Held since the 1500s, and recently designated a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The highlight is the parade of 14 ornately decorated, 5 m high floats built in the shape of auspicious symbols: carp, dragon, lion, etc. These are wheeled through the streets to the beat of taiko drums and vigorous chants of the handlers.
• 11/2 (Sat.) ~ 11/4 (Mon., hol.)
• Times vary
• From Karatsu Shrine to Karatsu City
• Karatsu Shrine
• 3-13 Minami-jonai, Karatsu City, Saga
• 0955-72-4963 (Karatsu Sta. Tourist Information Center)