Kyushu

Best 7 Festivals & Events in Kyushu, July, 2018

There are many delicious dishes, sightseeing spots in Kyushu. Hakata, Nagasaki, Kagoshima…these places are popular as sightseeing for tourists from all over Japan and the world. This time we’ll show you events of food, art, traditional Japanese festival in July. Let’s enjoy sightseeing and events which can make your trip to Kyushu more fun and exciting.

Food events

1. Mojikō Beer Festa2018

Friday, July.20 / Saturday. July, 21/ Sunday. July.22.2018

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source: twitfukuoka

In 1995, this yearly festival started as “1st Retro night in summer” and the theme was “Sapporo Beer, Don’t run away!” This event will be held for the 24th time this year. Since last year, title of the event has changed. The content also more like a beer garden, so that it became an event that more people can enjoy. You can enjoy draft beer from Czech Republic that first appeared in Kitakyushu, Belgian beer, Japanese craft beer, sake breweries from Yamaguchi prefecture. You also can enjoy delicious dishes such as sea food, meat from Moji. During three days of this event, you can also enjoy various stages. Flamenco, DJ, traditional music of Ecuador in South America or bicycle performance. Have fun events with beer and food!

Schedule

Friday July, 20.2018 – Sunday, July 22.2018
12:00~21:00

July 20 17:00 - 21:00
July 21 / 22 12:00 - 21:00

Access & address

・Place
Mojikō Retro Chūō hiroba

・Nearest station and travel time from the station
Mojikō Station 5-minute walk

・Travel time from the terminal station of the city
From Kokura Station about15 minutes by train and walk

・Address : 1-12 Higashiminatomachi, Moji-ku, Kitakyusyu, Fukuoka
・Map

Admission & reservation

Admission free

Food and beverage are charged

No reservation required

Official website

http://beer.mojikonavi.com/

Contemporary art event

2. Tea Ceremony fascination of art and design

Marcel Wanders, Reiko Sudo, Mai Miyake
Friday.June.15 – Sunday, July.22.2018

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Oita Prefectural Art Museum is a museum located in Oita city their concepts are
through various perspectives & senses, visitors can enjoy with five senses and be able to receive new discoveries and stimuli through exhibitions organized on the theme of Oita and the world, classics and contemporary art, music and more. They have many collection of bamboo crafts, Nanga (Japanese painting) based on climate or the works of local artists. During this exhibition, you’ll see the works of popular designer/artist, Marcel Wanders, Reiko Sudo, and Mai Miyake. These three famous designer/artist create modern tea ceremony. Romantic design products, video projection, new sense of carp streamer. You can enjoy a number of unexpected tricks. Let's go to the world of surprises and dreams that stimulate sensitivity.

Schedule

Friday.June.15 – Sunday, July.22.2018
  10:00 - 19:00
Friday and Saturday - 20:00
(admission until 30 minutes before closing time)

Access & address

・Place
Oita Prefectural Art Museum
・Nearest station and travel time from the station
Ōita Station about 15-minute walk

・Travel time from the terminal station of the city
From Kokura Station about1hour and 45minutes by train

・Address 2-1 Kotobuki-machi, Oita-shi
・Map

Admission & reservation

Adults: 1,000yen / College students and high school students: 500yen
Junior high school students and younger: free of charge

No reservation required

Official website

http://www.opam.jp/exhibitions/detail/328

Traditional festival

3. Hita Gion festival

Saturday. July. 21 – Sunday. July.22.2018

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Hita Gion festival is a Hita's summer traditional event lasting about 300 years. This festival is held in Mameda area, Kuma/Takeda area of Hita city. Along with the sound of Gion music accompaniment, gorgeous festival cars go around the areas. This festival is familiar to local people as an event to exhale plague and damage from wind / flood and pray for relief. In 2016, this festival was registered as one of the 33 Yama, Hoko and Yatai float festivals ,UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. There is a “Hita Gion Yamaboko kaikan” in Hita-shi, Kuma. You can see as a permanent exhibition six Gion Yamaboko (festival cars) from Kuma/Takeda area, decoration of the festival or festival materials. Besides there are also books / antiques which you can learn about history of Kuma-machi and hina dolls or warrior dolls that have been passed down from generation to generation in a wealthy merchant. When you visit here, it will be more fun to see the festival.

Schedule

Saturday. July. 21 – Sunday. July.22.2018

Access & address

・Place
Hita-shi   Mameda area, Kuma/Takeda area

・Nearest station and travel time from the station
Hita Station 15-minute walk

・Travel time from the terminal station of the city
From Kokura Station about 3 hours and 20 minutes by train and walk

・Address Hita-shi, Ōita
・Map

Admission & reservation

Admission free

No reservation required

Official website

https://www.oidehita.com/

4.summer festival(Summer prayer gala festival)

Tuesday, July. 17.2018

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source:loconavi

Nyoirinji Temple, known as “Kaerudera (Frog Temple)”. Chief priest has been brought a frog made of jade from China. That was the beginning and now there are about 5,000 frogs. It is said that frog is modest, always jumping forward and achieving the purpose.
So that in China, it was regarded as a messenger of the hermit. At this temple, the summer festival to be held every year on July 17. Many kinds of events such as acting, dancing and drumming are held to excite the festival. Near this temple, there is a Shiroyama Park. This park is located at the foot of Hanatateyama Mountain. When the season comes, 400 azaleas are in full bloom and show a splendid scenery. Every year many tourists visit here to enjoy watching waterfowl playing on the waterside and nice season.

Schedule

Tuesday, July. 17.2018
10:00

Access & address

・Place
Nyoirinji Temple, known as Kaerudera (Frog Temple)

・Nearest station and travel time from the station
Mitsusawa Station about10-minute walk

・Travel time from the terminal station of the city
From Hakata Station about 1 hour by train & walk

・Address  1729 Yokoguma, Ogori City
・Map

Admission & reservation

Admission free

No reservation required

Official website

http://kanko.ogori.net/index.php?cID=104

5.Aratate jinja shrine summer festival

Sunday, July .29. 2018

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source: discover-miyazaki

Aratate jinja shrine is located Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusukigun, Miyazaki. The gods Sarutahiko-no-kami and Ame-no-Uzume-no-mikoto that are written on Japanese mythology are enshrined. It is said that there are benefits such as couple dissatisfaction and marriage. There is a “Shichifukutokujyu-bangi” in the shrine ground. They say that a wish will come true if you strike this “ Bangi (wooden board) “seven times strongly. There are also other “bangi (wooden boards)” such as “Mirai-bangi” and more other places in the ground of Aratate shrine. While walking around the precincts, hit bangi seven times at Iyashi-no-yashiro, Deai-no-yashiro, Kizuna-no-yashiro. You’ll be happy.
Aratate jinja shrine summer festival is held at this shrine. The ceremony begins at 10:00A.M. This shrine will be crowded throughout the day such as Kagura (Shinto theatrical dance) dedication, children’s mikoshi(portable shrine). Let’s visit and get benefit of happiness!

Schedule

Friday, July .29. 2018
9:00 - 15:00

Access & address

・Place
Aratate jinja shrine

・Nearest station and travel time from the station
Takachiho Bus Center (Terminal) about 10-minute walk

・Travel time from the terminal station of the city
From Miyazaki Airport about 2.5 hours by train & walk

・Address Mitai, Takachiho-cho, Nishiusukigun,Miyazaki
・Map

Admission & reservation

Admission free

No reservation required

Official website

http://takachiho-kanko.info/event/detail.php?yr=2016&mt=7&log=1464153744

6. Omuta Daijayama Festival

July.14 – August.11.2018

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Traditional event Daiiayama Festival in Omuta is held every year. This year will be 57th. Begin with Minato festival, then Taishocho festival open space events and ends with fireworks. Let’s enjoy bustling and funny festival. There are also many sightseeing spots in Omuta. Miike coal mine Miyanohara pit is one of the cultural properties, “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining”. It located from the nearest bus stop “Hayagane meganebashi” 10-minute walk. We also recommend you to visit Omuta city zoo. It is the only zoo in the Chikugo district that keeps their animals in a green more open environment. There is a popular white tiger which you can see rare in Japan. Let’s enjoy festival and other sightseeing spots.

Schedule

July.14 – August.11.2018

・Minato festival : Saturday,July,14 , Sunday July.15 & Holiday/Monday July 16
・Promotion events: Saturday. July.14, Sunday. July. 15
※Plan ・Worship Gionrokuzan-miikefutayama祇園六山三池二山参拝 Sunday,July.22
・Cultural hall events : Thursday, July.26 , Friday.July.27
・Taishocho festival open space events : Saturday July.28 , Sunday.July29
・Fireworks Holiday / Saturday : August.11

Access & address

・Place
Taishocho festival open space, others

・Nearest station and travel time from the station
Omuta Station 5-minute walk

・Travel time from the terminal station of the city
From Hakata Station about1 and a half minutes.

・Address Taishocho Street Omuta-shi, Fukuoka
・Map

Admission & reservation

Admission free

No reservation required

Official website

http://www.city.omuta.lg.jp/kankou/hpKiji/pub/detail.aspx?c_id=5&id=5721&class_set_id=3&class_id=466

7. Hakata Gion Yamakasa

July.1 – July 15.2018
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source: hakata-yamakasa.net

Kushida-jinja shrine is an old shrine called Hakata's general guardian. Annual events such as Hakata Dontaku, Hakata Gion Yamakasa, Hakata okunchi are held mainly at this shrine. Hakata Gion Yamakasa is a large festival at Kushida-jinja shrine with a history of more than 770 years. This festival begins with events Kazari Yamakasa (the floats) and Kaki Yamakasa decorate various places in Fukuoka City and praying for no accident. The highlights are ”Oiyama narashi (practice runs)” , “Shūdan yamamise”. At the “Shūdan yamamise”, Yamakasa enter the center of Fukuoka city away from Hakata district. On the last day of this festival is “Oiyamakasa” The men in Shimekomi (the traditional Japanese festival clothing) carry Yamakasa, run through the city of Hakata, this part is the climax of the festival. In 2016, this festival was registered as one of the 33 Yama, Hoko and Yatai float festivals, UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Let’s watch the traditional festival.

Schedule

July.1 – July 15.2018

Access & address

・Place
Mostly based in Hakata Kushida-jinja shrine
・Nearest station and travel time from the station
Gion Station 5-minute walk

・Travel time from the terminal station of the city
From Hakata Station about 7 minutes by train & walk

・Address  1-41 Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
・Map

Admission & reservation

Admission free

No reservation required

Official website

http://www.hakatayamakasa.com/

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