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Hakata Gion Yamakasa Kazariyama Guide 2022

Hakata Gion Yamakasa is a traditional festival in Fukuoka with a history of more than 770 years, held from July 1 to 15 every year, and the most popular early summer event.

In the past, Yamakasa floats were paraded around the city, competing with each other in terms of gorgeousness. Every year, skilled artisans make them by choosing a theme for the front, and the back, based on historical figures or subjects considered good luck. This year, 13 decorative Yamakasa floats will be displayed around the city.

Hakata Gion Yamakasa culture and festival highlights in English and Japanese
Hakata Gion Yamakasa Guide 2022
Presented by Ishimura Manseido

Kyushu Live – Kazariyama Tour/ 博多祇園山笠 飾り山笠
https://youtu.be/GFtzZvvpbPs

 

Kazariyama & Kakiyama Floats Display Locations

*Photos will be released in sequence starting July 1, 2022

The design of each kazariyama changes each year, designed and made by master Hakata doll makers. Although the floats will be demolished after the festival, you can still see some kazariyama all-year-round at Kyushu National Museum, Kawabata Zenzai Square, Kushida Shrine and Fukuoka Airport International Terminal.

Kazariyama
Float #4 Higashi Nagare
Float #5 Nakasu Nagare
Float #8 Kamikawabata-dori
Float #9 Hakata Riverain
Float #10 Tenjin 1-Chome
Float #11 Watanabe-dori 1-Chome
Float #12 Fukuoka Dome
Float #13 Hakataeki Shoten Rengokai
Float #14 Canal City Hakata
Float #15 Kawabata Chuogai
Float #16 Solaria
Float #17 Shintencho
Extra Kushida Shrine

Kakiyama
Float #1 Ebisu Nagare
Float #2 Doi Nagare
Float #3 Daikoku Nagare
Float #4 Higashi Nagare
Float #5 Nakasu Nagare
Float #6 Nishi Nagare
Float #7 Chiyo Nagare

Yamakasa Festival Map
(recommended viewing points, locations of floats, courses)

View the Yamakasa Festival Map on this larger map

Kazariyama floats

Float #4 Higashi Nagare

Location: Gofukumachi Business Center
Open: 24 hours
Access: Near Gofukumachi Subway Sta.
Official web page: Float #4 Higashi Nagare

Front and back theme: 源九郎義経伝説(Minamotono Kuro Yoshitsune Densetsu)

Front and back theme: 源九郎義経伝説(Minamotono Kuro Yoshitsune Densetsu)

Front and back theme: 源九郎義経伝説(Minamotono Kuro Yoshitsune Densetsu)

Float #5 Nakasu Nagare

Location: in front of Hotel Resol Trinity Hakata
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #5 Nakasu Nagare

Front theme: 五条牛若丸弁慶 (Gojo no Ushiwakamaru to Benkei)

Front theme: 五条牛若丸弁慶 (Gojo no Ushiwakamaru to Benkei)

Back theme: 浦島太郎噺 (Urashima Taro Banashi)

Back theme: 浦島太郎噺 (Urashima Taro Banashi)

Float #8 Kamikawabata-dori

Location: Kawabata Arcade (towards Kushida Shrine)
Open: 24 hours
Access: 3 min. on foot from Nakasu-Kawabata Subway Sta.
Official web page: Float #8 Kamikawabata-dori

Front theme: 源頼政鵺退治誉 (Minamoto no Yorimasa Nue Taiji Homare)

Front theme: 源頼政鵺退治誉 (Minamoto no Yorimasa Nue Taiji Homare)

Back theme: 出雲之阿国 (Izumo no Okuni)

Back theme: 出雲之阿国 (Izumo no Okuni)

Float #9 Hakata Riverain

Location: Hakata Riverain
Access: Near Nakasu-Kawabata Subway Sta.
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #9 Hakata Riverain

Front theme: 西国無双忠節誉 (Saigoku Musou Chusetsu no Homare)

Front theme: 婆娑羅大名道誉 (Basara Daimyo Douyo)

Back theme: 天晴桃太郎 (Appare Momotaro)

Back theme: 天晴桃太郎 (Appare Momotaro)

Float #10 Tenjin 1-Chome

Location: inside Hakata Daimaru Elle Gala Passage
Open: 24 hours
Access: 5 min. on foot from Tenjin Subway Sta.
Official web page: Float #10 Tenjin 1-Chome

Front theme: 天神縁起傳 (Tenjin Engiden)

Front theme: 天神縁起傳 (Tenjin Engiden)

Back theme: 清涼殿落雷 (Seiryo Denrakurai)

Back theme: 清涼殿落雷 (Seiryo Denrakurai)

Float #11 Watanabe-dori 1-Chome

Location: in front of Hotel New Otani Hakata
Open: 24hours
Access: 10 min. on foot from Tenjin-minami Subway Sta.
Official web page: Float #11 Watanabe-dori 1-Chome

Front theme: 新選組風雲録伝 (Shinsengumi Funrokuden)

新選組風雲録伝 (Shinsengumi Funrokuden)

Back theme: 愛と勇気のアンパンマン (Ai to Yuki no Anpanman)

愛と勇気のアンパンマン (Ai to Yuki no Anpanman)

Float #12 Fukuoka Dome

Location: Mark Is Fukuoka Momochi
Open: 24hours
Access: 15 min. on foot from Tojinmachi Subway Sta.
Official web page: Float #12 Fukuoka Dome

Front theme: 奪取 玄海鷹 (Dasshu Genkai Taka)

Front theme: 奪取 玄海鷹 (Dasshu Genkai Taka)

Back theme: 決闘巌流島 (Ketto Ganryujima)

Back theme: 決闘巌流島 (Ketto Ganryujima)

Float #13 Hakataeki Shoten Rengokai

Location: in front of JR Hakata Sta.
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #13 Hakataeki Shoten Rengokai

Front theme: いざ、鎌倉 (Iza Kamakura)

Front theme: いざ、鎌倉 (Iza Kamakura)

Back theme: 報道ワイド記者のチカラ (Hodowaido Kisha no Chikara)

報道ワイド記者のチカラ (Hodowaido Kisha no Chikara)

Float #14 Canal City Hakata

Location: Canal City Hakata B1 Sunplaza Stage
Open: 7:00~24:00
Access: 10 min. on foot from Nakasu-Kawabata or Gionmachi Subway Sta.
Official web page: Float #14 Canal City Hakata

Front theme: 弁慶衣川大奮戦 (Benkei Koromogawa Daifunsen)

Front theme: 弁慶衣川大奮戦 (Benkei Koromogawa Daifunsen)

Back theme: 浦島太郎竜宮縁 (Urashima Taro Ryugu no Enishi)

Back theme: 浦島太郎竜宮縁 (Urashima Taro Ryugu no Enishi)

Float #15 Kawabata Chuogai

Location: Kawabata Arcade (towards Nakasu-Kawabata Subway Sta.)
Open: 24 hours
Access: Near Nakasu-Kawabata Subway Sta.
Official web page: Float #15 Kawabata Chuogai

Front theme: 京牛若丸伝 (Kyo Ushiwakamaru-den)

京牛若丸伝 (Kyo Ushiwakamaru-den)

Back theme: 来年開催!世界水泳福岡 (Rainen Kaisai! Sekai Suiei Fukuoka)

来年開催!世界水泳福岡 (Rainen Kaisai! Sekai Suiei Fukuoka)

Float #16 Solaria

Location : Solaria Plaza
Open: 10:00~20:00
Access: 5 min. on foot from Tenjin Subway Sta.
Official web page: Float #16 Solaria

Front theme: 剣撃大蛇素戔嗚尊誉 (Kengeki Daija Susanoo no Mikoto no Homare)

剣撃大蛇素戔嗚尊誉 (Kengeki Daija Susanoo no Mikoto no Homare)

Back theme: 一飄風造御笠森 (Ichihyofu Mikasa no Mori wo Tsukuru)

Back theme: 一飄風造御笠森 (Ichihyofu Mikasa no Mori wo Tsukuru)

Float #17 Shintencho

Location: Shintencho Arcade
Access: 3 min. on foot from Tenjin Subway Sta.
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #17 Shintencho

Front theme: 望天下哉賤ケ岳 (Tenka Nozomuya Shizugadake)

Front theme: 望天下哉賤ケ岳 (Tenka Nozomuya Shizugadake)

Back theme: サザエさん (Sazae-san)

Back theme: サザエさん (Sazae-san)

Extra: Kushida Shrine

Location: Kushida Shrine
Open: 24 hours
Access: 7 min. on foot from Gionmachi Subway Sta.
Official web page: Extra Kushida Shrine

Front theme: 義経千本桜 (Yoshitsune Senbon Sakura)

Front theme: 義経千本桜 (Yoshitsune Senbon Sakura)

Back theme: 怪童 金太郎 (Kaido Kintaro)

Back theme: 怪童 金太郎 (Kaido Kintaro)

Kakiyama floats

Float #1 Ebisu Nagare

Location: Ebisu Shrine
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #1 Ebisu Nagare

Front theme: 我誓「博多総鎮守」(Waga Chikai Hakata Sochinju)

我誓「博多総鎮守」(Waga Chikai Hakata Sochinju)

Float #2 Doi Nagare

Location: in front of Reisen Park
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #2 Doi Nagare

Front theme: 雷電天下無双誉 (Raiden Tenka Musou no Homare)

Float #3 Daikoku Nagare

Location: 7 Tsumakoji, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #3 Daikoku Nagare

Front theme: 勇猛漢周而不比 (Yumo no Kanshu nishite Hizu)

Float #4 Higashi Nagare

Location: Gofukumachi Business Center
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #4 Higashi Nagare

Front theme: 渾是胆安宅之忍 (Subete Koretan Ataka no Nin)

渾是胆安宅之忍 (Subete Koretan Ataka no Nin)

Float #5 Nakasu Nagare

Location: 3-4 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #5 Nakasu Nagare

Front theme: 八風吹不動 (Hapu Fukedomo Dozezu)

八風吹不動 (Hapu Fukedomo Dozezu)

Float #6 Nishi Nagare

Location: 3-23 Tenyamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #6 Nishi Nagare

Front theme: 御名應稱倭建命 (Minaha Masani Yamato Takeru no Mikoto to Tataubeshi)

Float #7 Chiyo Nagare

Location: 3-34 Chiyo, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Open: 24 hours
Official web page: Float #7 Chiyo Nagare

Front theme: 双神剛一志 (Sojin Tsuyoki Kokoro ha Hitotsu)

双神剛一志 (Sojin Tsuyoki Kokoro ha Hitotsu)

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Published: Jun 29, 2022 / Last Updated: Jul 7, 2022

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