UNESCO / Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan
In cities and towns throughout Japan, float festivals are held by communities annually to
pray to the gods for peace and protection from natural disasters.
The element of Yama, Hoko and Yatai float festivals encompasses 33 representative
examples in various regions throughout Japan showcasing the diversity of local cultures.
Five Festivals in Kyushu are registered on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Tobata Gion Oyamagasa Festival
One of the most exciting summer festivals in Kyushu.
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 (festival costume) and hachimaki
(head band)， carrying the Yamagasa (festival float) and walking around the town shouting
One of 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.
Karatsu Kunchi Hikiyama Festival
Hita Gion Hikiyama Festival
Yatsushiro Myoken Festival