Ball-catching Festival. Two groups of farmers and fishermen struggle to catch a sacred wooden ball, which is believed to bring a good harvest or a big catch to the winning team for the year.
Schedule & key events:
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: Hakozaki-gu Shrine, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Hakata Sta. From there, take (1) JR Kagoshima Honsen Line to Hakozaki Sta., and then walk 8 min. (2) Kuko Subway Line to Nakasukawabata Sta., and change to Hakozaki Subway Line to Hakozakigu-mae Sta., and then walk 3 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.