Yatsushiro Myokensai 八代妙見祭 Kumamoto (Nov.)
Yatsushiro Myokensai is one of the Kyushu's three great matsuri. It has a history of around 380 years. The procession in which the deity is transferred features 40 attractions, including lion dances, decorative floats and a performance by a large half-turtle, half-snake creature. The parade starts in the early morning and goes to Yatsushiro Shrine. In the Edo period, it received the strong support of the Hosokawa clan of the Kumamoto Domain, and the Matsui clan of Yatsushiro Castle. Myokensai gradually became a lively matsuri, due to the spirit of the townsfolk, with an exotic atmosphere. In 2016, it was registered as UNSECO Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is a nationally designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Yatsushiro Jinja (Myokengu), Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto
Approx. 20 min. walk from JR Yatsushiro Station.
Approx. 10 min. by shuttle bus from JR Shin-Yatsushiro Station. Approx. 5 min. walk from the temporary bus stop.
From Yatsushiro interchange of the Kyushu Expressway take National Route 3 and National Route 219 for approx.10 min.
Temporary parking space is available.