Travel / Tourism Spots in Fukuoka Area

  • Kushida-jinja Shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Kamikawabatamachi 1-41
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Amaterasu (left shrine), Ohatanushi (central shrine), and Susanoo (right shrine); and the oldest patron shrine of Hakata. Famous for the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival held in July, the stunning yamakasa floats used in the festival are on permanent display on the shrine’s grounds. The waters of the Well of the Crane of the Miraculous Spring which well up from beneath the main shrine building are said to grant health and long life and are quite the attraction for tourists and locals alike.

    A beautiful old shrine built in 757 with lots to see. Gorgeous Gingko trees, the crane fountain, the amazing float used during the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival which is rebuilt every year and on...

  • Tochoji Temple
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Gokushomachi 2-4
    The head temple for Shingon Buddhism in Kyushu, the temple’s principal object of worship is a figure of the great priest Kukai. The first temple built by Kukai in Japan after returning from Tang China, it is said that the temple’s name, comprised of the characters for “east” and “long,” was chosen to reflect Kukai’s hope that esoteric Buddhism would long be spread in the east of Asia. The temple’s circular Rokkaku-do hall is both exceptionally functional and beautiful. The temple’s brilliant red five-tier pagoda was just completed in 2011. The giant Fukuoka Daibutsu statue of the Buddha situated on the temple grounds, meanwhile, was completed over a four year period starting in 1988. A spectacular figure 10.8 meters tall and weighing 30 tons, the patterned wall behind the statue enshrines 5,000 smaller Buddha statues. A 15-minute walk from JR Hakata Station.

    The temple has a large wooden buddha statue and a tall multi-story wooden building. The entrance to the statue area is just 50yen. Calm and beautiful place to see

  • Fukuoka City Museum
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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...

  • Miyajidake-jinja Shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukutsushi Miyajimotomachi 7-1
    This Shinto shrine is dedicated to Empress Jingu, Katsumura-no-Okami and Katsuyori-no-Okami. A large number of visitors come to pay homage to the gods of business success, road safety and family security. The special shimenawa rope hung at the inner shrine is 11 meters long and weighs 3 tons, making it Japan’s largest. The Okunomiya Fudo Jinja Shrine at the back of the shrine is located inside a large stone chamber belonging to the Maruzuka Kofun ancient tomb. Twice a year, the sun setting into the sea shines a light on the torii gate and road up to the shrine, creating a “road of light” leading to the shrine. This appears in February and October, so be sure to visit after checking the schedule.

    Miyajidake Shrine is know for its Hikari no Michi, a direct way from the coast to this shrine, through which the sunset can be observed twice a year without any hindrance. The Okunoin, subsidiary...

  • Hakozaki-gu Shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihigashiku Hakozaki 1-22-1
    Also known as “Hakozaki Hachiman-gu Shrine,” alongside Usa Hachiman-gu Shrine and Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine this is one of the three great Hachiman-gu Shrines of Japan. Emperor Ojin is the main enshrined deity, along with Empress Jingu and Tamayori-hime. In Nishioku there is the “Ajisai Garden” and “Shinen Flower Park,” with spring being the best time to see peonies, and the early summer best for hydrangeas. The “Tamaseseri Festival” that takes place each January 3 is a famous festival in which there are two wooden balls that represent yin and yang and bring good fortune and the contestants vie over the “yang” ball.

    We were lucky to watch the ceremony marking the first day of the Hojoya Festival in the evening of September 12 and the procession of the portable shrines. We did not actually have the time to see...

  • Kamado-jinja Shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Uchiyama 883
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Tamayori-hime, mother of Emperor Jinmu, Kamado Shrine has attracted believed seeking assistance with love and protection from harm since ancient times. Located at the foot of Mt. Homanzan, the shrine is also renowned for the beauty of its cherry blossoms in spring and fall foliage in autumn and the grounds throng with visitors during these times. The shrine’s Musubi-no-ito, red string talismans for love, are popular with those who wish for luck in love.

    It was not far away from famous Dazaifu Shrine. Mild slope continues from there to the shrine. It is about 30-minute walk so that you may visit if you have enough time after visiting Dazaifu...

  • Chikuzen Ichinomiya Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku Sumiyoshi 3-1-51
    A shrine in Sumiyoshi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. This is said to be the oldest of the nearly 2000 Sumiyoshi Shrines nation wide and enshrines the three Sumiyoshi Sanjin deities, Sokotsutsu no onokami, Nakatsutsu no onokami, and Uwatsutsu no onokami. At a yearly festival held from October 12th to 14th there's a children parade, horse archery, and child sumo.

    Within walking distance from Hakata Sta. We found this shrine very peaceful and unusual in that it is an older shrine honoring the God of Sumo. We were lucky enough to see junior Sumo wrestlers...

  • Hakata Port Tower
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Chikkouhonmachi 14-1
    This tower symbolic of Hakata Port was built in 1964. The observation deck 70 meters above ground is free for public use, and from there one has a 360-degree panoramic view of Hakata City, Hakata Port, and the boats that go to and fro across the sea. At night it is crowded with people who come to see the illuminations and the sea lit up in beautiful, bright colors.

    Unfortunately, this is not a review as we didnt get to go up the tower to catch the evening view (which we think would have been great). Reached the tower only to find it closed, with a note on the...

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Saifu 4-7-1
    The head shrine of 12,000 Shinto shrines across the country dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, known as the god of scholarship. The shrine’s origin lies in the deification of when Michizane, who passed away in this area in 903, was later deified and the main shrine building dedicated to him was erected in 919. The shrine’s charms, said to bring success in academic affairs, and paper talismans themed after the famous Tobiume plum tree said to have flown to the shrine in yearning for Michizane, are popular purchases among visitors. The best time to see the 6,000 Chinese plum trees on the shrine’s grounds is from the end of January to the beginning of March. A five-minute walk from Dazaifu Station.
  • Fukuoka Tower
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashisawaraku Momochihama 2-3-26
    The tallest seaside tower in Japan at 234 meters high. The tower is distinguished by the 8,000 equilateral triangle half mirror panels cladding the exterior. The observation deck is 123 meters above the ground. One floor below, there is a lounge with one wall completely paneled with glass; here visitors can enjoy lunch or dinner amidst a stunning view. Famous as a spot for romantic partners, visitors can also buy heart-shaped padlocks here which are said to tie two people together when their names are written on it and the lock is closed.
  • Akizuki Castle Ruins (Prefectural Historic Site)
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    Fukuoka Pref. Asakurashi Akidukinotori
    "Located around 20 minutes' drive from the Amagi Interchange of the Oita Expressway, Akizuki Castle was constructed during the Sengoku (Warring States) period (1467-1615) as a Hirajiro site (a castle built on flat ground, rather than on a hill) to serve as the residence of the Akizuki family. Only part of the original castle remains today; the site of the demolished castle was used to build Suiyo Shrine, dedicated to Kuroda Nagaoki, the first lord of the Akizuki-Kuroda domain. Kuromon (""Black Gate"") that served as the main gateway to the Castle was relocated to a site on the processional pathway leading up to Suiyo Shrine; the area near the gate is famous for its beautiful autumn foliage. The area in front of the Nagaya-mon Gate-the only part of the castle that survives in its original position-is the venue for Akizuki Nochi no Hina event, held on the day of Chrysanthemum Festival (the 9th day of the 9th lunar month), when around 250 Hina dolls are put on display. Sugi no Baba Street, the road that leads up to the Castle site, features a 500 meter-long avenue of cherry trees."

    The place looks great during the full bloom of sakura/flower/autumn season. Drove quite a long way but I like this small little place. I went on a non-season time so not much tourist so we can walk...

  • Asahi Beer Hakata Brewery
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku Takeshita 3-1-1
    A brewery in Takeshita 3-Chome, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. At the brewery they produce Asahi Super Dry and other beers and tours are available on a reservation basis. The tour will teach you about the beer manufacturing process and after the tour you can sample fresh draught beer. The brewery also features a gift shop and attached to the brewery you'll find the Asahi Beer Garden Hakata where you can enjoy Genghis Khan mutton barbeque with fresh beer straight from the brewery.

    this is only a brief tour of about an hour. but you get to see the most amazing computerised assembly of beer. We saw the cans being filled and packed. and even better you then get taken to the...

  • Munakata Roadside Station
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    Fukuoka Pref. Munakatashi Eguchi 1172
    A roadside station adjoining the Satsuki Pine Grove in Genkai Quasi-National Park, selected as one of the 100 most beautiful stretches of sandy beach dotted with pines in Japan, the station offers a sweeping view of the Genkai Sea. At the Munakata Sightseeing and Products Hall, visitors can purchase seafood from the Genkai Sea and enjoy local fisherman’s cuisine made with seasonal fish. Located along National Route 495.

    This is the best place to visit outside of Fukuoka city. Michi-no-Eki Munakata is located in Munaka City. It is in tween Kokura JR Station and Hakata JR Station. The Michi-no-Eki Munakata is next...

  • Old Movers Mitsui Club
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Minatomachi 7-1

    In Mojiko Retro area, there are many western buildings in Meiji time. Old Mitsui Club, which stands just in front of JR Mojiko station, is one of them, and it is maybe the most remarkable one...

  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
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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...

  • Dazaifu Government Office Ruins
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Kanzeonji 4-6-1
    "A designated National Special Historic Site located a 15-minute walk from Tofuromae Station on the Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line. Today the site is maintained as a historic park. Also a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing, in the spring when the trees are in bloom they are lit up at night. In addition, the site has become a popular mystical ""power spot (spiritual place with energy vortex)"" and is frequented in particular by locals."

    Now it is just ruined, but once this place used to be the administrative center of Western Japan. It stimulates our imagination. Sakamoto Hachiman Shrine is nearby. You can also visit Kanzeonji...

  • Kanmon Line Ferry
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    Fukuoka Kitakyushu-shi Moji-ku Nishi Kaigan 1-4-1 Marine Gate Moji
    A ferry line connecting Moji Ward in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, with Karato Town in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It boards and departs from the Mojiko Pier on the Kitakyushu side and from the Shimonoseki Karato No. 1 Pier on the Shimonoseki side. The crossing time is approximately five minutes. While crossing the Kanmon Strait you'll have an amazing view of the Kanmon Bridge, Ganryu Island, and more.

    It might be the fastest means to cross Kanmon strait. Took us five minutes from Karato to Mojiko. The pier is in between Karato market and Kaikyokan aquarium and tickets can be purchased right next...

  • Old Customs
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Higashiminatomachi 1-24

    Brick built Western styled building (built 1912), very reminiscent of the British Georgian period architecture. Although I would personally rank it after some of the equally impressive buildings...

  • Former Ito Shogun gate
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    Fukuoka Pref. Idukashi Koubukuro 300

    It is an old house of Ito Denemon, who made a big fortune by running canon mines. Due to its location, it is not as touristic as Mojiko Retro, but it is absolutely worth visiting even spending one...

  • Fukuoka City Tourist Information (Sightseeing Plaza Tenjin)
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Chuo-ku Tenjin 2-1-1 Lion Hiroba
    A tourist information center located within the Lion Hiroba (Square) at the Fukuoka Mitsukoshi Entrance in Tenjin 2-Chome. They offer tourism pamphlets about Kyushu with a focus on Fukuoka and also offer a tablet computer terminal where you can look up further information. Staff are capable to assist in Korean and English and they also offer rental strollers that can be used in the Tenjin area.

    Well, it doesnt make sense to me that this is the #1 attraction in Fukuoka (that would be Ohori park of the Japanese garden within the park, in my opinion), but its a tourist info center, and if...

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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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