A heroic kite-flying battle and splendid floats
Hamamatsu Matsuri, famous for its heroic kite-flying battle, in which people fly giant kites and try to block each other's lines, sees more than a million visitors every year, and is one of Japan's major festivals. One tradition holds that this festival has more than 450 years of history, and through it the tradition of flying a “hatsudako” (“first kite”) to celebrate the birth of a child has been preserved. In the daytime, a "takoage gassen", or kite-flying battle, unfolds at Nakatajima Takoage Kaijo (Nakatajima Kite-Flying Event Ground), and at night, festival-goers are enchanted by the sight of gorgeous floats being drawn through the streets downtown.
|Date||May 3rd to 5th, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
|Location||Nakatajima Takoage Kaijo: Minami Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka
Downtown festival: Naka Ward, Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka
|Phone||+81-53-458-0011 (Office of the Hamamatsu Matsuri Organizing Committee (Hamamatsu and Lake Hamana Tourism Bureau) (Japanese only)|
|Access||Nakatajima Takoage Kaijo: A 20-minute ride on the direct shuttle bus to the event ground (fare required) from "Hamamatsu Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
Downtown festival: A short walk from "Hamamatsu Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen.
updated on Apr 24, 2019
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