Festivals & Events in Kyushu
Tamaseseri / wooden ball catching festival Fukuoka, January
New Year’s Festival held in January, at Hakozaki Shrine
Nagasaki Lantern Festival Nagasaki, Chanese new year
|An annual festival in Nagasaki held on Chinese new year.
The festival has been started to celebrate a new year by
Chinese who lived in Nagasaki, and it became the Nagasaki’s
festival since 1994. More than 10 thousand lanterns are
decorated at China town during the festival. more …
Yanagawa Sagemon Festival Yanagawa, February through April
The festival is held from February 11 through April 3 in
Kyokusui-no-en Dazaifu, March
|The festival is held at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine on first
Sunday of March, a purification ceremony on a winding
stream, is performed by ladies and gentlemen in a ceremonial
court robe under the plum blossoms in full-bloom.
Hakata Dontaku Festival Fukuoka, May
The name Dontaku is a corruption of the Dutch word Zontag,
Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival Fukuoka, June
The most exciting summer festival in Japa, takes place from
There are two kinds of festival floats called Yamagasa.
One is Kazari-yamagasa with 15 meters high, a gorgeously decorated festival float which is decked with elaborate dolls and castles. more …
Kokura Gion Daiko Festival Kitakyushu, June
|The festivals held in july around Kokura Castle, in which the
main attraction is the playing the drums. The highlights of the
Festival which you should not miss are the Taiko Performing
Contest held at Kokura Castle on July 15th, and the Taiko
Performing Parade held on July 16th. more …
Tobata Gion Yamagasa Kitakyushu, June
Float Festivals including Tobata Gion Yamagasa inscribed on UNESCO Intangible Heritage List in 2016. The festival has a lot of energy and is very dynamic as is
the case with festivals such as the Hakata Gion Yamagasa，with young men
Wasshoi Million Summer Fastival Kitakyushu, August
|The Festival is one of the festivals representing Kyushu
and started in 1988 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of th
formation of the city and has more than one and half million
spectators every year. It is held in Kokura on the 1st Saturday
and Sunday in August. more…
Hojoya Fukuoka, September
One of Hakata’s three main festivals, held in September at the
Join the cheerful crowd in colorful yukata and experience a rare,
Nagasaki Kunchi Nagasaki, October
|It is one of big-three festival in Japan, held on October 7 to 9
at Suwa Shrine. The festival features Chinese dance including
Ja-odori, this time dancing all around the city but especially at
Suwa Shrine. The whole of Nagasaki Kunchi dance was
designated on Important Intangible Cultural Asset. more …
Sumo Tournament Fukuoka, Nobember
Sumo is a Japanese traditional martial art.
Osaka and Fukuoka. Fukuoka Tournament is held at Fukuoka International
Chrysanthemum exhibition Throughout Kyushu, mid October to mid Nobember
|The chrysanthemum has been a familiar flower to Japanese
as the symbol of the Imperial Family and a symbol of longevity
The Chrysanthemum exhibition is held annually in autumn
from mid October to mid November in many shrines, temples
and gardens throughout Japan. more …
Hakata Ramen at Yatai
Food stalls “Yatai” is one thing to enjoy in Fukuoka.
Despite a decline in recent year, there are said to be more than 160.
When you order, you can specify noodle texture, such as yawa, meaning “soft”, or bari-kata, meaning
The thin noodles takes moments to cook, so you can just order an additional noodle serving,
but don’t drink too much soup before ordering more noodles. Besides ramen stalls, there are
gyoza dumpling stall, Western-style bar stalls and more. It’s hard to pick out just one.
The stalls have a unique and strange appeal. Eating in such cozy spaces with others creates
a friendly feel of community.
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Traditional Japanese cuisine (日本料理)
at the local area
are lots of distinctive cuisine in each region.
The traditional cuisine of Japan is based on steamed rice, soy bean soup and
other dishes; there is an emphasis on seasonal ingredients.
Side dishes often consist of fish, pickled vegetables, and vegetables cooked
in broth. Seafood is common, often grilled, but also served raw as sashimi or in
sushi. Seafood and vegetables are also deep-fried, as tempura.
Apart from rice, staples include noodles, such as udon and soba.
●Set menu of pike conger, can be eaten at Nakatsu area
Cherry blossoms (桜）
●Japanese like Cherry blossoms very much. Why?
Another reason is Japanese aesthetic sensibility that attaches a high value to ephemeral
Fugu, blow fish (河豚）
with condiments and ponzu.
vegetable in stock.
Yobuko Squid （呼子のイカ）
still-living seafood is served.
Vermilion-lacquered cups full of sake are set afloat down the stream.
to an attendant.
The ceremony has its origin in a historical fact that Ono-no-Yoshifuru, an elder brother of a
noted-calligrapher Ono-no-Tofu, held a ceremony to appease the soul of Michizane Sugawara and
to beguile tedious hours in a rural life.
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Excursion & Activities
We offer many activities and fun things to do in Kyushu.
Yanagawa Canal boat cruise is to board a small boat called the Donkobune and slowly go down the river skillfully maneuvered by a boatman with bamboo pole.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the streets and houses which still retain some remnants of castle town. more …
Foot bath is called Ashiyu in Japanese and is a public bath in which people can bath their feet. Ashiyu in Beppu set up at Kannawa Onsen. You can easily enjoy
it without having to remove all your clothing, only the feet and leg up to the knee
are immersed. more …
In the harvest time, the northern Kyushu boasts many area with beautiful
The fruit production in Fukuoka is primarily concentrated in the southern
The most exciting experience in Beppu is Jigoku Meguri or (Burning Hell) tour.
often with unusual result. more …
There are a lot of Sake brewery in Kyushu where you can visit.
Sake is an alcoholic beverage brewed from rice, koji mold and yeast. more …
Michino Eki means Road Station in Japan.
it provodes places for travelers to rest, they are intended to promote local
tourism and trade.
The world’s most dynamic, magnificent and spectacular Let’s enjoy the breathtaking scenery that you have never seen before. more …
Time to enjoy dressing in Kimono, tea ceremony experience, and Rickshaw
riding experience Kokura Castle Garden and Kokura Castle. You can also take
beautiful photographs in this location to provide you with wonderful
memories and recollection of your visit to Kokura. more …
There are a lot of Sake brewery where you can visit in Kyushu.
to its fermentation processes.
Sake produced in Japan is divided mainly into four categories, depending on
the degree of rice milling.
They are, Honjouzou-shu (sake with at least 30% of rice polished away and a
little alcohol added), Junmai-shu (pure sake with no milling rate specified),
Ginjou-shu (quality sake with at least 40% rice polished away), Daiginjou-shu
(top-quality sake with at least 50% of rice polished away).
In general, the more polished the rice grain is, the higher the grade of sake become.
There are three important factors in sake brewing, quality rice, quality water,
and master brewer’s expertise.
make quality sake such as Ginjou-shu.
The second most important factor in sake brewing is quality of water, so sake
breweries have been traditionally built where underground water is available.
Since Japan is a mountainous and rainy country blessed with high quality water,
sake brewing has been developed in many part of Japan including Kyushu.
discriminating taste to control the complicated process of sake brewing.
Therefore, they try their best to prepare the best possible rice malt, which is crucial
for sake brewing.
Indeed, sake brewer’s techniques give distinctive flavors to different type of sake.
There is a tasting corner, Let’s sample sake.