Nov/2 - 4 Karatsu Kunchi Festival3.9
from 11/2 '19 to 11/4 '19
Karatsu Kunchi Festival is the three-days autumn festival at Karatsu Shrine in Saga Prefecture. It is a festival celebrated for a rich harvest with a 400-years history, and is designated as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The festival features the 14 massive decorated festival floats called Hikiyama. Hikiyama stand 5-6 meters tall and weigh 2-5 tonnes, and they are impressive designs such as samurai helmets, lions, sea breams, and dragons. 14 Hikiyama are made of Japanese paper and colored red and blue with Urushi(Japanese wood lacquer), then finished up with gold leaf and silver leaf which makes it look gorgeous.
The highlight of the festival is the Otabisho Shinko on the second day, which 14 massive Hikiyama are powerfully pulled through the town and the sand along Nishinohama Beach.
Nov. 2nd 19:00 - 22:00 "Yoiyama"
The fourteen Hikiyama floats are decorated with lanterns and are paraded at night though the streets of Karatsu, creating a magical scene.
Nov. 3rd 9:30 - 16:30 "Otabisho Shinko"
The Hikiyama floats parade throughout Karatsu town toward the Otabisho Palce of the Nishinohama Beach.
Nov. 4th 10:00 - 17:30 "Machi-mawari"
The Hikiyama floats return to their exhibition posts and wait for next year.
Venue : Karatsu Shrine and surrounding area in Karatsu City
Access : about a 10 mins walk from JR Karatsu Station
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5.03 months ago
A beautiful shrine, within walking distance of the Hikiyama museum. Both very good places to visit in Karatsu.
5.0a month ago
Karatsu Shrine, located just opposite the museum. Nice and peaceful place to stop by.
3.05 months ago
Shrine itself is very much like all others, but adjacent Floats museum is very interesting
4.08 months ago
Nothing special on this shrine, but it’s the most important in the city
5.010 months ago
visited twice! the first time i visited because of yuri on ice, and the second time was karatsu kunchi. i recommend staying away during kunchi if you dislike crowds, because kunchi draws 500,000 people to karatsu and to the shrine. if you want the full kunchi experience though, you should go for it.