Hakata Dontaku Port Festival
Hakata Dontaku Port Festival
Hakata Dontaku Port Festival
Hakata Dontaku Port Festival
 
 
 

Hakata Dontaku Port Festival
3rd and 4th May 2017

Merchants of Hakata developed a festival called Dontaku from a traditional celebration ritual called Hakata Matsubayashi, the origin of which dates back 830 years. The word "Dontaku" comes from the Dutch word Zontag meaning holiday. The festival was first referred to as ‘Dontaku’ in the Meiji period (late 19th century) when the once-prohibited ‘matsubayashi’ was revived.

Today it is celebrated as a citizens ‘festival and many people from in and outside Fukuoka, get together on 3rd and 4th May to celebrate.

Many local citizens in various costumes, some playing the shamisen or beating drums, others clapping wooden spoons for scoping rice join this festival.

The main feature is the brisk Dontaku parade which goes 1230 meters along Meiji Street stretching from Gofuku-machi to Tenjin. There are also about 30 stages set up around the city during the festival period, bringing the feel of festival to the whole city.

Date: 3rd and 4th May
Hours: 13:00-19:00 on 3rd May / 15:00 -20:00 on 4th May
Main Venue: Meiji dori(between Gofukumachi and Tenjin)
Access: approx. 6-8 min by subway to Tenjin or Gofukumachi from Hakata

Official website:
http://www.dontaku.fukunet.or.jp/english/outlines

http://www.dontaku.fukunet.or.jp (Japanese)

Access: approx. 6-8 min by subway to Tenjin or Gofukumachi from Hakata