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...

  • Kokura Castle
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushikokurakitaku Jounai 2-1
    This castle was constructed by Hosokawa Tadaoki over a period of seven years starting in 1602. A characteristic of this castle is the large castle keep built in Kara-zukuri style where the fifth floor is larger than the fourth floor, and there are no roof eaves between the fourth floor and fifth floor. The stone walls, in a style known as Nozura-tsumi because they do not use any hewn stone, are a must-see. Inside the castle is a history zone with a diorama that is a model of the castle-town, and the castle keep has an observation zone that offers a 360-degree view of Kokura’s townscape. The castle grounds are a famous spot for hanami cherry blossom viewing parties when the approximately 300 cherry trees are in bloom.

    Kokura Castle is easily accessible to everyone and not far from the downtown area, train station, etc. I love the castles around Japan, so I was excited to see this one. It is not an original castle...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    観光客の動線にはいって天満宮の裏手になる場所です。展示は建物の地下で博多人形で菅原道真の生涯を展示してあります。人形を使った展示なせいかわかりやすく、意外におもしろい場所だと思いました。天満宮から足を伸ばしてもよい場所です。

  • Miyajidake-jinja Shrine
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    217 Reviews
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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.

    I just loved this shrine, was so peaceful, the chill of the air was just right so walking around the shrines was at ease. for those who cant walk the steps there is a few cars paces at the top, some...

  • 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.

    Hakozakigu is truly a beautiful shrine. The shrine-complex includes several buildings and the shrine-ground is vast. I can imagine that it would also be a very peaceful place on a normal day if not...

  • 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...

  • Kyushu Railway History Museum
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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.

    Small in size but has a lot to offer for a railway museum. Impressive locomotives and other trains kept in good condition... Building above also has additional items

  • Hakata Port Tower
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    215 Reviews
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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...

  • 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.

    well this is a relatively small art museum but the space is good for modern art exhibition, i think the best part is that if you have children you can bring them here, there is a corner with lots of...

  • Mojiko Retro Lookout Room
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    231 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Higashiminatomachi 1-32

    It is an observatory in Mojiko Retro area. The elevator takes you to the top floor quite slowly, and on arrival you pay the entrance. Unlike many other places of this kind, their entrance is quite...

  • MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & HUMAN HISTORY
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    191 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.

    When I first visited the Museum in 2018, I was blown away by the Dinosaur exhibits. My biggest regret was that I could only spend an hour at the museum before heading to Kitakyushu Airport to catch...

  • 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.
  • Kego-jinja Shrine
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    213 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Tenjin 2-2-20
    A Shinto shrine located in the heart of Fukuoka City. Believed to provide protection against disease and disaster, the shrine is visited by many seeking to improve their fortunes and ward away evil. The shrine was moved to its current location in 1608 by Kuroda Nagamasa, the first lord of Fukuoka Domain, due to the construction of Fukuoka Castle.

    I ventured here by accident believe it or not while I was looking for a Camera store near by. I ended up spending around an hour, went to the camera store bought a tripod came back for another half...

  • 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...

  • Fukuoka City Tourist Information Center (Hakata Station Information Center)
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku Hakata Sta. Chuogai 1-1
    A tourist information center located within Hakata Station. They offer tourist information for all prefectures in Kyushu with a focus on Fukuoka City as well as provide city transportation and station information, rental car services, and more. Information is available via pamphlets and tablet terminals and staff are available who can assist in English and Korean.

    This center is located on the ground floor of the Hakata Station in between the two main exits and has maps and travel pamphlets for all of Kyushu in Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese. It is a...

  • Old Movers Mitsui Club
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    224 Reviews
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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    In 2018 I spent the best part of a whole day walking from Mojiko to Shimonoseki via the Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel. On a beautiful sunny Spring day; a thoroughly enjoyable 11~12km walk, taking in the...

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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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