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Fukuoka: Tobata Gion Oyamagasa

Festival of the shrines, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, and registered as the Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It features a parade of Yamagasa (huge magnificence eight floats each shaped like a pyramid decorated with hundreds of lighted lanterns) carried by townspeople through the city daily during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● July 27
6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. All the Yamagasa gathering in front of Tobata Ward Office

Location: Tobihata Hachiman-gu Shrine, Sugawara-jinja Shrine, Nakabaru Hachiman-gu Shrine,, Tobata, Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka

Tobata Ward Office : JR Kagoshima Honsen Line to Tobata Sta., and then walk 20 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.