Beppu Park Cherry Blossoms – Enjoy Sakura in the Heart of Oita
Nakatsu Hinamatsuri is a spring event in Oita prefecture, Nakatsu city. In Nakastu city, every year from the end of February to the middle of March, you can see many Hina dolls around the city. And on the first weekend of March, you have a great chance to see actual people wearing Hina dolls’ costumes around the Nakatsu castle!
Hinamatsuri（dolls festival/girls festival） is an occasion to pray for young girls’ growth and happiness. It’s also called Momo no sekku (peach festival). The day of Hinamatsuri is the 3rd of March. From the end of February to 3rd of March, families with girls display Hina dolls. It is said that Hina dolls take away the bad luck from the girls who have it.
There is a Japanese folk song for Hinamatsuri. Many people know this song, and you can know what is Hina Dolls Festival like from this song.
Akari wo tsukemasho bonbori ni
Ohana wo agemasho momo no hana
Gonin bayashi no fue taiko
Kyo wa tanoshii hinamatsuri
Let’s light the paper covered lamps
Let’s give flowers, peach flowers (to dolls)
Five (doll) musicians with flute and taiko
Today is the enjoyable Hinamatsuri
Odairisama to ohinasama
Futari narande sumashigao
Oyome ni kimashita nesama ni
Yokunita kanjo no shiroikao
The emperor and hina dolls
The two lined up with straight faces
My sister in law who, coming as a bride,
Looked like the (doll) court lady’s white face
*If you want to know more about this song, check this website out! https://www.thejapanesepage.com/audio/hina_matsuri/
Date: 2018/February/24(sat) – March/11(sun)
Place: Nakatsu castle (中津城)/Moromachi (諸町)/Fukuzawa Kyutaku (福沢旧宅)/Fukuzawa memorial center (福沢記念館)/Hinode cho shopping street (日の出町商店街)/Oe doctor museum (大江医科資料館)
Date: 2018/March/3(sat)-4(sun) 12:30-15:30
Place: Nakatsu castle
Tea ceremony experience: every Saturday and Sunday during the festival 11:00-14:00
Traditional instrument – Koto(琴) concert: March 3rd/4th/10th/11th 12:00-
If you want to have more Japanese cultural experience, there are these options at this event!
*Dates are negotiable. You should check the homepage before you go to this event. Also, you need to make a reservation for these activities. You can access the following link https://nakatsuyaba.com/?cat=87 to make a reservation.
There are some shops and restaurants open for this event on the Moromachi street. You can eat Japanese sweets, Udon, Chanpon, Yakiimo, Chirashi-sushi, Inari-sushi and more!
Oita prefecture is famous for Onsens. Don’t miss out on great hot springs when you go to this event! Here are some onsens I recommend around Nakatsu city.
There are nine outside baths near the forest. You can feel the nature and relax.
Address: Kanairo Sankotaguchi, Nakatsu, Ōita PrefectureTEL: 0979-26-8065
This onsen’s water is so smooth that it makes your skin feel silky!
Address: 1448 Honyabakeimachi, Nishitani, Nakatsu-shi, Ōita-ken TEL: 0979-53-2100
There are many more onsens in this prefecture! So, you can plan to go to this event as a part of onsen hopping trip!
Date: From the end of February to the beginning of March. The main event is usually on March 3rd
Places: Nakatsu castle・Moromachi ・Fukuzawa Kyukyo・Fukuzawa memorial centre・Hinode Cho shopping street
Address: Ōita Prefecture, Nakatsu, Ninocho, 本丸 (Nakatsu Castle)
Access: 15mins walk from Nakatsu station
If you have a plan to go to Kyushu during Hinamatsuri season, you should make a plan to pay a visit to this fantastic event! There are so many Hinamatsuri events in Japan. But there are only a few places where you can see human Hina dolls and have the experience to be Japanese. I am sure you will have a great Japanese cultural experience!
If you are in Oita prefecture not for Hinamatsuri, you can enjoy Onsens! Oita prefecture is also called Onsen prefecture. There are so many types of hot springs there. If you want to know about onsens in Oita, you can check the following article!
Would you like to avoid typical routes when you are in Japan next time? Then Oita prefecture is a perfect destination to see rural Japan, enjoy delicious local food, soak in numerous hot springs and experience the hospitality of local people at unforgettable festivals! The following article will guide you to the best activities you must try when you are in Oita Prefecture!
A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!
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For all foodies who enjoy Japanese Festivals would be nice to get acquainted with the rich choice offered by Yatai (Japanese festival food stalls). The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!