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Fukuoka Hina Matsuri Guide 2024

The Dolls Festival, or “Hina Matsuri” (also known as Peach Festival or Girls’ Day), is a cherished Japanese tradition celebrating the health and happiness of young girls. Hina dolls begin to grace homes and venues from around the start of spring (February 4th), setting the stage for Dolls Festivals celebrated across various locales.

Originating from the playful doll interactions of young girls, the tradition of Hina doll display has evolved from a belief in their power to repel malevolent spirits, culminating in the practice of “floating the Hina dolls” (nagashi-bina) as surrogates for protection. This belief intertwined with the desire for young girls’ wellbeing, giving rise to the contemporary Hinamatsuri. Historically, the Edo period marked March 3rd as the Peach Festival, a day still honored with traditional foods like diamond-shaped rice cakes, white sake, scattered sushi, and clam soup.

Nowadays, the Hinamatsuri transcends familial and community bounds, emerging as a focal point for tourism. Localities proudly showcase their inherited Hina doll displays, fostering a collective celebration that extends throughout the region. Venturing through the Dolls Festivals in Fukuoka and across Kyushu during this season provides a unique glimpse into the essence of local cultures and the welcoming of spring.

Mojiko Retro Hina Matsuri, 門司港レトロひな祭り

Hina Matsuri Event in Fukuoka and Kyushu
Fukuoka Prefecture (6)
• Yanagawa City: Yanagawa Hina Matsuri & Sagemon Meguri
• Asakura City: Hina Meguri in the Ancient Capital Akizuki
• Ukiha City: Chikugo Yoshii Ohinasama Meguri
• Yame City: Yame Bonbori Matsuri
• Kitakyushu City: Mojiko Retro Hina Matsuri
• Iizuka City: Iizuka Hina Matsuri

Saga Prefecture (2)
• Saga City: Saga Joka Hina Matsuri
• Arita Town: Arita Hina no Yakimono Matsuri

Oita Prefecture (3)
• Kitsuki City: Kitsuki Castle Town Walk and Doll Tour
• Hita City: Tenryo Hita Ohina Matsuri
• Usuki City: Usuki Hina Meguri

Fukuoka Prefecture

Yanagawa Hina Matsuri & Sagemon Meguri

Yanagawa Hina Matsuri is renowned for the enchanting beauty of its traditional Hina doll decorations, known as “Sagemon.” These ornamental Sagemon, gifted to girls during their first Dolls Festival, are displayed not only in homes but also across tourist sites and shopping arcades. Visitors can embark on a delightful “Sagemon Tour,” easily navigated by following the vibrant pink flags.

On March 17th (Sunday), with a contingency plan for rain on March 20th, the “Hina Doll Water Parade” is a highlight, featuring elegantly dressed children and mothers in formal attire aboard donko boats. These boats gracefully navigate Yanagawa’s famous canal system, offering a picturesque parade that attracts numerous spectators, all keen to immortalize the graceful and festive scene with their cameras.

Fukuoka Hinamatsuri Guide, 福岡ひな祭りガイド

Fukuoka Hinamatsuri Guide, 福岡ひな祭りガイド

• 2/11 (Sun., hol.) ~ 4/3 (Wed.)
• Free (some venues charge entry fees)
Yanagawa city area, Yanagawa Shopping Arcade and more (Sagemon Meguri Official Map)

Kyushu Live – Yanagawa, Princess Water Parade (Mar. 21, 2021)


Hina Meguri in the Ancient Capital Akizuki

Akizuki, a town rich in atmosphere and history, once thrived as a castle town. Here, amidst the remnants of Akizuki Castle, alongside culturally designated gates and homes, the town’s historical essence is palpable. With the arrival of the Hina Matsuri season, the town transforms, inviting visitors to partake in a “Hina Meguri” (Doll Tour), wandering through its streets adorned with festive displays. A standout feature of this celebration is the unique Hina decoration at the Akizuki Castle ruins. The 21 stone steps leading up to the long house gate are ingeniously repurposed as a tiered display, presenting over 600 Hina dolls donated by the community. This display is not only a testament to the town’s rich cultural heritage but also a visually stunning experience.

Hina Meguri in the Ancient Capital Akizuki, 古都秋月 雛めぐり

Hina Meguri in the Ancient Capital Akizuki, 古都秋月 雛めぐり

• 2/10 (Sat.) ~ 3/3 (Sun.)
*A display on the stone steps will be exhibited only on Sat., Sun., and hol. 10:00~16:00 (in case of rain, the exhibition will be cancelled)
• Free (some facilities require a fee)
Nagayamon Gate of Akizuki Castle Ruins, the castle town of Akizuki (Akizuki, Asakura City / Akizukinotori) and more

Chikugo Yoshii Ohinasama Meguri

In Ukiha City’s Yoshii Town, an extensive collection of Hina dolls, dating from the Edo period to contemporary times, is showcased to the public. This exhibition ranges from opulent decorations in historic homes to unique Hina dolls found in private residences. What sets the Dolls Festival in Yoshii Town apart is its embodiment of the people’s Hina dolls. These displays are enriched by “Okiage” – handcrafted decorative pieces made by local women, drawing inspiration from Hina dolls, Kabuki, and Ukiyo-e, arranged artistically around “Hako-bina” (boxed dolls). This event allows for a delightful exploration of the town’s charm, accentuated by its streets adorned with traditional white-walled storehouses, offering a memorable journey through the Dolls Festival.

Chikugo Yoshii Ohinasama Meguri, 筑後吉井おひなさまめぐり

• 2/11 (Sun., hol.) ~ 3/20 (Wed., hol.)
• 10:00~17:00
• Free entry
Yoshii-machi, Ukiha City, Fukuoka (Ohinasama Meguri Official Map)

Yame Bonbori Matsuri

Yame, renowned across Kyushu for its doll craftsmanship, stands as a bastion of traditional arts. In the Dolls Festival season, Hina dolls grace over 100 venues, ranging from the historic townhouses on Shirakabe (white-walled) Street to residences and commercial areas, identifiable by peach-colored lanterns. While the local heritage boasts the quaint “Hako-bina,” square-boxed Hina dolls, the Yame Doll Hall showcases an array of stunningly opulent dolls, some of which were historically brought by the brides of the Tokugawa shogunate’s princesses. On February 11th, starting at 10:30 am, Fukushima Hachiman Shrine hosts a traditional wedding ceremony in twelve-layered kimonos and court attire. Furthermore, from February 23rd to 25th, the shrine’s approach comes alive with a market offering Yame’s finest sake and delicacies, celebrating the region’s rich cultural and gastronomic heritage.

Yame Bonbori Festival, 雛の里・八女ぼんぼりまつり

Yame Bonbori Festival, 雛の里・八女ぼんぼりまつり

• 2/11 (Sun., hol.) ~ 3/10 (Sun.)
• 10:00~17:00
• Free entry
Around the Yame Fukushima Shirakabe (white-walled building area) *Ohinasama Meguri Official Map

Mojiko Retro Hina Matsuri

Within the Moji Port Retro District, the historical essence of Japan’s past is celebrated through the display of Hina dolls from different eras. At the former Moji Customs House, visitors can admire Hina decorations dating back to the Meiji era, encapsulating the elegance of that time. Meanwhile, the Sankiro offers a glimpse into the Showa and Taisho eras with its collection of Hina dolls, each set reflecting the distinctive periods of these historical buildings. Additionally, the Sakae-machi Gintengai and other areas within the Retro District further enrich the festive atmosphere with their own displays of Hina dolls, inviting visitors to explore and appreciate the rich cultural tapestry of Moji.

Mojiko Retro Hina Matsuri, 門司港レトロひな祭り

• 2/3 (Sat.) ~ 3/3 (Sun.)
• Free entry
Sankiro (Closed: Mon.), Old Moji Customs, Sakae-machi Gintengai and more

Iizuka Hina Matsuri

Iizuka City, once a bustling post station and later thriving as a coal mining center from the Meiji period, is steeped in rich history. The city celebrates its heritage by showcasing intricately designed Hina dolls at ten locations across the area. The main venue is the former residence of coal magnate Ito Denemon, a designated Important Cultural Property of Japan.

In this historic residence, a 20-tatami mat room is adorned with Japan’s largest display of Zashiki Hina dolls, offering a glimpse into the grandeur of the past. This year’s theme, “The Graceful Glow of The Tale of Heian,” captures the essence of the Heian period. The display brings to life the elegance of Heian-era nobility and palaces through the delicate artistry of Hina dolls.

24th Iizuka Hina Matsuri, 第24回いいづか雛のまつり

24th Iizuka Hina Matsuri, 第24回いいづか雛のまつり

• 2/3 (Sat.) ~ 3/22 (Fri.) *Times vary by venue. Check the official web page.
• Old Residence of Ito Denemon, Iizuka City Historical Museum, and more
Iizuka City, Fukuoka (Hina Matsuri Official Map)

Saga Prefecture

Saga Joka Hina Matsuri

In the town of Saga, several venues are showing off hina dolls that date all the way back to the Meiji Period. View dolls wearing costumes made from Saga nishiki (a form of brocading technique from Saga Prefecture) and dolls wearing costumes bearing the Nabeshima family’s signature pattern, Nabeshima komon. In the town, the road Nagasaki Kaido gained the nickname “Sugar Road” because it was used to transport sugar throughout the country; this led to many confectioners setting up shop along the road. On Sat., Sun., and holidays during the period, a bus service is available every 20 min. (¥180 for adults).

Saga Joka Hina Matsuri, 佐賀城下ひなまつり

Saga Joka Hina Matsuri, 佐賀城下ひなまつり

• 2/10 (Sat.) ~ 3/20 (Wed.,hol.)
• 10:00~17:00 (last entry 16:30)
• Some venues charge entry fees (The Museum Chokokan ¥500, Saga City Cultural Museum ¥400), free for JHS and under
Saga City Cultural Museum, The Museum Chokokan and more

Arita Hina no Yakimono Matsuri

The phrase “porcelain-like skin” is a universally esteemed compliment, particularly resonant in Arita, a town celebrated for its ceramic artistry. During its Dolls Festival, Arita showcases Hina dolls that epitomize this ideal, crafted from the town’s renowned Arita porcelain. These dolls are distinguished by their radiant surfaces and intricately applied designs. The festival’s centerpiece is the world’s largest display of porcelain seated Hina dolls, a magnificent assembly that took three years to complete. Additionally, visitors can marvel at the dolls from Arita’s prestigious kilns, such as Kakiemon and Koransha, and those produced by the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in Germany, highlighting the international bonds of craftsmanship. These porcelain Hina dolls are on display across various kilns, galleries, and shops throughout Arita.

For the convenience of festival-goers, free shuttle buses run on weekends and public holidays, connecting JR Arita Station’s KILN ARITA with the Uchiyama district, where Aritakan is located, and venues showcasing Arita’s porcelain Hina dolls. The service offers two departures daily, at 11:30 and 13:30, with tickets available 30 minutes prior to departure from KILN ARITA. This initiative ensures that visitors can fully engage with the beauty and tradition of Arita’s Dolls Festival, offering a seamless journey through the town’s ceramic heritage.

Arita Hina no Yakimono Festival, 有田雛(ひいな)のやきものまつり

Arita Hina no Yakimono Festival, 有田雛(ひいな)のやきものまつり

• 2/4 (Sun.) ~ 3/10 (Sun.)
• Free entry
Various places in Arita Town, Arita Kan, Arita Será and more (Official Map)

Oita Prefecture

Kitsuki Castle Town Walk and Doll Tour

Kitsuki, a picturesque castle town steeped in Edo period ambiance, is celebrated for its distinctive “sandwich” urban structure, with samurai residences perched atop the northern and southern hills and merchants’ homes nestled within the valley. This architectural harmony sets the stage for the town-wide display of diverse Hina dolls in over 30 venues, including historic samurai and merchant dwellings. A unique cultural incentive encourages visitors to don traditional Japanese attire by offering free admission to public cultural and tourism facilities. Furthermore, with kimono rental services readily available (provided by Warakuan), many guests seize the opportunity to stroll through Kitsuki in traditional dress, deeply engaging with the town’s rich heritage and historical beauty.

Kitsuki Castle Town Walk and Doll Tour, 城下町杵築散策とひいなめぐり

• 2/10 (Sat.) ~ 3/10 (Sun.)
• Free entry (some venues charge entry fees)
• Kitsuki Castle Town area, Oita (Official Google Map)

Tenryo Hita Ohina Matsuri

During the Edo period, Hita was one of first towns in Kyushu to flourish, and this is reflected in the luxurious Edo-period hina dolls still being displayed today. Most of the venues are located in the Mameda-machi and Kuma-machi areas, and a must-see spot is Kusano Honke (a nationally designated Important Cultural Property). Look out for the elegant okiage! On Mar. 3 (Sun.) between 10:00 and 14:00, take part in Mameda Nagashibina at Keirinso Park: write a wish on a kamibina (paper doll) and send it down the river to purify yourself.

Tenryo Hita Ohina Matsuri, 天領日田おひなまつり


• 2/15 (Thu.) ~ 3/31 (Sun.) *venues vary by date
• Free entry (some venues charge entry fees)
Mameda-machi area and Kuma area, Hita City, Oita and more

Usuki Hina Meguri

During the Tenpo Reforms (1841-43), the Usuki Domain was marked by a mandate for simplicity and thrift, permitting only the decoration of paper Hina dolls. In such a period, predecessors likely adorned their homes with these paper dolls, praying for the safe and healthy growth of their children. While the traditional techniques of their creation have been lost to time, the “Usuki Hina” dolls were reborn in spring 2006, crafted by community volunteers drawing inspiration from the standing Hina dolls, which are seen as the original form of today’s Hina dolls. Throughout the festival, these handcrafted Usuki Hina dolls are showcased across four venues, continuing the legacy of celebrating children’s well-being and growth with creativity and community spirit.

Usuki Hina Meguri, うすき雛(ひな)めぐり

Usuki Hina Meguri, うすき雛(ひな)めぐり

• 2/9 (Fri.) ~ 3/10 (Sun.)
• Free entry
Usuki Tourism and Community Plaza, Sala de Usuki, Kuge no Okura, Former Shinkoji Temple (Hina Meguri Map)

NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in February 2017.

Originally written in February 2017, updated Feb. 2024.
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Art & Culture
Seasonal Guide
Fukuoka Prefecture
Oita Prefecture
Saga Prefecture
Published: Feb 7, 2024 / Last Updated: Feb 7, 2024

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