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If the spirit of old Hakata resides anywhere, its must surely be within the walls of this famous landmark. Founded in 757 and long associated with the traders and merchants of the Hakata area, the shrine hosts important local festivals throughout the year, including Hakata Setsubun, Hakata Dontaku, Gion Yamakasa, and Hakata Okunchi. There is also a small museum inside the shrine's main precinct that details the history and culture of the Hakata area. English-language information is available from the shrine office.