Hakozaki Shrine founded in 923, is one of the three great Hachiman shrines in Japan
along with the Usa Shrine.
It is one of the representive shrines of Fukuoka-city and the place where many people come to
hatsumode or to worship at the beginning of the year and during festivals such as Tamaseseri
in January and Hojoya in September.
New Year’s Festival held in January, including a traditional form of fortune-telling. Several hundred men
wearing lion cloths compete on piggy back in two teams, the “sea” team and the “land” team team,
for possession of a wooden ball.