Kyushu is Japan’s third largest island , and located in the southwest of the country. Primarily a mountainous region, this area is well known for its natural beauty and idyllic landscapes, active volcanoes, waterfalls, natural hot springs, white sand beaches, great outdoor activities and well preserved castles. Most people are familiar with Nagasaki which was one of the few cities open during about 200 year isolation of Japan but there are many other great places to visit; such as The bustling city of Fukuoka, which is well-known for its nightlife and many outdoor food stalls. Other areas are noted for various types of porcelain, historical events and several famous delicacies that shows Kyushu’s vibrant international culture.
One of the best ways to experience everything Kyushu has to offer is at the various local festivals steeped in rich cultural significance, great food and drinks, and original Japanese activities. Over 50 festivals are held in the Kyushu and Yamaguchi areas during the festival season from September 20th – Nov 3rd. There are several events and festivals in Fukuoka Prefecture including: the Kokura Castle Festival, the star gazing party for the HOKUTO-NO-MIZUKUMI , the Kanda Kohzaki Yamakasaka Competition, and Saga International Balloon Fiesta to name a few. Sample some of Japan’s best sake from 20 different breweries at the Yuda hot springs sake festival held in October In Yamaguchi Prefecture. Or perhaps enjoy the Haga Kimono Week where you can rent a traditional Japanese Kimono – and have your photo taken while walking in the classic cityscape. If you love traditional dancing you’ll want to try the Kagura Festival in Kumamoto or Yokagura traditional theatrical dance at the Miyazaki Mythology 7 Days . Other festivals and events are located all over Kyushu and Yamaguchi.
There are so many festivals during the festival season that it is impossible to highlight them all, but one great website to keep you updated on all the area has to offer, is Matsuri Kyushu. The site offers news and a great map with links to essential information for all the festivals in the Kyushu and Yamaguchi areas. It is intuitively organized to make your visit memorable. Kyushu has many charms such as warm climate and warm people, rich cultural heritage, history, and natural beauty. The matsuri festival season is a great way to sample these charms of Kyushu.
For more details: https://matsuri.welcomekyushu.com/