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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
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 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。

  • 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.
  • 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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    121 Reviews
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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...

  • Kego-jinja Shrine
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    178 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.

    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)
  • Fukuoka City Red Brick Culture Center
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    58 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Tenjin 1-15-30
    Designed by representative Meiji architects Tatsuno Kingo and Kataoka Yasushi, this was constructed to be the Kyushu branch office of Nippon Life Insurance. The building with its roof featuring a dome, small tower and roof windows, and its characteristic red brick and white granite outer walls is an example of design that borrows from late 19th-century British style. It was designated a National Important Cultural Property in 1969 and ownership was transferred to Fukuoka City. It was used as a historical archive until 1990, then renovated and reopened in 1994 as the Red Brick Culture Center. The Fukuoka City Museum of Literature was established on the first floor as a general library, and gathers and provides a variety of information concerning literature.

    當你在中洲川端附近閑逛時,在那珂川畔,很容易就可以看到一棟紅磚外牆的歐式建築,這就是福岡市赤煉瓦文化館。紅磚飾以白色花崗岩的外牆,尖塔,圓頂,充滿19世紀末英國建築風格。文化館被列為重要文化財,由明治時期日本著名的建築師辰野金吾和片岡安設計,明治42年(1909年)建成,而辰野金吾也是著名的東京車站的設計者。館內非常安靜,可以慢慢欣賞。內部裝飾、家具都值得一看,還有位於2號展覽室的棟札 (又稱上樑...

  • Shikaumi-jinja Shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihigashiku Shikashima 877
    A Shinto shrine sitting on Shika Island in Fukuoka City’s Higashi Ward. Enshrining the three gods of the sea called the Watatsumi Sanjin, the shrine has attracted faithful across Japan since ancient times as the head shrine of sea god worship. Located on a small hill, visitors can get a sweeping view of the Genkai Sea from the shrine’s grounds. The grounds are also filled with points of interest such as small Hokyoin pagodas designated Important Prefectural Tangible Cultural Properties as well as the first in a serious of stone monuments commemorating the poems of the Man’yoshu, Japan’s oldest collection of poetry. Shika Island is connected to the mainland, making it possible to visit the shrine by buss, but visitors can also take a municipal ferry from Bayside Place on Hakata Port.

    玄界灘を見下ろす雰囲気はなんとも言えない。朝一で来て日の出を見るのが良い。海を守る総本社と言われるのも分かる気がする。志賀島から日本の海を守ってもらっている。

  • 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...

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine Houmotsuden (Treasure Hall)
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    15 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.

    天満宮本殿の手前に向かって右手に宝物殿があります。訪問時には「太宰府幕末展」として志士に関する書状や絵画が展示されていましたが、甲冑や刀剣、絵画や書籍で構成される常設展も興味深い資料がありました。入館してすぐにあるビデオが天満宮を巡る歴史を知るうえで良かったです。 入場料は400円だそうですが、九州国立博物館、菅公歴史館とのセットで500円となるチケットで入場しました。九博にも行かれるのであればこ...

  • Kanzeon-ji Temple
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Kanzeonji 5-6-1
    This famous Buddhist temple is home to the oldest temple bell in Japan, which is also a National Treasure. Completed in 746, the temple was once comprised of numerous temple halls as a key temple in Kyushu, but today only two halls, built in the early Edo period, remain. The temple houses numerous precious Buddhist statues designated as Important Cultural Properties that were created between the Heian and Kamakura periods. A 14-minute walk from Nishitetsu Gojo Station.
  • Toto Museum
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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.

    Toto Museum is unfortunately not about the band Toto, but Toto the toilet manufacturer. The first floor is a showroom where customers are there to actually redecorate their kitchen and washrooms...

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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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