Tako Matsuri is the Giant's Kite Festival city of Hamamatsu, held annually on 3, 4 and 5 in Nakatajima, near Enshuhama beach, the Kite Festival is organized jointly with Hamamatsu Matsuri (downtown streets) and attracts about 1,5 million people.
The Hamamatsu festival has the meaning of celebrating the birth of the firstborn (the first male child). Legend has it that in the 16th century the ruler of Hamamatsu flew a kite to commemorate the birth of his first child. To this day the tradition continues, first the smallest kites (Hatsudako) fly in honor of the newborns. After that begins the battle between more than 173 kites, each with the symbol of the neighborhoods of Hamamatsu City.
The kites are also known by Machijirushi (町 印) because they carry in the body the symbol of the neighborhood it represents. In Hamamatsu are 173 kites, each representing your district, neighborhood, village or community.
Date: 3, 4 and 5 days of May (annually)
Open Hours: From 10: 00 to 15: 00.
Parade in the city center of the floats (Goten Yatai Floats): From 18: 30 to 21: 00.
Kite Festival (Tako-age Gassen): Shizuoka-ken Hamamtsu-shi Minami-ku Shirowacho 2832