Culture / Tour Spots in Fukuoka Area

  • Marine World Uminonakamichi
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    4.0
    444 Reviews
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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.

    We took our 1 year old baby here. It’s quite small but we really love it. The shows were quite good but my son is too young to appreciate it. Would come back again if we visit Fukuoka.

  • Fukuoka City Museum
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    4.0
    352 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...

  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
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    4.0
    150 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...

  • Toto Museum
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    4.5
    72 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.

    Fabulous museum. Very well signed in English. Kids will enjoy it also. The information is fascinating and funny. Worth a stop. You do not need a special tour guide.

  • Kurume City Art Museum
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    4.5
    97 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Nonakamachi Within 1015 Ishibashi Cultural Center
    An art museum which collects and displays Japanese modern Western-style paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics. Donated to Kurume City by Shojiro Ishibashi, a locally born businessman who founded the Bridgestone Tire company (the predecessor of the Bridgestone Group), the museum is also sometimes referred to by its old name as the Ishibashi Museum of Art. Events such as special exhibitions, gallery talks, and workshops are also held in the museum.

    It is a museum inside Ishibashi Bunka Center. The museum is now renamed to Kurume City Museum. The surrounding area is a very pleasant park, and even if you don’t enter the museum, it is worth going...

  • Kanmon Kaikyo Museum (Kaikyo Dramaship)
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    3.5
    85 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Nishikaigan 1-3-3

    Relatively modern building (built 2003) highlighting the history associated with the Kanmon Strait. The area of the Kaikyo Dramaship was really my last port of call after a long and tiring day...

  • Omuta City Zoo
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    4.0
    40 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.

    うん十年ぶりで訪れました。平日だったので人も多くなく、青空の下、他のお客さんと十分に間隔を取って見学できました。 動物福祉という明確なコンセプトを打ち出し、動物の負担を減らしながら飼育する工夫は素晴らしいし、それを見学できるのも良いです。また身近に動物を見られる工夫がされていて、楽しめました。檻や柵ごしでなく、リスざるや孔雀、カンガルーを見学できたのは貴重な体験でした。 その他、観覧車、メリーゴー...

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine Houmotsuden (Treasure Hall)
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    3.5
    28 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.

    国立博物館と共通切符を500円で買い、入場しました。 建屋自体は小さいですが、さすが宝物殿、展示物は充実していました。

  • Korokan Historical Museum
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Chuo-ku Jonai 1
    A historical site and museum located in Maizuru Park in Jonai, Chuo, Fukuoka. The ruins are of the Korokan guest house built during the Heian period and used for nearly 400 years to receive diplomatic visitors from China and Korea. In the museum exhibits cover materials excavated from the site and show the history of continental diplomacy.

    The Korokan Building was built in the 7th Century along the Hakata Bay and was primarily used as a Guest House for Foreign Diplomats. It was this building that was the stepping stone to promote...

  • 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.
  • Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum
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    4.0
    27 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...

  • Tagawa History and Coal Museum
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    4.5
    28 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...

  • Idemitsu Museum of Arts, Moji
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    3.5
    32 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...

  • Sea Road Munakata Museum
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    4.0
    23 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.

    宗像大社の参道をまっすぐ出ると正面にある郷土史の資料館です。宗像大社を中心とした地元の歴史を展示や大きなスクリーンの映像で学べます。

  • Hiraodai Nature Observation Center
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    Fukuoka Kitakyushu-shi Kokuraminami-ku Hiraodai 1-4-40
    A leaning facility along Prefectural Route 28 in Hiraodai, Kokuraminami Ward, Kitakyushu City. It has an exhibition room that will teach you about the terrain, flora, and fauna of the Hiraodai Karst in the Kitakyushu Quasi National Park as well as a Hi-Vision Theater and library area. From the rooftop viewing deck you can look out at Mt. Ohirayama and Tengu Rock as well as the surrounding karst terrain.
  • Fukuoka Castle Ruins Visitor Center
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Jounai 1-4
    An activity center located in Maizuru Park in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City. Here visitors can experience Fukuoka Castle as it was in its glory days via informational panels, models, ancient maps, and CGI virtual video. The center also holds events such as a virtual walk of Fukuoka castle through time and space, attracting large numbers of tourists.

    Another great destination is the Visitor Center located within the confines of the Maizuru Park and the Fukuoka Castle. Combine this attraction with the Korokan location to understand more of the...

  • Kyushu Railway History Museum
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    3 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.

    敷地内には九州各地で走っていた汽車や列車が展示されていて、内部に乗車することもできて良かった。鉄道グッズも色々販売していてよかった。

  • Koishiwarayaki Ceramics Museum
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Asakura-gun Tohomura Koishiwara 730-9
    A pottery museum in Koishiwara, Toho, Asakura. On display are examples of traditional Koishiwarayaki Pottery, a style with an almost 400-year history reaching back to the Edo period, including classic works and modern pieces. There's also a pottery school with a climbing kiln that offers pottery experience workshops which will allow you to throw and paint your own ceramic pieces.

    かなり詳しく小石原焼が学べます。素晴らしい作品展示もあります。登窯あり。焼き物を自分で作ることも出来ます。単に絵付けだけで無く、手びねりが出来るのでポイントが高いです。

  • Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
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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.
  • Kitakyushu Environment Museum
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    8 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...

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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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