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  • 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 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 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.

    Must go in the late evening, when the Tower is light up, also take a stroll along the Momochi seaside park just in front, for those who drive, there is an underground carpark

  • Fukuoka Convention Center
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Sekijoumachi 2-1
    This is a large-scale conference area in the Fukuoka Convention Center—the largest convention zone in Kyushu. It is fully functional, with conference rooms and halls that feature sliding walls which allow you to freely adjust the size and shape of the room. There are also simultaneous interpreting booths and a restaurant. It is connected with the adjacent Fukuoka Sun Palace via a walkway.
  • Munakata-taisha Shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Munakatashi Tashima 2331
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to the three goddesses of the Munakata Sanjo-shin, “Munakata Grand Shrine” is actually a collective term for the three shrines of the Okitsumiya on the island of Okinoshima, the Nakatsunomiya on Oshima, and the Hetsumiya on Tashima. Providing protection when driving and riding transportation, the shrine is visited by great numbers of people. The shrine’s treasure hall displays numerous artifacts designated as National Treasures, including weapons, bronze mirrors, and accessories believed to have been used in external trade in ancient times.

    世界遺産に登録されている大きな神社です。この神社のハイライトは、沖ノ島で発見された国宝の銅鏡が展示されている神宝館です。歴史の教科書に載っている本物の銅鏡を間近で見ることができ、感激しました。

  • ACROSFukuoka
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Tenjin 1-1-1
    This large civil complex facility was built in 1995 to facilitate international, cultural and information exchange on the theme of symbiosis and love of nature. Its stepped garden is loved as an oasis in the city and is an entirely green space where plants of the season grow. Visitors crowd to the 1,800-seat Fukuoka Symphony Hall, the international conference space, as well as the Cultural & Tourist Information Center on locations inside and outside the prefecture.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    As the sunrise is expected to be 7:18 a.m., I took the first subway train from Ohori Koen, the first JR train from Hakata and the first bus from Fukuma to reach there around 6:00 a.m. Though it was...

  • 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.

    It's right in Fukuoka. A beautiful tranquil place to visit. If you have time to spare do put this on your itinerary.

  • 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.
  • Mojiko Retro Area
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Minatomachi
    Moji Port opened in 1889. As a base for trade with the continent, it is said that close to 200 foreign passenger boats entered the port every month in its golden age, and it was full of shops belonging to maritime companies, trading companies, and shops for overseas travelers. In addition to those buildings which evoke a nostalgic atmosphere, the Mojiko Retro Area has become an urban sight-seeing area with new art galleries and commercial facilities. Visitors can fully savor the romantic ambience of Japan’s old Taisho period with a mix of Japanese and Western influences.
  • Nokonoshima Island
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashinishiku Noko island
    Located in the middle of Hakata Bay, Nokonoshima is an island that can be reached in about 10 minutes by ferry from Fukuoka City Meinohama’s Noko ferry landing. It is a picturesque island where visitors are able to enjoy flowers from all four seasons, and is full of fascinating historical structures such as the “Sota Kofun-gun” tombs built around the seventh century, and the “Shishigaki” which is a relic of the Edo period deer-hunting grounds. The island’s circumference is approximately 12 kilometers. Nokoshima Island Park is great for cycling, offering beautiful views of the ocean as well as various flowers blooming in profusion such as rapeseed, sunflowers, cosmos and daffodils.
  • 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.

    Near exit 1 of hakozaki-miya-mae station... not as crowdedas u expected. Worth a visit at least if u in Fukuoka.

  • 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's around the back of Temangu Shrine. It's worth going up to see this especially if you are yearning for a little exercise. The place is quiet and devoid of tour groups. The walk up also rewards...

  • Nanzo-in Temple
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kasuyagunsasagurimachi Sasaguri 1035
    A Buddhist temple located in Sasaguri Town and a special head temple of the Koyasan Shingon Buddhism sect. The highlight of the temple, giant bronze statue of a reclining Buddha, is the largest in the world. 41 meters in length, 11 meters tall, and weighing 300 tons, the statue stores the ashes of three Buddhist saints—Gautama Buddha, Ananda, and Maudgalyayana—presented by the Myanmar Buddhist Council. The temple is counted as one of the Three Great New Sacred Sites of Shikoku and is visited by 1.2 million people annually.
  • 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.
  • Kego-jinja Shrine
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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.

    The Shrine, I believe, is part of Kego Park, which is situated adjacent to the busy Tenjin rail station. It is commonplace to find a Shinto shrine in downtown area of Japan, but in most cases, these...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Former Fukuoka Prefecture Public Hall Distinguished Guest House
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Nishinakasu 6-29
    This was constructed in 1910 for the 13th Kyushu-Okinawa Association Exhibition and served as a place to entertain guests during the exhibition. The guest house is a two-story Western style wooden building based on the Meiji period’s French Renaissance style, and the main rooms such as the reception rooms have marble fireplaces and feature elegant interior designs with lavish reliefs. It was designated as a National Important Cultural Pin 1984. A portion of the building is open to the public and available to tour. (Admission required)

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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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