Project Description

Hakata merchants first created this festival, based on a traditional celebration called Hakata Matsubayashi, the origin of which dates back 830 years. The word “dontaku” comes from the Dutch word “zontag,” meaning holiday. Many local people join this festival on the 3rd and 4th of May. The main feature is the Dontaku parade, which stretches for 1,230 meters along Meiji Street, from Gofuku-machi to Tenjin. There are also 30 or more stages set up for performances around the city during the festival period, bringing a festival feeling to the entire city. – Text: Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau