Hatsukoshin Festival

START: Jan 12, 2021 END: Jan 13, 2021

A New Year custom in which people visit the small Sarutahiko Shrine from early morning to line up and buy monkey masks handmade by Hakata ningyo doll makers. The masks are hung in front of houses to ward off evil spirits, as the Japanese word for “monkey” (saru) is a homophone of the word “go away.” Read more about this unique event here.

• 1/12 (Tue.), 1/13 (Wed.)
• 8:00~18:00
• Free entry (monkey mask: ¥1,000)
• Sarutahiko Shrine
1-1-41 Fujisaki, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka

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Published: Dec 18, 2020 / Last Updated: Jan 13, 2021