This major festival, held every year from November 2 to 4 at Karatsu-jinja Shrine, is designated both a Saga Prefectural Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property and UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. In addition to the lion dance, known as the Chomp Chomp Lion, there are hikiyama floats in the shapes of lions, sea bream, helmets and more, pulled through the streets with cries of En-ya! Yoi-sa! as the streets full with excitement. Visitors from all over are drawn, in particular to see the hikiyama parade floats pulled on and off the beach, called the sacred lodging place. Be sure not to miss the special Lion Dance! Be sure to take notice that during the Karatsu Kunchi period, most shops and facilities will be closed.
Saga Pref. Karatsushi Minamijounai 3-13
Saga Pref. Karatsushi Minamijounai 3-13 [map]
- 2019/11/2-11/4 [11/2]19:30-22:00
- Average attendance
- Street stall
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- View route from Station View route from Bus Stop View route from IC View route from Parking
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Saga Main Areas
Away from the fast-paced cities of mainland Japan, Kyushu's Saga prefecture offers quaint towns and cities known for their traditional crafts, particularly ceramics. Rich in kaolin (a type of clay), Saga became the homeland of Arita ware, a delicate, decorative porcelain that is now celebrated worldwide and can be discovered in the towns of Arita, Imari, and Karatsu.