Things to do / Traditional festivals

Fukuoka: Shogatsu Taisai (Toka Ebisu)

First celebration of Ebisu, the god of wealth. The shrine is thronged with crowds of people who come to pray for prosperity during the festival period. The festival features kachimairi, a procession of geisha in colorful kimono.

Schedule & key events:
● Jan. 9 from 3 p.m.: Kachimairi in the shrine precincts

Location: Toka Ebisu-jinja Shrine, Fukuoka, Fukuoka

JR Sanyo Shinkansen Line to Hakata Sta. From there, take JR Kagoshima Honsen Line to Yoshizuka Sta., and then walk 5 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.