Carp Streamers in Rural Saga

Celebrating Children's Day at Yodohime Shrine

Mid Mar
Late May
Venue: Kawakami River, Saga When: Mid Mar - Late May 2022

Just a few minutes' drive north of the Kyushu Expressway's Saga-Yamato exit, the unassuming Yodohime Shrine stands on its riverfront property. Nearby, you can see fish swimming through the air, every spring.

Running along the river near the shrine are about 300 koinobori​, or carp streamers. These popular decorations are strung across the Kase River from mid-March to late May in celebration of the Children's Day holiday on May 5th. While you can catch glimpses of the streamers from either the nearby bridge or the walking path along the water, a fun way to view the fish "swimming through the air" is to take a quick cruise under the streamers. Boats depart from 9 am - 5 pm from along the riverbank below the shrine (¥300).

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Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

Japan resident for 10+ years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo. 

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Jonathan Acabo 6 years ago
nice handy craft...
Bradford Pomeroy 6 years ago
So glad you reminded me of this. Going to try and make it out today. Beautiful pictures!
Mandy Bartok Author 6 years ago
I hope you get to make it there, Bradford!
Tristan Scholze 6 years ago
A beautiful sight!
Olga 6 years ago
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JapanTravel Guest 6 years ago
That is so cool! Amazing detail on the carp, I will have to show this to my Dad he will love it. Great photos !
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JapanTravel Guest 6 years ago
Ok thanks I will do now!