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Culture / Tour Spots in Fukuoka Area

  • Marine World Uminonakamichi
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihigashiku Saitozaki 18-28
    An aquarium adjoining Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. The facility was remodeled in 2017 around the theme of Kyushu’s ocean. The dolphin and seal pools are backed by Hakata Bay, giving visitors a chance to enjoy not only a fun show but also a beautiful view. The aquarium’s popular penguins can be viewed up close both on land and in the water, making it fun for children and adults alike. A five-minute walk from Umi-no-Nakamichi Station.
  • Kyushu National Museum
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Ishizaka 4-7-2
    A national museum located in Dazaifu City commonly known as the “Kyuhaku” to locals. The museum displays numerous historically momentous articles such as an ink painting by the famed Kano Masanobu, a designated National Treasure, and the original manuscript of the ancient epic Eiga Monogatari. The museum’s rounded 160 meter by 80 meter building is large enough to fit an entire international regulation soccer field, making it best to schedule plenty of time for one’s visit. The first floor contains a hands-on space for learning about Asia for children. A 10-minute walk from Dazaifu Station.
  • Fukuoka City Museum
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    4.0
    348 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashisawaraku Momochihama 3-1-1
    This public City Museum is near both Fukuoka Tower and the Fukuoka Dome. On display are historical materials that are closely related to both Fukuoka and Hakata. The King of Na gold seal, a National Treasure of Japan, made from real gold, is continuously on display inside of a case. There are numerous masterpieces on display that were donated by the Kuroda Family, former Lords of Fukuoka Domain, including a famous spear, the Nippon-Go, and numerous legendary swords.

    Fukuoka City Museum is located near Fukuoka Tower. If you take Subway, the nearest station is Nishijin. The main attraction of this museum is “gold seal” that was given to a Japanese ruler by Chinese...

  • Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
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    4.0
    176 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Shimokawabatamachi 3-1 Riverain Center Building 7F/8F
    This is the only art museum in the world dedicated to modern and contemporary art from Asia. The museum engages in initiatives befitting the city of Fukuoka, which has long served as a point of exchange in Asia, such as workshops hosted by artists invited from throughout Asia. Events and exhibitions are held as the occasion demands; accordingly, visitors are encouraged to check the museum’s website for current information.

    The collection is small, and mostly focused on Asian art from the 1800’s to present. There isn’t much in the collection that is native to Japan, mostly other Asian countries.

  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
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    4.0
    147 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Reisenmachi 6-10
    Come learn about the good-old days of life in Hakata at this tourist attraction. The exhibition hall, Machiya Hall, and souvenir shop are all connected, and the Machiya Hall was originally built in the mid-Meiji period (late 1800s) before it was moved and reconstructed in its current location. You can also see a demonstration of how Hakata fabric was traditionally woven. Under the guidance of experienced craftsmen, you can try your hand at painting ceramics (fee required) or Hakata fabric weaving yourself. It's just a five-minute walk from Gion Station.

    Two story museum with a small fee that shows the history of the Fukuoka area. There are signs in English and a short film about a festival in the area where local people build floats and race them...

  • Kitakyushu Environment Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushiyahatahigashiku Higashida 2-2-6
    A museum with displays and hands-on exhibits which seeks to educate visitors about the environment. The museum presents the history of modern industrialization, how Kitakyushu City overcame past pollution problems, and the current state of the global environment in an easy-to-understand manner. The museum facilities themselves include a variety of environmentally-friendly measures. The Kitakyushu Environment Museum is an excellent place to learn more about environmental issues. The museum’s distinctive semicircle structure is a domed theater modeled after the Earth. A five-minute walk from Space World Station.

    As a non Japanese speaker you are never sure how good a museum is going to be. Luckily we were given an information sheet to go along with the English notes throughout the museum. The best part of...

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine Houmotsuden (Treasure Hall)
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Saifu 4-7-1
    The treasure house of Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine. The treasure house stores and displays some 50 thousand items, including a sword once worn by Sugawara no Michizane; ancient manuscripts such as the Kan’en, a National Treasure; and artistic works. The history of the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine as well as that of the nationwide Sugawara no Michizane faith is presented via video. Entrance fee required. A shared ticket granting entry to the Kyushu National Museum is also available.

    菅原道真にまつわる展示物などがたくさんありましたが、自分的には、よく名前は聞いている名刀「村正」の実物を見ることができたのが嬉しかったです。 入館料は400円。九州国立博物館との共通券で500円でした。

  • Toto Museum
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    4.5
    69 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushikokurakitaku Nakashima 2-1-1
    Here at the TOTO Museum you can learn about the roots and history of TOTO Ltd. who played a role in Japan's modernization. Along with the culture and history surrounding plumbing from their founding to the present day you can see their thoughts behind the creation and evolution of their products. There are almost 1,000 displays to see and along with goods on display including toilets, baths, faucets, and Japan's first unit bathroom (according to JIS regulations), there is also a toilet for sumo wrestlers that you can actually sit on to compare the size and new products that are only sold overseas.

    This may sound hyperbolic but the TOTO Museum is one of the most well-conceived museums of any kind. It perfectly balances the company’s numerous accomplishments without taking itself too seriously...

  • Kyushu Railway History Museum
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    4.0
    353 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Kiyotaki 2-3-29
    A museum dedicated to railway history located close to JR Mojiko Station. Inside, visitors can climb aboard actual trains used from the Meiji period onward. The museum also has interactive exhibits that give participants a taste of what travel was once like during various periods of railroad history in Japan. The realistic model railroad presenting a panorama of railways in Kyushu and the museum’s simulator, which lets users experience what it is like to drive an 811 series train, are particularly popular. The Train Exhibition Hall displays nine historic trains which operated in Kyushu. Visitors can also try driving a miniature train outside the museum.

    The place is not too big but includes different century of Japan train display in the museum. About 5 minutes walking distance from Mojiko station. Most of the train still keeping quiet new and you...

  • Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Moji
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Higashiminatomachi 2-3
    This art museum is located an eight-minute walk from JR Mojiko Station. It has a modern and nostalgic exterior, does not have permanent exhibits, and holds exhibitions from five to six times a year centered on Japanese paintings and Chinese and Japanese ceramics. It also has the Idemitsu Founding History Room that follows the life of Idemitsu Sazo, the founder of Idemitsu Kosan who opened the museum. There are seven corners that introduce the footsteps of Idemitsu Sazo and his respect for life and dignity.

    The Idemitsu Museum of Arts is indicated on the Guide Map of Mojiko Retro Town as, a private museum exhibiting mainly works of art from the personal collection of Sazo Idemitsu. When I visited...

  • Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Omutashi Misakimachi 6-23
    Coal helped support the modernization of Japan. And the Miike Coal Mine was the largest such mine in the nation. The Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum was opened to share the history of the Miike Coal Mine with future generations and contains detailed exhibits which make use photos, videos, and tools actually used in the mine. Particularly noteworthy is the museum’s Dynamic Tunnel. Recreating a mining tunnel 400 meters below the surface, here visitors can view equipment such as a mining cutter and electric mining train to get a feel for the incredible work which once was conducted here. Designed as a facility enjoyable by both adults and children, there is also an area where visitors can play and experiment with various forms of energy.

    It is a nice place to learn the history of Miike Coal Mine in a short time. The museum is not very big, but they really try to attract the attention of visitors. It is also suitable for children. The...

  • Kanmon Kaikyo Museum (Kaikyo Dramaship)
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Nishikaigan 1-3-3
  • Kitakyushu Manga Museum
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushikokurakitaku Asano 2-14-5 There are some City 5F/6F
    A museum which collects and displays a wide variety of manga comics and related materials with a focus on manga artists connected to the Kitakyushu region. Dedicated to the three themes of seeing, reading, and drawing, the museum includes an exhibit on local manga artists and related projects, a library where visitors can browse some tens of thousands of volumes of manga, and educational spaces where manga drawing classes and lectures on manga are held.

    This small museum is nestled on the 6th floor Aru Aru City shopping complex north of Kokura Station. Admission is only 400 yen for adults. The museum recounts the history of manga in liaison with...

  • Kitahara Hakushi Birthplace/Memorial Hall
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    Fukuoka Pref. Yanagawashi Okinohatamachi 55-1
  • MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & HUMAN HISTORY
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    4.5
    187 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushiyahatahigashiku Higashida 2-chome 4
    Based on the concept of “evolution of life” this museum displays the progression of the evolution of life and the history of humans. There is much to see including a “kid’s museum” aimed at children of elementary school age and older with displays they can touch and learn about nature and history, and a Time-Travelling Room in which animatronic dinosaurs move inside a diorama. This is a museum that can be enjoyed by many generations.

    Huge museum with living reptiles and dinosaur skeletons. It is very educational, dinosaur exhibit has a few min show and the dinosaurs were moving. It does that almost 3 hours covering all 3 floors.

  • Sea Road Munakata Museum
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Munakatashi Fukata 588
    The Sea Road Munakata Museum has permanent exhibits where one can learn about the history of Munakata as well as limited term special exhibits. There is also a 3D theater where visitors can enjoy the mysterious world of Okinoshima though sounds and images. There is an experience corner where one can come in contact with ancient civilizations through exhibits with themes such as making magatama accessories or learning how humans first made fire, enjoyable by both children and adults.

    宗方大社についての詳しく知りたい方には、おススメの場所です。無料です。 館内には喫茶コーナーがあり、軽食が食べられます。メニューは少なく、ピラフくらいしかありませんでした。

  • Tagawa History and Coal Museum
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    4.5
    27 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Tagawashi Ita 2734-1
    A museum based on the theme of coal, built on the site of the Ita Mining Derrick of the Former Mitsui Tagawa Mine, which boasted the largest scale among mining shafts of the Meiji period. Displayed here are around 15,000 items related to coal as well as precious antiques and historical documents including Japan’s oldest known Umagata Haniwa (Horse-shaped terracotta figurines) and other items from the Kofun period.

    Coal and other mines in Kyushu Island are known to have made a significant contribution to the industrialization of Japan from the 19th century. Tagawa City used to be one of the major coal producing...

  • Omuta City Zoo
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    4.0
    37 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Omutashi Shouwamachi 163
    This is a zoo surrounded by the lush nature of Enmei Park, located in just about the center of Omuta City. Inside are lions, tigers and squirrel monkeys, as well as a children’s amusement park with merry-go-rounds, a viewing platform and a picnic area, making it a place loved by people of all ages and families with children most of all. Popular events include animal petting activities.

    幼稚園前に来た事があり、数十年ぶりに行きました。他の動物園で感じるかわいそうとは感じないのは、動物たちが来園者のホモサピエンスを観られている視線を感じます。 ハズバンダリートレーニングだけではなく、野生の本能を維持するエサやりもあると感じました。私は、一番好きな動物園です。

  • Fukuoka Art Museum
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    4.0
    163 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Chuo-ku Ohorikoen 1-6

    This is a well run museum specializing more into Japanese Artists though do have several other key pieces, one specific famous Dali painting I was surprised to see there.

  • Fukuoka Museum
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Chuo-ku Ropponmatsu 4-2-1

    Fukuoka City Science Museum, which is directly linked to Subway Ropponmatsu station, is suitable for all science lovers, especially for children. I went to visit the special exhibition of Mammoth. It...

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The most northerly of Kyushu island’s prefectures, Fukuoka comprises castle towns, seaside parks, and Hakata ramen, one of Japan’s most famous noodle dishes. Whether due to its good location or its unique charm, the prefecture’s capital, Fukuoka city, has been voted one of the most desirable places to live in the country—a close-knit community, a thriving food scene, and accessible nature combine for irresistibly laid-back city vibes.

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