When: Late July Dates: 22 July - 23 July 2016 City: Nakatsu Website: Nakatsu Gion Website (Japanese), Nakatsu Tourism Website (Japanese), Oita Events (English) Description: The Nakatsu Gion festival has over 580 years of history, and features 12 Gion carts with dancers and 2 festival floats.
Nakatsu Gion (中津祇園）- Held in late July, this is the biggest festival of the year in Nakatsu. Each ward of Nakatsu has their own hand-pulled cart. Throughout the day, they'll slowly go through and visit each area of Nakatsu. During the night, the carts are then raced around the lot by Nakatsu castle.