The Omura Flower Festival is held in Omura Park, a park known and built to display a wide range of beautiful flowers. In the park is featured the Japanese national treasure; the Omura Sakura Tree of which approximately 2,000 can be observed. The park is lit up in the evenings and many come to visit.
Miyakonojo boasts the largest production of bamboo archery bows in Japan, and every year at the end of March is home to a national archery competition. Nearly 3,000 competitors turn out to display their skill with the bow at this annual event.
In 1866, Sakamoto Ryoma and his wife embarked on what would be Japan’s very first honeymoon trip. The route on which they walked can still be walked today, and emits vibes of Roman roads, and is surrounded by wonderous nature. You can also talk to many of the locals who are friendly and always ready for a chat. It is a great way to relax and experience nature.
Shiokaze-go is a wonderful old-style train that travels through the the calm sea breezes found in the old Taisho era town, Mojiko. The trip on the train is approximately ten minutes, and is a great memory for kids and adults alike. The train starts from the Kyushu Railway History Museum.
Running dates 2017: 18th March ~ 26th September on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. 35th March ~ 6th April (Spring Holiday), 29th April ~ 7th May (Golden Week), 21st of June ~31st August (Summer Holiday)
The Rice Planting Festival is held every year on March 15th at Kanamura Shrine in order to wish for good health and a bumber crop of rice. Using both human and cow powered plows, farmwork is done, making this a unique, some would say humorous, event! Visitors become excited when the rice planting and an act takes place.
This event is performed by the Rice Planting Preservation Association and was designated an Important Cultural Asset on December 27, 1996 (Heisei 8).
A marathon event held near Tanegashima’s space centre featuring many participants from all over Japan. Participants can run full marathons, half marathons and other distances to suit their pace.
Miike Hatsuichi is a spring market which announces the arrival of the spring to Omuta. It is said to have originated from the barter trade of farming tools, rice and vegetables along Miike Kaido Road during the Edo Era (1603 - 1867). The market has a roughly 300 year history and there is a saying, “If you feel a breeze at Hatsuichi, you won’t catch a cold all year!”
The market takes place on March 1 and 2, during which time about 200 stalls selling local specialties like flower and bamboo baskets, saplings, garden trees and food line the road.
The horse drawn carriage has been running in Yufuin since 1975. The carriage can hold 10 people. The carriage tour originally started as a way to raise funds for the damage from an earthquake in the area in 1975. It costs 1,500 yen to ride.
Various types of dolls that were popular with common people and preserved in Nakatsu Castle from the mid-Edo Era to the Heisei Era are put on display around parts of the town and the castle itself.
About 100 private residences and stores around the whitewashed wall neighborhood in the Fukushima area display “Hakobina” (dolls in display cases) from the Edo and Meiji Eras (early 17th through early 20th centuries) and modern dolls, and also receive visitors. During the festival, the whole town takes on a bright atmosphere with dolls as far as the eye can see! At the opening ceremony on March 1, a parade goes through the town. Various events like a doll-making demonstration at Yame Doll Hall, tours by rickshaw, and a mermorial service for the dolls also take place! Pink paper lanterns fixed to private residences and stores indicate that dolls are displayed there.
*Tour: Hina Doll Tour
*Parade will be cancelled in case of rain
*Accessibility: Priority parking for persons with disabilities; wheelchair-accessible bathrooms; wheelchair rental; wheelchair ramp; elevator; changing table; textured paving blocks for the visually impaired; tours in sign language (Japanese) available (reservation required; volunteer signer)
SAKURA (Cherry Blossoms) Festival takes place at Ishibashi Cultural Center, which is famous for its cherry blossoms. It features about 150 illuminated cherry blossom trees and events related to cherry blossoms.
With its cityscape of white mortar walls constructed in the “dozo dzukuri”style, Yoshii Town in Ukiha City has a retro feel to it. Features of the tour of dolls held in this traditional town include the “hakobina” (dolls in display cases) and “okiage” (dolls made by covering thick paper cut into the shape of people with cotton and wrapping it all in beautiful fabric). In addition, visitors can see doll-making tools and other rare items inherited by the family of local historian and collector Kaneko Fumio at the newly construsted Kaneko Fumio Exhibition Museum. While in the area, pop into one of the many antique shops or take a tour of the city in a rickshaw (Sundays only; 500 Yen per passenger)!
This festival heralds the coming of spring to the castle town of Saga. Dolls and ornaments once owned by the Nabeshima Clan are displayed in all their intrinsic beauty. Also, the hand woven Saga Nishiki which is a traditional craft in the region are also displayed.
In Yanagawa is the tradition where families decorate the rooms of their daughters with good luck charms called ”Sagemon” to celebrate their first doll festival. ”Sagemon” are objects such rabits, cranes and treasure bags which are hung from the ceiling. The Doll Water Parade is another highlight of this festival.
The doll researcher Ms.Mamiko Senoshita is the promoter of this festival. Chikuzen Izuka Hina no Matsuri (Festival of Dolls) began in 1999 (Heisei 11). At the main venue alone there are over 1,300 dolls! In fact, there are 10,000 dolls coming from all over Iizuka City which can been seen! For the duration of the festival, visitors from inside and outside of the prefecture pour into the city! There is a different theme every year for the festival! Some past themes were the Best Tatami Doll in Japan! and the Knowledgeable Doll. Childern and adults can also experience dressing up as dolls themeselves!
The former Osaka Mercantile building built in the 6th year of the Taisho Period (1917) is an impressive and Western-style building with two floors and orange tiles that look as though they are bricks. These are mixed in with white tiles and on top is an octagonal tower which make the building very memorable. In the times of its operation, the waiting room for continental routes was always packed with people. To celebrate this time in Mojiko Retro, a 2 meter large fugu (puffer fish) lantern as well as various other lights are set up around the area.