History / Culture / Tour 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kitakyushu Matsumoto Kiyotari Memorial Hall
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushikokurakitaku Jounai 2-3

    It is a museum in memorial of a famous japanese writer matsumoto seicho, the problem is all the explanation in the museum is in japanese and because of that the museum is so low in visitors. Me and...

  • 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.

    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.

  • 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...

  • Kurume City Art Museum
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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...

  • Mekari Shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Moji 3492
    This Shinto shrine, located in Moji Ward, Kitakyushu City gets its name from the Mekari-shinji, a Shinto ritual designated an Intangible Cultural Property by the prefecture. The shrine is dedicated to the goddess Hime Okami. Facing the sea, the shrine is believed to grant worshipers maritime and traffic safety and is visited by large numbers of visitors seeking these boons.

    This Shinto shrine, which is located at the north end of Kyushu, is well known for its ritual called Mekari Shinji. From this place, you can enjoy a nice view of Kanmon Strait.

  • Sennyo-ji Temple
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    Fukuoka Pref. Itoshimashi Raizan 626
    A Buddhist temple located in Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture. A Shingon sect Daikaku-ji school temple. The temple's principal object of worship is a statue of a thousand-armed (Senjyu) Kannon. This wooden figure is estimated to have been crafted in the late Kamakura period (1185-1333) and, together with another wooden statue depicting a seated figure of the priest Seiga also in the temple's possession, it has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. The temple is also a renowned destination for fall foliage and a 400-year-old giant Japanese maple on the grounds has been designated a Natural Monument by Fukuoka Prefecture.

    Since my first visit, I am in love with this wonderful Temple that always takes me to a different era. It is situated in a hidden spot on a mountain with such a wonderful aura and peaceful...

  • Kanmon Kaikyo Museum (Kaikyo Dramaship)
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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...

  • Kora Taisha Shrine
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Mimachi 1
    A Shinto shrine known for its long history and high standing. The current shrine building was built in the Edo period and has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. It is also said to be the largest in Kyushu. The shrine is believed to grant worshippers such benefits as protection from misfortune, long life, and happiness and prosperity. The shrine sees many visitors.

    Kora Taisha Shrine was once the most important shrine of this region (Chikugo Ichinomiya). It is still very imposing and designated as a historical site of the nation. Because it is located 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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