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. The 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, 2018
From 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
|Location||Nakatajima Takoage Kaijo: Nakatajima-cho, 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/ Hamanako 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 Mar 30, 2018
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