals, running through the streets of Hakata with energetic shouts to the finish line, known as “Mawaridome.”

By the time the festival ends, the rainy season is over, and full-fledged summer arrives in Hakata.

Hakata Gion Yamakasa, 博多祇園山笠

• 7/1 (Mon.) ~ 7/15 (Mon., hol.)
• Kushida Shrine, various places in Fukuoka City (mainly Hakata area)
Fukuoka Now Hakata Gion Yamakasa Map 2024

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Guide 2024
https://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/yamakasa/

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Kazariyama Guide 2024
https://www.fukuoka-now.com/en/yamakasa-kazariyama-guide/

Yamakasa Schedule 2024

• 7/1 (Mon.): Kazariyama open to the public & Goshinire (morning), Oshioitori (Fetching the Sea Salt, in Hakozaki-hama beach, evening)
• 7/9 (Tue.) Evening: Oshioitori (Ishido Bridge ~ Hakozaki-hama beach)
• 7/10 (Wed.) 16:00~18:00: Nagaregaki
• 7/11 (Thu.) 5:00~6:00 Asayama, 16:00〜17:30 other Nagaregaki
• 7/12 (Fri.) 15:59~: Oiyamanarashi (Kushida Shrine ~ Naraya-machi)
• 7/13 (Sat.) 15:30~: Shudanyamamise (Gofuku-machi intersection ~ Fukuoka City Hall)
• 7/14 (Sun.) approx 16:00~17:00: Nagaregaki
• 7/15 (Mon., hol.) 4:59~: Oiyama (Kushida Shrine ~ Susaki-machi)

Special Train Service for Oiyama Viewing

The finale of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa, the “Oiyama” starts at 4:59 AM from Kushida Shrine. Major transportation services will operate special trains to accommodate viewers.

JR Kyushu (PDF Schedule for Special Trains)
Special Limited Express Train “Kirameki 91”
• From Mojiko Sta. to Hakata Sta.: 3:01 AM departure → 4:07 AM arrival

Special Local Train “Hakata Yamakasa”
• From Mojiko: 2:20 AM departure → 3:56 AM arrival at Hakata
• From Nogata: 3:10 AM departure → 4:11 AM arrival at Hakata
• From Kurume: 3:24 AM departure → 4:15 AM arrival at Hakata
• From Chikuzen Maebaru: 3:53 AM departure → 4:35 AM arrival at Hakata

Nishitetsu Train (PDF Schedule)
Tenjin Omuta Line
• Express: From Omuta to Fukuoka (Tenjin): 2:35 AM departure → 3:50 AM arrival
• Local: From Hanabatake to Fukuoka (Tenjin): 2:53 AM departure → 4:01 AM arrival

Kaizuka Line (Local Service) from Nishitetsu Shingu to Kaizuka
• 3:42 AM departure → 4:05 AM arrival
• 4:02 AM departure → 4:25 AM arrival

Fukuoka City Subway (PDF Schedule: Airport Line / Hakozaki Line / Nanakuma Line)
• Operates every 10-20 minutes from 3 AM to 5 AM

Kyushu Live – Hakata Gion Yamakasa Live 2024

We’ll be livestreaming again from the festival several times this year, so subscribe now to our channel, Kyushu Live and never miss the action.

#1. Day 1- The Decorative Floats Unveiled! / 飾り山笠 (July 1, 2024)

#2. Day 10 of Yamakasa 2024 – NAGAREGAKI – the first run! / 流舁き (July 10, 2024)

#3. Day 11 of Yamakasa 2024 – ASAYAMA / 朝山笠 (July 11, 2024)

#4. Yamakasa Grand Finale 2024 / 追い山笠 (July 15, 2024)

 

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Published: Jun 24, 2024 / Last Updated: Jun 27, 2024

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