Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival

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Kushida Shrine’s immensely popular summer festival is famous for its magnificent Yamakasa floats. It is held every year during the first half of July and features an incredible race on the morning of July 15. The highlight of this event is the procession of people carrying the Yamakasa and running them through the town. Almost one million spectators gather to watch this classic annual festival, which is believed to be over 770 years old and was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan in 1979.

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Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival

1-41 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 812-0026, Japan