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The yearly Hakata-Gion-Yamakasa. The trip should be well planned so you can see all the beautiful sights the festival and Fukuoka have to offer. So here we prepared a list of items and clothing that should help make your experience as perfect as possible.
During the festivities the “vitality water” flies through the air at every second corner and spectators can often get wet as well. So carrying some water proof clothes can help a lot. However Fukuoka in July can get very hot, so you might be tempted to only use an umbrella.
However we do not recommend using an umbrella since the water can also come from multiple sides and it takes away the view from surrounding bystanders.
The Yamakasa is a festival of water and good sprits.
In addition to any rain, that might surprise you on you way through Fukuoka the “vitality water” of the festival can easily hit bystanders and damage any electrical equipment they happen to carry. This is why we would advise to either use waterproof goods of keep your electric equipment in plastic bags.
Not only for the water of the festival but also for wiping off sweat on a hot day or for lying at he beach on a relaxing day towels are a must have for your stay in Fukuoka.
It is a good idea to prepare bags with plenty of tea or water and some small snacks for the festival, since Fukuoka can get very hot in the summer and the vending machines go empty faster than usual.
Public bathrooms in the vicinity of the event are often crowded, which is why it is a good idea to go to the toilet before entering the crowd. Any convenience store, such as Seven Eleven, Lawson or Family Mart has a small toilet, also open for non customers though it is polite to buy something.
Since you will be in a crowd for a large part of the time, try to minimise the chances of pickpocketing or theft. In Japan the chances for this are usually extremely low but just to be sure we advise not to take a large amount of money with you and to keep your purse/wallet close at your person.
Also since you could be accidentally shoved by someone in the crowd and drop a mobile phone or a camera we advise keeping your camera with a strap around your neck and your mobile phones in plastic bags in your pocket or rucksack.
Preparing a map is not essential to the sightseeing, since a number of organisations and websites will be distributing the maps, with some available at the information counter of subway stations.