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 representative 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.