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Hakata Akihaku Guide 2019

The Hakata area comes alive in the fall with the Hakata Akihaku (Autumn Festa), a series of colorful events and festivals from September to November, some of which have been running for hundreds of years. Hakata Akihaku 2019 will once again feature an exceptional variety of colorful, must-see events, ranging from those imbued with historical romance at the shrines and temples of Hakata, to concerts, art, dramas, walking tours, and lectures. It’s a great chance to deepen your knowledge of Hakata’s history and enjoy the feast of arts, food, and music. You can check the official website for more details here:

This guide is constantly being updated with more Akihaku events. Check back for more events!

Event schedule

Please check each event below for details.

8/2 (Fri.) ~ 10/27 (Sun.): Fukuoka Freedom Night Market
9/7 (Sat.) ~ 11/4 (Mon., hol.): The Exhibition of SAMURAI
9/14 (Sat.) ~ 10/31 (Thu.): Wa no Hakata – Explore Hakata in Kimono
9/14 (Sat.) ~ 10/31 (Thu.): Wa no Hakata – Stamp Rally
9/14 (Sat.) ~ 9/16 (Mon.): Asian Curry Picnic 2019
9/29 (Sun.), 10/19 (Sat.): Wa no Hakata – Udon Sampling and Walking Tour
10/1 (Tue.) ~ 11/24 (Sun.): Hakata Machiya Folk Museum – Trip to Mt. Fuji of Hakata Townsfolk Exhibition
10/1 (Tue.) ~ 10/31 (Thu.): 20th Hakata Town Gallery Bus
10/1 (Tue.) ~ 11/6 (Wed.): World of Akari Picture
10/3 (Thu.) ~10/14 (Mon., hol.): Hakata Old Town Sankan Stamp Rally
10/4 (Fri.): Kawabata Night Bazaar
10/4 (Fri.) ~ 10/15 (Tue.): Hakata Jocho Walking Tour
10/5 (Sat.): Hakata Rugby Street
10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/13 (Sun.): Hakata Machiya Folk Museum – Nohgaku Workshop
10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.): Hakata Machiya Folk Museum – Ikebana Exhibition
10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.): Marugoto Museum – Art in Hakata Old Town
10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.): Hakata Old Town Light-up Walk 2019
10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/15 (Tue.): Kimono Wearing Contest 2019
10/12 (Sat.): Hakata Machiya Folk Museum – Origami Workshop
10/12 (Fri.) ~ 10/13 (Sun.): Sumiyoshi Shrine Reitaisai
10/12 (Sat.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.): Light-up Walk Tour
10/12 (Sat.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.): The Oriental Market with JPN Style
10/13 (Sun.): Autumn Aroma Workshop
10/18 (Fri.) ~ 10/27 (Sun.): Fukuoka Oktoberfest
10/19 (Sat.): 25th Hakata Tomyo Watching 2019
10/19 (Sat.): Hakata Kenjo Dochu
10/23 (Wed.), 10/24 (Thu.): Hakata Okunchi
10/24 (Thu.) ~ 10/26 (Sat.): 44th Nakasu Matsuri
10/27 (Sun.): Hakata Halloween Costume Parade and Contest
11/2 (Sat.): Sumiyoshi Shrine Yokozuna Dohyo-iri Dedication
11/11 (Mon.): Otojiro Kawakami Memorial
11/15 (Fri.) ~ 11/17 (Sun.): 117th Hakata-Ori Exhibition
11/22 (Fri.): Special Autumn Viewing of Tochoji Temple’s Five-Story Pagoda


Fukuoka Freedom Night Market 2019

The Fukuoka Freedom Night Market takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from the beginning of August to the end of October. Located in Seiryu Park just beside Canal City, it’s easily accessible on foot from both Tenjin and Hakata. It’s a place for young and old to enjoy an Asian-style night market. To celebrate the 7th edition of this annual event, 700 lanterns will light up the venue. Browse a range of booths offering food and drink from popular Fukuoka and Kyushu restaurants at the outdoor food area “Chikappa Yokocho.” Also don’t miss the stalls offering accessories and handicrafts, massages, fortune-telling, artwork, festival games, as well as a stage that will feature live music and dance performances. Whether you live in Fukuoka or are visiting from overseas, this annual summer outdoor night market is very entertaining. Food booths and live acts are rotated in every weekend! Free Wi-Fi available, too!

Fukuoka Freedom Night Market in Canal Night Parking
• 9/12 (Thu.) ~ 9/16 (Mon., hol.) with DJ, dance, and other live performances
• 9/26 (Thu.) ~ 9/29 (Sun.) with DJ party and dance performances
• 10/18 (Fri.) ~ 10/20 (Sun.) with special skate performances by Latitude Skate Shop
• 12:00~23:00 (9/12, 9/26, & 10/18: 16:00~)
• Free
• Riverside Parking 2, Canal City Hakata
1-4 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

Fukuoka Freedom Night Market 2019
• 8/2 (Fri.) ~ 10/27 (Sun.)
• Every Fri., Sat. and Sun.
• Closed: During other special events
• 16:00~23:00
• Free entry
• Seiryu Park
1-7 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
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The Exhibition of SAMURAI

Traditional Japanese weapons were not viewed merely as battle tools; these swords and armor embody the spirit of Japanese artistry. This exhibition showcases 150 exemplary pieces of armor, swords, documents, and other items from between the turbulent 11th and 17th centuries. Each weapon shows masterful craftsmanship which has been refined over the years, and over half of these items are National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties!

Important Cultural Property- Domaru Armor with lacing of dark blue thread, Hayashibara Museum of Art

• 9/7 (Sat.) ~ 11/4 (Mon., hol.)
• 9:30~17:30 (last entry: 17:00),
• Closed: Mon. (if Mon., falls on a holiday, the museum will be open and closed the next day.)
• Door: adult ¥1,500, HS and college student ¥900, under JHS: free
• ¥200 discount for overseas visitors & foreign residents (present your passport or ID)
• Fukuoka City Museum
3-1-1 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka

Asian Curry Picnic 2019

The top curry places in Fukuoka will gather at Bayside Place where you can have your pick of Asian curries from India, South India, Uganda, Pakistan, Thailand, and Japan. Entry includes curry from three booths. Great chance to enjoy authentic curry by the sea. Don’t forget to try the “Takeru Special” curry too. If you love curry, then this event is for you!

Photo: Bayside Place Hakata

• 9/14 (Sat.) ~ 9/16 (Mon., hol.)
• 11:00~17:00 (or until sold out)
• Adv. (can be bought at participating stores and selected stores in Bayside Place Hakata, incl. 3 tickets): ¥1,000, Door: ¥1,200 (incl. 3 tickets)
• Bayside Place Hakata
13-6 Chikkohonmachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

Wa no Hakata

Stamp Rally
Visit and collect stamps from 10 shops and facilities in Hakata to win “Wa no Hakata” goods (badges and hand towels).

• 9/14 (Sat.) ~ 10/31 (Thu.)
Jotenji Temple, Tochoji Temple, Kushida Shrine, Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, Hakata Traditional Craft Center, Sumiyoshi Shrine, Canal City Hakata, Kitte Hakata, Hakata Akachokobe, Hakata Riverain Mall
092-523-3310 (Wa no Hakata Stamp Rally Executive Office)

Explore Hakata in Kimono
Dress in kimono and set out for a walk on the streets of Hakata this autumn! You can also receive special giveaways such as free sparkling wine, hand towels and more. Each spot have different giveaways so be sure to visit them all!

• 9/14 (Sat.) ~ 10/31 (Thu.)
• Participating stores: JR Hakata City, Kitte Hakata, Canal City Hakata, Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, Hakata Traditional Craft Center
092-474-7243 (Hakata Town Planning Promotion Council)

Udon Sampling and Walking Tour
Hakata is believed to be the origin of udon noodles, and in this walking tour of the area you’ll be joined by Japan’s ‘one and only’ noodle journalist, Yuichiro Yamada. Visit udon-related shrines and temples and sample udon at some spots, too!

• 10/19 (Sat.) 15:30~
• ¥1,000
• Limit 8 persons (reservations required)
080-1545-0587 (Kodawari no Hakata Machi Aruki Executive Office)

World of Akari Picture

Admire the nostalgic tableau of lit-up, sculpted figures by Fukuoka-based sculptor Chiharu Irie in this exhibition.

• 10/1 (Tue.) ~ 11/6 (Wed.) *closed on 10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.)
• 10:00~18:00
• Free entry
• Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
6-10 Reisen-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)

20th Hakata Town Gallery Bus

It’s a colorful ride on two Nishitetsu BRT buses for the whole month of October! Hakata-themed artwork drawn by Hakata Elementary School 6th grade students will be on display inside the buses.

• 10/1 (Tue.) ~ 10/31 (Thu.)
092-472-5421 (Hakata Taihaku-dori Club)


Hakata Machiya Folk Museum

Trip to Mt. Fuji of Hakata Townsfolk Exhibition
In 1910, approximately 40 Hakata townsfolk went on an expedition lasting 25 days, which included climbing Mt. Fuji and traveling as far as Sendai while exploring popular tourist spots. Relive the trip through the displays and left-behind records in this exhibition!

• 10/1 (Tue.) ~ 11/24 (Tue.) *closed on 10/28 (Mon.)
• 10:00~18:00
• ¥200, groups of over 20: ¥150, JHS & under and over 65 y.o. (living in Fukuoka City, Kitakyushu City, or Kumamoto City): free *must present ID
• Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
6-10 Reisen-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)

Nohgaku Workshop
Watch Noh demonstrations and experience Noh firsthand at these workshops held by professional Noh performers. Lectures will be in Japanese language only, but will be easy to understand for foreigners as well, so everyone is welcome! Reservations not required.

• 10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/13 (Sun.)
• 18:00~21:00 (approx.)
• Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
6-10 Reisen-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)

Ikebana Exhibition
Admire the elegant displays of ikebana (flower) arrangements by the head of Soshinryu school of ikebana Kakutetsu Goto. There will also be displays of Hakata traditional craft such as Hakata-ori textiles and Hakata magemono (shaped wooden boxes).

• 10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.)
• 10:00~21:00 (10/11: 18:00~)
• Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
6-10 Reisen-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)

Origami Workshop
Origami is the traditional Japanese art of folding colorful paper to make unique shapes. Join this workshop held by origami expert Harumi Aoyagi and Masayuki Hirata to discover fun ways of doing origami. Japanese language only but foreigners very much welcome! Your finished origami can be a great souvenir to gift to somebody.

• 10/12 (Sat.)
• 13:00~16:00 (approx. 3 hrs required)
• ¥300 (reservations not required)
• Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
6-10 Reisen-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)

Autumn Aroma Workshop
Make up to two autumn-themed perfume pouches using Hakata-ori fabric in this workshop! Japanese language only but foreigners are welcome to join. The pouches will be made without using needles, so people who find sewing difficult would be able to join, too. There are many ways to use your perfume pouch: place them in your bag, use them as decorations, and more!

• 10/13 (Sun.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.)
• 13:00~16:00 (approx. 3 hrs required)
• ¥1,500 (reservations not required)
• Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
6-10 Reisen-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)


Kawabata Night Bazaar

Take a stroll through a 400 m stretch inside the Kawabata Shotengai arcade after dark. Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere while browsing open air stalls selling food and more in a bazaar-style market. Live music too!

• 10/4 (Fri.)
• 17:00~21:00 (*some shops open in the morning)
Kawabata Shotengai (Shopping Arcade)
092-281-6223 (Kawabata Shotengai Promotion Association)

Hakata Old Town Sankan Stamp Rally

Collect three stamps from the events at each of these Hakata Old Town venues: Hakata Traditional Performing Arts Centre, Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum. Have fun at the events and receive a prize afterwards!

• 10/3 (Thu.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.)
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)

1) Hakata Traditional Performing Arts Centre: Performances by Hakata traditional performing arts groups.
• 10/3 (Thu.) ~ 10/6 (Sun.), 10/10 (Thu.), 10/11 (Fri.), 10/13(Sun.), 10/14 (Mon.,hol.)
• 15:00~, 15:30~, 16:00~, 16:30~
• ¥1,000 (incl. free postcard)
092-441-1118 (Hakata Traditional Performing Arts Centre)

2) Hakata Machiya Folk Museum: Various workshops and exhibits
• 10/1 (Tue.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.): night market (food stalls incl. takoyaki, beer and more)
• 10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.): ikebana and traditional crafts exhibition
• 10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/13 (Sun.): Noh workshop 18:00~21:00
• 10/12 (Sat.): origami 13:00~16:00
• 10/13 (Sun.): perfume pouch making 13:00~16:00
• Entrance fee: ¥200
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)

3) Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum
• 10/3 (Thu.) ~ 10/8 (Tue.): Hakata-ori exhibition
• 10/10 (Thu.) ~ 10/22 (Tue.): exhibition of new Hakata ningyo dolls
• 10:00~18:00
• Free entry
092-409-5450 (Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum)

Hakata Jocho Walking Tours

Get to know Hakata straight from volunteer townsfolk as they guide you through shrines, temples, and other sites of importance. Some of the information they provide cannot be found even in guidebooks! This year there are five tours to choose from, including the usual shrine and temple walking tour, a tour tracing the steps of famous Hakata-related persons, and a kamaboko (pureed deboned white fish) designing workshop tour. Please be aware that the tours are only available in Japanese. Reservations recommended.

• 10/4 (Fri.) ~ 10/15 (Tue.)
• Closed: 10/9 (Wed.), 10/10 (Thu.)
• 10:00~, 14:00~ *each tour is approx. 2 hrs
• ¥700 ~ ¥2,200 (varies per tour)
• For reservations & inquiries: 080-8397-9256 (Fukuoka Tourist Information Volunteer Association, every day 10:00~15:30)
• Reservation period: 9/1 (Sun.) ~ 10/15 (Tue.)
• Kushida Shrine (starting point for each tour), Sankoen (starting point for special tour)

Hakata Rugby Street

Hakata Ekimae-dori Avenue turns into a rugby festival street for one day! Watch rugby technique demonstrations by pro rugby players, and young and old alike can join tag rugby games. Play with the entire family! Grab a bite at the food corner too.

• 10/5 (Sat.) *canceled in case of inclement weather
• 12:00~17:00
Hakata Ekimae-dori Ave. (Hakata Ward Office south exit intersection ~ Higashi-gawa intersection area)
092-474-7243 (Hakata Town Planning Promotion Council)

Marugoto Museum – Art in Hakata Old Town

Hakata Old Town was born in the Middle Ages when Hakata first flourished as an important port city. Historical temples and shrines dot the area, helping to keep the traditions and cultures of the time alive. An outdoor art exhibition, Art in Hakata Old Town, returns to the area after a successful start in 2018. In collaboration with Hakata Old Town Light-up Walk, works and installations by seven artists attract viewers at several colorfully illuminated venues at nighttime.

Photo for image purpose only

• 10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.)
• ~21:00
• Free entry (18:00~21:00, Hakata Old Town Light-up Walk ticket required except for Jotenji Temple’s Buddha Hall)
Jotenji Temple (Buddha Hall), Tochoji Temple, Myorakuji Temple, Zendoji Temple, Ryuguji Temple

Hakata Old Town Light-up Walk 2019

See historic temples, shrines and gardens in the Hakata area in a different light, at night! A total of 18 sites will be artistically illuminated across four days. It’s also an opportunity to enter locations not usually open to the public. Some of the sites become busy, so arrive early to avoid queues.

• 10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.)
• 18:00~21:00 (last entry 20:45)
• Free entrance: Shojoji Temple, Ichigyoji Temple, Katsuragi Jizo, Kushida Shrine (main stage), Machiya Folk Museum, Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum, Jotenji Temple, Hakata Sennen-no-mon
• Fee required: Hongakuji Temple, Zendoji Temple, Myotenji Temple, Kaigenji Temple, Kushida Shrine main hall and Shimekake Inari Shrine, Ryuguji Temple, Jotenji Temple, Tochoji Temple, Myorakuji Temple, Engakuji Temple
• Adv.: ¥1,000, door: ¥1,500, JHS and under: free (must be accompanied by a guardian)
• Tickets sold at Fukuoka City Tourist Information Center (Tenjin and Hakata), Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum, Kushida Shrine, Service Counter 7F Hakata Hankyu, Universal Cafe 1F Fukuoka City Hall, Canal Tourist Lounge and more
092-283-5215 (weekdays 10:00~17:00, until 21:00 during the event)

Kimono Wearing Contest 2019

Be sure to wear kimono during the Hakata Old Town Light-up Walk period (Oct. 11 to 14) for that Instagram-worthy shot among the lit-up temples and shrines! Join the Kimono Wearing Contest of Hakata Machiya Folk Museum by adding the hashtag “#着こなし上手コンテスト2019” to your Instagram post, or submit your photos via email ( Entries will be displayed at the museum and can be voted on via the Kimono Wearing Contest Facebook page. The top three winners will receive prizes!

・10/11 (Fri.) ~ 10/15 (Tue.)
・For submissions, email:

Sumiyoshi Shrine Reitaisai

The festival is said to have begun as a way of thanking the Sumiyoshi gods for the legendary Empress Jingu’s safe return from Korea by holding sumo and archery matches. Children wearing Heian-era clothes march in a parade, and intense, traditional Japanese archery while riding on horseback called yabusame will be held. Feel the excitement as elementary students battle it out to be the yokozuna (sumo grand champion) in the young men’s sumo tournament. Takes place at Sumiyoshi Shrine (Oct. 12 & 13).

• 10/12 (Sat.), 10/13 (Sun.)
• 10/12 (Sat.): Young sumo wrestling competition 9:00~12:00, Children’s procession 16:00~
• 10/13 (Sun.): Yabusame (horseback archery) 11:30~
• Sumiyoshi Shrine
3-1-51 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

Light-up Walk Tour

Learn about the history of the various Hakata Old Town Light-up Walk venues from the volunteer guides of the Fukuoka Tourist Information Volunteer Guide Association. Tour participants will receive prioritized entry.

• 10/12 (Sat.), 10/13 (Sun.)
• 17:00~20:00
• ¥2,600 (incl. Hakata Old Town Light-up Walk 2019 ticket, guide fee, and insurance), free for JHS and under as long as accompanied by a guardian
(reservations required, limit 20 persons)
• For reservations: tel. 092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum), email:

The Oriental Market with JPN Style

Browse a wide and eclectic range of imported goods and food from over 20 different countries at Sumiyoshi Shrine! The approach to the shrine will be lined with stalls selling homewares, accessories, clothes and more, run by popular local shops, a number of which are owned by local non-Japanese residents. Some of the shops include “sweet rocket plus” (Czech), “Furaha” (Kenya), “PiskeyVitage” (UK antiques), “Nyano” (Nepal), “Rakkas” (belly dance specialty store), and “Comoesta” (Peru). As you wander the market, drop by some of the food and drink stalls and indulge in the ethnic cuisine on offer which include Sri Lankan (Osashiri), Russian (Petika), Peruvian (Kaori’s Grill) and more!

• 10/12 (Sat.) ~ 10/14 (Mon., hol.) *will be postponed to the following week in case of inclement weather
• 10:00~18:00
• Free entry
• Sumiyoshi Shrine
3-1-51 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
090-9727-4938 (sweet rocket plus / N.P.G Fukuoka)

Fukuoka Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest has become one of the most popular autumn events in Fukuoka. This year enjoy 9 brands of authentic draft beer, German sausages and other traditional foods and breads. There will also be a reserved area offering a special menu and service (reservations from Oct. 7). Cheery music from an authentic German folk band straight from Munich will surely fire up the festive mood inside the huge tent! “Prost!”

• 10/18 (Fri.) ~ 10/27 (Sun.)
• 16:00~22:00 (Mon. ~ Fri.), 11:00~22:00 (Sat. ~ Sun.)
• Free (charge for foods & drinks)
• Reisen Park
7 Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
080−4695−3572 (Fukuoka Oktoberfest Executive Committee)

Hakata Kenjo Dochu

The Kenjo Dochu celebrates Hakata-ori, used to make obi (traditional belts) and one of Japan’s finest textiles. The procession is led by a Hakata Geigi (geisha). Men holding lanterns, women in formal kimono and traditional music played on the shamisen (lute) and fue (flute) join the procession.

• 10/19 (Sat.)
• Free
Kawabata Shotengai: 17:20~, Hakataza Theater ~ JR Hakata Ekimae Hiroba: 18:20~, Tochoji Temple ~ Jotenji Temple ~ Hakata Sennen-no-Mon Gate

25th Hakata Tomyo Watching 2019

Visited by 30,000 people each year, this is one of Hakata’s finest events. Over 40,000 lanterns handmade by the local community will light up the area’s shrines, temples, and streets. Enjoy a magical stroll around Hakata at night, and look out for vantage points to see artfully arranged lanterns on the ground.

What is Tomyo Watching?
Traditionally, tomyo lanterns are illuminated as votive offerings to the gods and Buddha, or at memorial services (供養). The Hakata Tomyo Watching festival started in 1994, inspired from a traditional ceremony called Sentomyo that is held at temples and shrines in Fukuoka and Oita in which 1,000 paper lanterns are lit up. The beautifully illuminated paper lanterns symbolize prayers for good health and the well-being of one’s family.

• 10/19 (Sat.)
• 18:00~21:00
• Free
• Areas: Ohama, Gokusho, Kushida Shrine, Naraya, Hakata Riverain, Hakata Ekimae, Hakata Sennen-no-Mon, Tochoji Temple, Reisei Elem. School, and Bayside Place ~ Hakata Port Int’l Term.
Hakata area (Gokusho, Kushida Shrine and Reisen area, Naraya, Ohama, Hakata Riverain, Tochoji Temple, Hakata Sennen-no-Mon, Hakata Ekimae, JR Hakata Sta. ~ Hakata Sennen-no-Mon)

Hakata Okunchi

This traditional festival, with 1,200 years of history, gives thanks to the gods for the autumn harvest. On Oct. 24, watch as an ox-drawn carriage pulls an ornate mikoshi (portable shrine), as well as the parade of children wearing traditional kimono and tachi-eboshi (brimless headgear worn by court nobles), starting at Kushida Shrine and weaving around the Hakata area. On Oct. 23, look forward to events including Gokokuhojo Market selling seasonal fish and vegetables (10 am to 4 pm), free amazake (10 am to 4 pm), Sentomyo (6 to 9 pm) and honosumo ritual matches.

• 10/23 (Tue.) ~ 10/24 (Wed.)
• Kushida Shrine and Hakata area
1-41 Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-291-2951 (Kushida Shrine)

44th Nakasu Matsuri

Nakasu becomes a pedestrian paradise in this colorful festival, with wagons lining the streets to sell food and stages hosting amateur wrestling, taiko drum performances and more. Don’t miss the Kunihiro Onna Mikoshi for a rare view of 500 women carrying a float around the streets (10/25: 7:25 pm, 10/26: 6:50 pm) as well as the Oiran Dochu to see a parade of resplendently garbed courtesans (10/25: 7 pm, will be postponed to 10/26 in case of rain). Join a bar hopping event at three popular restaurants in Nakasu (10/24: 19:30) for ¥3,500 too.

• 10/25 (Fri.), 10/26 (Sat.) *10/24: festival eve
• 18:00~22:00
• Free viewing
• Hashigo sake hopping event: adv. ¥3,000, door ¥3,500 (incl. 3 drinks and 3 snacks, for sale at Lawson stores nationwide)
Nakasu 1-chome ~ 5-chome, Hakata-ku
092-272-1440 (Nakasu Tourism Association / Town of Nakasu Joint Association)

Hakata Halloween Costume Parade & Contest 2019

Get in the Halloween spirit watching hundreds of participants wearing creepy and creative costumes in the annual parade from Hakata Riverain to Canal City. This is one of the biggest Halloween parades in Kyushu with 500 in attendance. All participants are awarded a small souvenir gift, and best dressers are awarded big prizes after the parade – first prize is ¥150,000! To join the parade, apply by email ( by Oct. 18 (Fri.) – limit 500 persons.

Application: email the following information to
• Name (in furigana)
• Address (incl. postal code)
• Age
• Contact number (mobile phone)
• How many in your group (up to 10 allowed)
• Your group’s costume theme

• 10/27 (Sun.)
• 11:00~17:30, parade: 14:00, contest and awarding: 16:00
• Hakata Riverain Mall ~ Hakata Kawabata Shopping Street ~ Canal City Hakata
092-282-2525 (Canal City Hakata Information Service Center)

Sumiyoshi Shrine Yokozuna Dohyo-iri Dedication

Sumo is the national sport of Japan and encompasses three core elements: mind (kokoro), spirit (ki), and body (karada). The sumo god of ki is enshrined and worshipped at Sumiyoshi Shrine. The yokozuna dohyo-iri dedication is an official ceremony in which a yokozuna (grand champion of sumo) enters the sumo ring. It is an official event held annually by the Japan Sumo Association before the Kyushu Basho and are held in only five locations in Japan. The event usually attracts more than 3,000 visitors and is free to all attendees, so be sure to arrive early!

• 11/2 (Sat.)
• 13:00~
• Free viewing
• Sumiyoshi Shrine
3-1-51 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-291-2670 (Sumiyoshi Shrine)

Otojiro Kawakami Memorial

Hakata-born Otojiro Kawakami was known for penning the popular, Meiji-era satirical song “Oppekepe-bushi”. Having toured the world twice with his own group as the first Japanese theater troupe to perform in the West, Kawakami was also the first person to likewise introduce Western plays like Shakespeare to the Japanese audience. A Buddhist memorial service in his honor is held every year on his death anniversary, Nov. 11, at the Jotenji Temple.

Find out more about Otojiro Kawakami here.

• 11/11 (Mon.)
• 11:00~ (approx. one hour)
• Free viewing
• Jotenji Temple
1-29-9 Hakata-ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-281-7761 (Hakata Machiya Folk Museum)

117th Hakata-Ori Exhibition

Hakata-ori textile is a local folk craft with 778 years of tradition. It has been popular for centuries for use in kimono and obi as a silk textile thanks to its tensility and thickness of the fabric. At the event, examples of Hakata-ori will be displayed inside Jotenji Temple, the birthplace of Hakata-ori. The location itself is a good reason to attend as it is usually closed to the public. Peruse the pieces on display and vote for your favorite. Enjoy the autumn foliage and optional outdoor tea ceremony (fee req.) in the Japanese karesansui (rock) garden. Come in kimono to receive complimentary presents!

• 11/15 (Fri.) ~ 11/17 (Sun.)
• 10:00~17:00 (Fri.: 13:00~17:00, Sun.: 10:00~15:00)
• Free
• Jotenji Temple
1-29-9 Hakata-ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-409-5162 (Hakata Textile Manufacturer Association)

Special Autumn Viewing of Tochoji Temple’s Five-Story Pagoda

Find out more about the local area with the Hakata Guides Association, a group known for the detailed information they provide. Explore some parts of the grounds that would not usually be accessible to the public. This is a great opportunity to enter the inner sanctuary of Tochoji’s five-story pagoda and the Rokkakudo, which is located just in front of the main temple building, with a guide (available in Japanese only).

• 11/22 (Fri.) ~ 11/24 (Sun.) *will be cancelled in case of inclement weather
• 10:00~16:00 (reception from 9:30, a tour takes about 30 min.)
• ¥300
• Tochoji Temple
2-4 Gokusho-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
092-419-1012 (Hakata Ward Planning Promotion Department)

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Published: Oct 10, 2019 / Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019

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