Karatsu Kunchi Nighttime Parade

An evening part of the famous festival

By Ekaterina Bespyatova    - 1 min read

Karatsu Kunchi, a crowd-drawing festival taking place in the city of Karatsu at the beginning of November, is famous for its huge colorful floats in the shape of various creatures, objects and characters, being pulled through city streets by cheerful locals. The festival spans 3 days, and while the most popular activities happen in the daytime (such as the ceremony of Otabisho Shinko at Nishinohama, a downtown beach), there is also a nighttime parade, where the same colorful floats are pulled through the same streets, but dressed with lanterns—which makes them look even more magical.

After dark the atmosphere is different—more intimate, although the music and cheering never stops. It’s fun to watch the floats squeeze through narrow streets and make sharp turns on the corners. Try to check the parade map beforehand and find yourself a good spot where they make a turn—then you’ll see all the best parts from up close.

Getting there

The parade takes place within a short walking distance from Karatsu Station. Check the official parade map, or just follow the crowds when you arrive.

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Ekaterina Bespyatova

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My name is Ekaterina and I enjoy looking at the world through my camera’s viewfinder. I travel a lot and capture what I find beautiful – in nature, culture, people. Japan is a place I have a special connection with – I’ve spent 7 years living in Tokyo and I’ve travelled across the country extensively, often to remote and less known locations. I have a large collection of photos from years of my Japan travels that I hope to eventually put online. And that collection constantly grows, because I always go back – there’s so much yet to discover. ​Check out my travel blog Amenohi Travels to see more. ​*** ​Здравствуйте, меня зовут Екатерина, и я люблю смотреть на мир через объектив фотоаппарата. Я много путешествую и снимаю то, что мне кажется красивым - природу, людей, созданное людьми. ​С Японией у меня давняя и глубокая связь. Я прожила 7 лет в Токио, объездила всю страну из конца в конец и регулярно возвращаюсь за новыми впечатлениями. За годы путешествий по Японии у меня скопилась большая коллекция фотографий, которые я планирую постепенно сделать доступными онлайн. Своими впечатлениями от поездок я делюсь здесь - а также на страницах своего сайта Amenohi Travels.