Kayu Uranai Kainamesai is held every 14th Feburuary at Iimori Shrine where is located in Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Some special shrine parishioners called “Kayumoto” who are appointed by a priest gather at the shrine in the night. Kayumotos get clean their body and change the special clothes.

 

 

The priest and the Kayumotos toast sacred sake with abalone shell as a cup after the offerings. This traditional event at Iimori Shrine has been done for a long time.

 

Access to Fukuoka city

Arriving by airplane:
Approximately 2hrs from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport. About 6 mins from the airport to Hakata Station by Fukuoka City Subway.

Arriving by train:
Approximately 5 hrs from Tokyo station to Hakata station by bullet train.

 

What kind of festival is Kayu Uranai Kainamesai?

This traditional festival was designated as Prefectural Intangible Cultural Property in Fukuoka. In the morning, the offerings are prepared and each group of 2 Kayumotos take turns and cook rice porridge for 3 hours. Next morning, taking out the cold porridge from the pot and divide in 3 gold bowls at worship hall. They put the gold bowls in 3 cypress wooden boxes “Wase”, “Nakate”, and “Okute” and the priest and Kayumotos place them on the main hall to close the event for this day.

After a half month, the 1st of March, Kayumotos gather at Shrine again to do an event called “Kayubiraki (Opening Porridge)”. The porridge is moldy, dried and cracked. Kayumotos read fortunes of Kestuki, Minori, Mizu, Kaze and Mushi from the condition of the porridge. Then Kayumoto tells fortunes for the year and the way of fortune telling is only Kayumotos know.

 

The largest city of Kyushu Region, Hakata!

In Hakata, the largest city of Kyushu Region, there are countlessly many sightseeing and fun places. Since it’s a big city, Hakata is always busy with both locals and visitors who enjoy shopping and eating.

If you would like to enjoy shopping, Canal City is the must-go place. It’s a huge shopping mall which has restaurants, theaters, hotel and more. Tenjin area is also good to shop. There are many shops, restaurants and underground mall.

Canal City

It’s actually fun to walk around from Hakata Station to Tenjin via Nakasu area. You can stop by two of must-see shrines Suikyo Tenmangu Shrine and Kushida Shrine.

 

Kushida Shrine.

Ohhori Park is the best place to take a rest when you are tired after strolling the city. It’s the perfect place to be relaxed to stay away from the busy city.

Ohhori Park

Yatai (food stand) is absolutely must-go place to eat when visiting Hakata!

Hakata is known as one of the best foodie cities in Japan. You won’t be able to eat all the famous local food on a short trip such as fresh seafood, sushi, mizutaki(chicken hot pot), Motsu nabe (offal hot pot), dumplings, ramen and more! Yatai can’t be missed when visiting Halata. There are over 150 Yatais in the city. Every yatai has different menu like ramen, oden, motsunabe, yakitori, teppan yaki and more.

mizutaki(chicken hot pot)

Motsu nabe (offal hot pot)

dumplings

ramen

Let’s enjoy the whole city includes fun activities and foodie!

 

Fukuoka prefecture Sightseeing information
「CROSSROAD FUKUOKA」
https://www.crossroadfukuoka.jp/en/