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Festivals & Events in Kyushu

Tamaseseri / wooden ball catching festival   Fukuoka, January

New Year’s Festival held in January, at Hakozaki Shrine
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. more

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 
Hina dolls are displayed by families with girls 
to pray for safe growth of their children, in Yanagawa, 
in addition to Hina dolls, colourful “Sagemon” are displayed.

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, 
meaning Sunday.
The festival is said to have started as a 
New Year parade of merchants going to the local lord’s 
residence to celebrate. It is held on May 3 and 4 in Hakata,

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival    Fukuoka, June

The most exciting summer festival in Japa, takes place from 
July 1 to 15 and is held at Kushida-jinja Shrine in Hakata.

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
wearing the happi  and
hachimaki,carrying the Yamagasa and 
walking around the town shouting  “yoitosa yoitosa”. more ..


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
Hakozaki Shrine, and is a celebration of all living creatures. 
The festival has a a history of over 1000 years.

Join the cheerful crowd in colorful yukata and experience a rare, 
unhurried slice of old-time festivities in Fukuoka.  more

Nagasaki Kunchi   Nagasaki, October

It is one of big-three festival in Japan, held on October 7 to 9 
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.
Professional Sumo Tournament is held six times a year, 
in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
Fukuoka Tournament is held at Fukuoka International 
Center in November.  more 

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 
and rejuvenation. 
The Chrysanthemum exhibition is held annually in autumn 
from mid October to mid November in many shrines, temples 
and gardens throughout Japan.  more

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Nita-toge Pass

At any time of the year the natural scenery of Nita-toge Pass 
in Unzen is magnificent .
Azaleas, green leaves, brilliant autumnal tints of maples and 
silver frost represent each season of the year.

The ropeway take you slowly from Nita Pass to Mt. Myoken at 
a highest of 1300 meters,
from the observation point of Mt. 
Myoken, you can get
a 360 degree panorama view which 
encompasses not only the Ariake Sea and Amakusa Island 
but the smoke the crater Mt.Aso.

Azaleas in Spring

Muhyo in Winter

Culture & more about Japan

Onsen Resort (温泉) 

There are many volcanoes around Japan especially Kyushu 
region, and therefore many Onsen resorts have been made.
Each Onsen is said to have its own healing property.
Onsen resorts or hotels either use water from an actual spring 
or they boil mineral water.

Japanese castle (日本の城) 

Castle is called Shiro in Japanese and were originally military fortifications designed to keep the enemy out.
In the Sengoku (civil war) period from 15th to 16th century, 
territorial warlords competed in building castles in 
mountainous areas across the country. more

Japanese religion (日本の宗教)

Why is Japanese religious orientation eclectic?

Japanese indigenous religion, Shinto, has no founder or written
doctrine and places a great
emphasis on ancestor and nature 
worship.  more 

Torii (鳥居)

Torii is a gate-like structure placed at key point in the path 
leading to the Shinto shrine.

It is very unique for the vermilion torii gate of
Itsukushima Shrine to stand in the sea.

Ema (絵馬)

Ema is small pentagon-shaped wooden plaque dedicate to 
Shrine and Temple. One side of the plaque usually has a 
picture of horse or the animal representing the zodiac sigh 
of that year.
On the other side, which is blank, people write 
their wishes for wide variety of things, then hang the Ema up 
the certain places in the Shrine or Temple.more

Inari Shrine (稲荷神社)

The shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice.

They can be recognized by fox statues at entrance, 
which are considered the messenger of Inari.

Kimono (着物)

Kimono is the traditional is the Japanese traditional costume. 
A material of Kimono is usually silk or cottom.
These fays, fewer people wear Kimono. There are various type
of Kimono such as Furisode for single lady, formal Kimono for 
married women and Yukata for summer. more 

What is jizo? (地蔵)

Jizo is a statue of Buddhist saint, the Bodhisattva generally 
standing by the country roadside. Jizo is considered as 
guardian deities of children who can protect children from 
demons of hell. more 

Sumo (相撲)

A Japanese traditional martial art, which is the match of two 
Sumo wrestlers in the round ring called Dohyo.
Professional Sumo Tournament is held six times a year, 
in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.

Martial art, Karate (空手)

Karate is a martial art developed in the Okinawa, Kyushu, 
and is art of self-defense that use no weapons and relies 
instead on three main techniques; arm strike, thrusts and 
kicks.  more

Peace Statue

Peace Statue stands in Nagasaki Peace Park, which was built at the 
exact site the epicenter of the atomic blast of Aug. 9, 1945, 
of fateful day and warning about the destructiveness of the 
Atomic Bomb. 

The bronze Peace Statue has one left arm extending horizontally and 
other right arm pointing to the sky.
The left arm stretching to the 
horizon symbolizes world peace, and the other right pointing skyward
indicates the threat of atomic destruction (the harm of nuclear power).
The closed eyes show the prayer for the peaceful repose of the victims 
of the Atomic Bomb.

The 9.7 meter high statue sitting on a 4 meter tall pedestal, made by 
Kitamura Seibo in 1955, is a memorial to the victims of the Atomic Bomb.

Nagasaki Peace Park (長崎平和公園)

Nagasaki Peace Park was established in 1955 near the
Ground Zero of the Atomic Bomb explosion.
Part of the 
concrete wall of the Nagasaki prison, which was located 
here prior to the bombing, can still be seen. 
At the park’s north end is the 10-metre-tall Peace Statue
The statue’s right hand points to the threat of nuclear 
weapons while the extended left hand symbolizes 
eternal peace. Every year, on August 9, the anniversary of 
the atomic bombing, a Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in 
front of the statue and the Mayor of Nagasaki delivers a peace
declaration to the World.

Must visit site in the Park

Peace Fountain

The Peace Fountain reminds us of the tragic scene 
unfolded shortly after America dropped the Atomic 
Bomb on Nagasaki at 11:02 am on Aug. 09, 1945.

Ground Zero

The plutonium atomic bomb exploded about 500m over 
the central monument at 11:02 a.m. on August 9, 1945. 
The most part of Nagasaki was destroyed, and a 
tremendous number of lives were lost. And about 70,000 
of Nagasaki’s 240,000 residents died instantly, and up 
to 60,000 were injured.  more

Ruins of Urakami Cathedral 

When you look to the right facing the Ground zero Monument 
see a section of damaged brick wall from the former Urakami 
Cathedral. The church was located about 500 m northeast of 
Ground zero, on the same site as the modern refurbished 
Urakami Cathedral.  more 

Atomic Bomb Museum

The museum replaced Nagasaki International Cultural Hall, 
where a number of artifacts related to the atomic bombing 
were exhibited. In addition to these artifacts, the museum 
exhibits a number of photograph that depict the devastation 
caused by atomic bomb showing the lead-up to this tragic day

Monument of a Child Praying for Peace

Monument of a Child Praying for Peace depicting a girl 
wearing a kimono and holding a folded paper crane.
At that time of the atomic bombing there were several 
schools in the Ground Zero areaand some 10,000 school 
children are through to have perished in the bombing.

Urakami Cathedral

The original construction, a brick Romanesque building, began 
in 1895, after a long-standing ban on Christianity was lifted. 
When completed in 1914, it was the largest Catholic church in 
East Asia.The atomic bomb dropped on August 9, 1945 
explored in Urakami, only 500m from the cathedral, which was completely destroyed. What remained of the cathedral is now 
on display in the Atomic Bomb Museum.   more

World Heritage in Kitakyushu (北九州の世界遺産)

World Heritage in Kitakyushu
 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution

Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding, and Coal Mining, are a 
grouping of historic sites that played an important part 
in the industrialization of Japan in the Bakumatsu and 
Meiji periods.
The sites were accepted at the 39th 
UNESCO World Heritage session in 2015.
The four sites of Yawata Steel Works in Kitakyushu 
area have been inscribed as Iron and Steel Industry.

In Kitakyushu
The buildings of the Imperial Steel Works, Japan at Yawata 
are the surviving components of Asia’s first successful 
integrated iron and steel works: the State-run Imperial Steel
Works opened in 1901. 
It is located in the northernmost part 
of Fukuoka Prefecture, the north end of Kyushu, 8 km south 
of Hibiki-Nada Seashore close to the continent of China.  

Their present-day setting is still a working industrial landscape 
set in the southeastern section of Yawata Works which, for 
over a century, has consistently maintained a leading role 
in the Japanese steel industry.

World Cultural Heritage sites

First Head Office of the Steel Works 
Built in 1899, ahead of production facilities.
It is an architectural fusion of Japanese and European 
design, a two story red brick building with bilateral 
symmetry and a central dome set in a Japanese 
tile roof.

Steel-framed repair workshops
Built in 1900. It was used for the fabrication and assembly of a
parts and the repair of machinery used at the Steel Works. 
It is the oldest existing steel-structured building in Japan and, 
more than 100 years later, is still a repair shop. The facility 
houses its original travelling crane and it is still in use for 
maintenance work.

Former Forge Shop
Built in 1900 using designs and steel products from the 
German steel manufacturer, the purpose of manufacturing 
forgings such as large scaled spanners, chisels, hammers 
and stands for machine mounting needed for the construction 
of the steelworks. 

Onga River Pumping Station
Built in 1910 on the east bank of the Onga River.
It served, and still serves, to deliver industrial water to 
Yawata via an 11.4 km pipeline. This supply is integral to 
the steel production process and was necessary to cope with 
the 1st phase expansion of the Imperial Steel Works.

Environmental Future City, Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu-city aiming for the World’s Environmental Capital.
Kitakyushu-city is the birthplace of Japanese modern steel industry, is now the world’s 
leading environmental future city after overcoming serious environmental pollution 
while it contributed greatly to Japan’s industrial development.
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Situated at the northern end of Kyushu Island, Kitakyushu City is one of Japan’s 
20 government-decreed cities, with a population of 969,000
(according to the estimation as of May, 2013) and has an area of approx.490㎢.

In 1963, five municipal cities were equally merged to make Kitakyushu City, 
which was a very rare case in the world as each of the cities had such different 
personalities;Moji City flourished as an international trading port, Kokura City 
had lots of historical background as a Samurai town, Wakamatsu City was a 
busy coal port, and Yahata City and Tobata City had steel industry which greatly 
contributed to the industrial modernization of Japan.


Kitakyushu City has long been called the ‘Town of Manufacturing’ as its economy 
relies on such heavy chemical industries, such as steel, chemicals, and metal 
manufacturing, which occupy a much higher percentage of its gross product 
compared with other major cities in Japan.

Ever since the international trading ports were constructed in Moji and Wakamatsu. 
Japan’s steel industry began in Yawata in 1901, and many other manufacturing industries 
have originated here in Kitakyushu City, which has made the city a major driving force of 
Japan’s industrial development and made a gateway to Asian countries and regions.

Kitakyushu City experienced serious environmental pollution in the 1960’s. However, 
it has completely overcome these issues thanks to close cooperation with the 
government, industry, and academia. By fully utilizing a wide variety of technologies, 
know-hows, human resources, acquired during this process, it is continuously engaged 
in the creation and development of environmentally-friendly new technology. 
The ‘Eco-Town Project’ is one of the fine examples of Kitakyushu’s specific commitment 
towards environmental business and development in the field of recycling and innovative 


Especially Kitakyushu has been designated as the ‘Environmental Model City’ in 2008 
as the environmental future city in 2011. And also nominated as the ‘Model City for 
Green Growth’ by the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD). 
Kitakyushu City has an incredibly important role as the world’s leading 
environmentally-friendly city.

Kuju Travel guide

Kuju, is a part of Aso-Kuju National Park and, is a beautiful 
town, with tourism, beef, strawberries, rice and mushrooms 
all being produced by local small scale farmers.
Mt. Kuju is a popular local destination for hiking and in the 
spring, there are abundant pink flowering shrubs which make 
the mountain look spectacular.

The surrounding areas have many Onsen or natural hot 
springs, and it is fun to go for a soak after a day of hiking. 
Kuju also has a Flower park, which sells lavender ice 
cream and some great restaurants, including Kawano 
Tofu Restaurant and Izumiya cafe, which has great pasta 
and black sesame ice cream.

Kokonoe Yume Otsutihasi
Japan’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge with the 
390 meter long, lovated at 777 meter above sea level.
From the bridge, visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenary
including Shinfo Waterfall, selected as one of Japan’s top 
100 waterfall, the Naruko river gorge, and exquisite foliage
during the Autumn season.

Kuju Winery
The winery established in 2002, and is located in Kuju-kogen 

Hakata Gion Yamagasa Festival (博多祇園山笠)

The most exciting summer festival in Japan  
takes place from July 1 to 15 and is held at Kushida-jinja Shrine 
in Hakata.  
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.
The other is Kakiyamakasa with 6 meters high, a simply 
decorated festival float which is made for carrying on the 
shoulders and used in the Oiyama race.

The festival features the exciting race called Oiyama 
climaxing on July 15.

Teams of men clad in short happi-coats and loincloths dash 
down the city street at full speed carrying their own one-ton 
Kakiyamakasa on their shoulders along a 5-kilometer course.

A spectacle that must be seen to be believed.

Kokura Gion Daiko (小倉祇園太鼓)

Kokura Gion Daiko is a summer festivals in which the 
main attraction is the playing the drums. In 1958 the 
event was designated as an intangible folk cultural asset 
of Fukuoka prefecture
On July 1st the Kokura Gion Taiko Uchizome-shiki (the 
ceremony to inaugurate Taiko practice sessions) is held
and from that moment,Kokura’s exciting summer begins,
with each town and company group striving to perfect its 
own Taiko performance ahead of the Festival which is 
held from Friday of the third weel in July.

A prominent feature of the festival are the dashi (decorated cart)
parades through the town,carrying two drums,one at the front 
of the cart and one at the rear,with four drummers beating the 
Taiko in time to gongs called jangara,and reciting the phrase 
Yassa Yare Yare. 

The highlights of the Festival which you should not miss are the 
Taiko Performing Contest held at Kokura Castle on July 16th; 
and the Taiko Performing Parade held at Komonji-dori street 
on Sunday of the third week in July.