Kokura Gion Daiko


A summer tradition in Kokura with the heroic sound of drums.

The Gion Festival has a 400-year history in Kokura, in the heart of Kitakyushu City. It was the first taiko festival to be designated a nationally important intangible folk cultural property.
The taiko festival is a parade through the streets of Kokura, with floats carrying taiko drums being pulled by drummers, who beat the drums as they walk along. The drummers beat the drum and gongs to the accompaniment of shouts, creating a summer tradition in Kokura. The double-sided drumming and walking technique, which is rare in Japan, is a must-see.
The highlight of the festival is the performance contest held in Otemon-mae Square. Every year, more than 100 teams of adult and youth drummers participate in this serious competition, in which the drummers compete with each other in their batting, footwork and enthusiasm, which they have practised for this occasion. The 'Omotenashi Taiko' event allows visitors to touch and actually beat the taiko drums, so please come and try it for yourself.

*In 2022, the 'Competition' will be cancelled and the 'Taiko Sohmi', a competition of skills, will be held for the first time.

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 803-0813 福岡県北九州市小倉北区城内2-1小倉城周辺
Address Kokura Kita-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture Kokura Castle Ote-mon square, etc.
Telephone Number 093-562-3341(小倉祇園太鼓保存振興会(平日11:00〜15:00))
Fax Number 093-562-3349
Event Days Held annually for three days before and after the third Saturday of July, including
Friday 15 - Sunday 17 July 2022
Car Park None.
Access 15-minute walk from Kokura Station on the JR Kagoshima Main Line, or 10-minute walk from Nishi-Kokura Station.
5 mins from Otemachi Ramp on the Kitakyushu Urban Expressway.
Website http://kokuragiondaiko.jp/#

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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