Spots in Kurume / Chikugo Area

  • Akizuki Castle Ruins (Prefectural Historic Site)
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    4.0
    126 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Kurume City Art Museum
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    4.5
    98 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Kora Taisha Shrine
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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...

  • Roadside Station Ukiha
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukuoka Pref. Ukihashi Ukihamachiyamakita 729-2
    "A roadside station standing along National Route 210 in Ukiha City, Fukuoka Prefecture. The station building is modeled after the ""kudozukuri"" style of architecture used in traditional homes in the area. Station facilities include a local specialty products hall Bussankan Nishimidai where visitors can purchase fresh, seasonal agricultural products; and Nakayoshi Koyoshi, a restaurant dedicated to the concept of local production for local consumption. Situated on a hill, visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of the seasonal beauty of the Chikugo Plain. The station is frequented by locals and tourists alike."

    Good place to buy local fruits and fresh produce. Nice cosy set lunch restaurant with good view overlooking Ukiha town. Near fruit orchards for hand picking fruits.

  • Roadside Station Kurume
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Zendoujimachi Kiduka 221-33
    "A roadside station standing along National Route 210 in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Station facilities include a farmer's market hall where customers can purchase an abundance of local vegetables picked that very morning; and Hotomekian, a restaurant serving local cuisine. The station's ""Sekihan Manju"" and strawberry daifuku sweets are also popular. Outfitted with a large parking area, as well, the station is frequented by locals and many tourists."

    裏の道でめちゃくちゃしてたシルバーの軽自動車がいた。 周り見ずに自分だけよかれの駐車してた。 あまりにも身勝手な駐車のやり方がみれました

  • Omuta City Zoo
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Omutashi Shouwamachi 163
    This is a zoo surrounded by the lush nature of Enmei Park, located in just about the center of Omuta City. Inside are lions, tigers and squirrel monkeys, as well as a children’s amusement park with merry-go-rounds, a viewing platform and a picnic area, making it a place loved by people of all ages and families with children most of all. Popular events include animal petting activities.

    延命公園に隣接していました。園内は古い施設と比較的新しい施設がありました。動物の健康管理のための採血のトレーニングしていました。また、レッサーパンダの展示場は、狭いながらも工夫が色々施されていました。

  • Nyoirinji Temple (Frog Temple)
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Ogorishi Yokoguma 1729
    "A Shingon Omuro Buddhist temple located in Ogori City, Fukuoka Prefecture dedicated to Cintamani-cakra. Known as the ""Frog Temple,"" some 3,000 frog statues and decorations can be found on the temple's grounds. Also serving as the 8th temple on the Chikugo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, the temple is visited by large numbers of worshippers."

    The mascot character of this temple is frog. There are many stone frogs which bring a good luck to you. In summer, wind chime is another attraction. From the entrance gate to the main building, many...

  • Suitengu Shrine
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Senoshitamachi 265-1
    A Shinto shrine located in Kurume City. The head shrine of all Suitengu shrines nationwide, the shrine is dedicated to Amenominakanushi-no kami, Emperor Antoku, Takakura Taira no Chugu (Taira no Tokuko), and Nii no ama (Taira no Tokiko). Worshipers pray at the shrine daily for a safe childbirth, to be blessed with children, and for charm against drowning and maritime safety, in addition to bringing newborn babies to the shrine to be blessed. During the shrine's major festival, held from May 5 to 7 each year, local elementary school students perform the ritual Urayasu no Mai dance at the main shrine building.

    二月の戌の日に伺いました。 朝一番で伺いましたが、他にも結構お客さんがいらっしゃいました。 腹帯を購入して、お祓いをお願いしました。 きっと安産になると思いました。

  • Roadside Station Koishiwara
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Transportation
    Fukuoka Pref. Asakuraguntouhoumura Koishiwara 941-3
    A roadside station standing along National Route 211 in Asakura County, Fukuoka Prefecture. Known as a ceramics mecca, many Koishiwara ware potters have shops here. The station also has a local specialty products shop selling fresh, locally grown agricultural products, a restaurant, sightseeing and road information corner, and more.

    焼き物の展示販売が特色の道の駅ですが、トイレ付近にツバメが営巣しており寒さに震えていました。優しく見守ってあげましょう。

  • Shogetsu Punting Station (Yanagawa Kanko Kaihatsu K.K.)
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Yanagawashi Mitsuhashimachitakahatake 329
    The sightseeing boats that ply the river in Yanagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture start from the Shogetsu Punting Station. They follow a 4.5-kilometer course to either Ohana or Okinohata and take about 70 minutes. There are several sites along the way like monuments carved with tanka poems and the flood gate will help you enjoy a relaxed trip down the river. The building beside the Shogetsu Punting Station was once home to Kaigetsuro, written about in the poem Risshu by Hakushu Kitahara. Today, it's the Shogetsu Literati Hall with a variety of literary documents on display.

    Dont get me wrong, the punting tour was very peaceful and fairly scenic, and the guide gave us insight into the types of flowering bushes and history of the buildings around so it felt kinda...

  • Roppokan
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    4.5
    63 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukuoka Pref. Asakurashi Hakikugumiya 1840
    "A hot spring hotel located in Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture. The hotel's bathhouse baths are constantly replenished ""kakenagashi"" style from a simple sulfur hot spring whose waters are said to ease nerve pain and muscle soreness. In addition to a large indoor bathing area and hinoki cypress outdoor bath, the bathhouse is replete with a garden outdoor bath boasting a spectacular view. Known for its skin beautifying properties, the bathhouse is also open to non-guests."

    Located about 1 hour drive from Fukuoka city in Asakusa, Roppokan is one of the better onsen hotel in the area. Lots of parking space by the hotel. The hotel is built along the river, with most of...

  • Wakamatsuya
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    4.0
    140 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Yanagawashi Okinohatamachi 26
    Wakamatsuya is an eel specialist established in 1860. Built near the Yanagawa River, it has a rich feeling of tradition and beautiful garden. The gorgeous steamed eel and aromatic broiled eel are both wonderful. Other course meals and individual dishes are also served.

    Yanagawa is well known for eel culinary, and there are many restaurants which serve eel specialty. Wakamatsuya is maybe one among the most renowned restaurants. Due to Covid, there were not many...

  • Daihonzan Naritasan Kurume Temple
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Kamitsumachi 1386-22
    "Daihonzan Naritasan Kurume Temple can be reached by coming off the Kyushu Expressway at the Hirokawa Interchange and then driving along National Route 3 in the direction of Kurume for about 10 minutes. It is a Buddhist temple belonging to the Chizan school of the Shingon sect, which was founded by being separated from Naritasan Shinshoji Temple in Chiba Prefecture; its official name is Naritasan Kurume Bunin (""Bunin"" means ""branch temple""). Within the temple precincts there is a 62 meter-high statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, which is said to be the largest of its kind in Japan. Inside the statue there is a spiral staircase leading up to an observation window positioned in the shoulder, from which there are views of the Chikugo Plain and the Ariake Sea; Unzen can be seen in the distance. There is also a museum in the temple called the ""Hell and Paradise Museum,"" which recreates the sights and sounds of hell using dioramas and sound effects, enabling visitors to experience a ""tour of hell."""

    The 200 feet tall statue can be seen from far away, as you drive to this temple. The temple is quite unusual compared to most temples in Japan. There was hardly any crowd during the visit. The...

  • Ohana
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Yanagawashi Shinhokamachi 1
    A historic site located in Yanagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Originally used as a palatial residence by the Tachibana clan, which ruled the ancient Yanagawa Domain. Today the facility operates as a traditional ryotei restaurant and ryokan inn. Here customers can enjoy seiromushi bamboo basket steamed eel, a Yanagawa specialty, along with traditional kaiseki course cuisine in the ryotei area. The facility also offers wedding plans. Visitors can also take in the beauty of the Shotoen Japanese garden and savor history dating back to the Edo period.

    My son gave us the tour as he works here part time. This is an incredible place of history and beauty. The structure dates back hundreds of years. The architecture is lovely and the grounds are...

  • Roadside Station Oki
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Transportation
    1331-1 Yokogi, Oki-cho, Mitaka-gun, Fukuoka Prefecture
    A roadside station situated along National Route 442 in Oki Town, Mizuma County, Fukuoka Prefecture. The station has a market where visitors can purchase freshly picked, seasonal vegetables, a buffet style restaurant serving dishes made with local ingredients, and a variety of other facilities. In addition, there is a farm where visitors can experience farming activities and which holds regular events, attracting large numbers of people.

    A great place for “foodies” and anyone interested in cooking! There are many local specialities including organic fruits and vegetables. I bought some locally produced vinegars and sauces to...

  • Taiho Ramen Head Shop
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    4.0
    166 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Torihokamachi 11-8
    This is the main store of Taiho Ramen, which opened in 1951. Its tonkotsu soup has stewed for half a century and the traditional “yobimodoshi soup” was created here. The chashu pork, prepared from the leg or rib depending on the menu, attest to the care taken by the cooks. It is around eight minutes on foot from Nishitetsu Kurume Station.

    One of the oldest Tonkotsu Ramen restaurant. Depending on your experience of Tokontsu ramen, some people may not tolerate this smell. Locals love the flavor and the taste of this ramen.

  • Koinoki Shrine (Mizuta Tenmangu Shrine)
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Chikugoshi Mizuta 62-1
    A subordinate shrine located on the grounds of the Mizuta Tenmangu shrine in Chikugo City, Fukuoka Prefecture. This Shinto shrine is dedicated to the love god Koi-no-Mikoto. Famous for providing worshippers luck in finding love and marriage, visitors can purchase koi-mikuji (fortune slips which will tell their love fortunes), koinoki-ema (votive tablets to offer in prayer for love), and heart shaped charms. The Koi Musubi Festival, a love festival, is held at the shrine on July 7, attracting large numbers of visitors.

    水田天満宮と恋木神社。こじんまりした可愛らしい神社です。 JR羽犬塚駅から散歩がてら歩いて25分くらい。いい散歩でした。 御朱印は3タイプ。申込み用紙を記入し御朱印帳と共に巫女さんにお願いするシステムです。 テレビでやってた人気のお守りは売り切れでした。

  • Yunosaka Kurume Onsen
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Nonakamachi 1235
    "Located an approximately ten-minute drive from the Kurume Interchange on the Kyushu Expressway, this natural hot spring with water completely flowing from the source is nearby the town area of Kurume City. There are outdoor baths, Japanese cypress baths, saunas and cold water baths, and family baths that can be enjoyed slowly in a private room. The spring quality is a weak alkaline sulfur spring, and it is known as a skin-friendly ""beauty hot water"" that features a mild touch and the smell of sulfur. You can also refresh yourself with aroma therapy after leaving the baths. It is open from 10 a.m. to 9 a.m., and there is also a morning bath you can enjoy from 5 a.m."

    In Kurume there is also an Onsen, which everyone can bath without overnighting. Yinosaka is a hotel, but when you pay $8, you can use their hot springs. Their greasy water is excellent. It is not far...

  • Kiyonoya
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Fukuoka Pref. Ukihashi Ukihamachifurukawa 1099-3
    A hot spring hotel located in Ukiha City, Fukuoka Prefecture. The hotel's baths are gensen kakenagashi, where hot spring water directly from its source continuously overflows from bathtubs. The waters of this spring contain an abundance of sodium and hydrogen carbonate ions, giving it a smooth, velvety texture. These waters are said to ease nerve pain and muscle soreness. The bathhouse is also open to non-guests.

    筑後川温泉にある旅館。1泊朝食つきのビジネスプランで利用させていただきました。料金は湯治宿と同じくらいで、部屋やサービスはあまり期待していませんでしたが、いい意味で期待が大きく裏切られました。もともと温泉がいいというのは聞いていましたが、温泉はとろとろで、ややぬめりがあります。源泉かけ流しで、湯口で飲泉ができるくらい新鮮です。接客については、宿全体ではいろいろありますが、若女将のおもてなしは期待を...

  • Amagi-Mizu-no-Bunkamura theme park
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    4.0
    14 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Asakurashi Yanotake 831
    This is a water theme park on the Terauchi dam riverside, where one can learn about the importance and mystery of water through play. It’s organized into three zones comprised of the “Aqua Culture Zone” with exhibits for water-related materials and an activity corner, the “Green Sports Zone” with a hydrophilic plaza, roller slider and other large size play equipment, and the “Waterside Contact Zone” with a plaza full of flowers and trees as well as an outdoor stage. 

    まずここの施設は入場料無料、駐車料金不要です。プールは浅めのものが四つ繋がっています。幼児には丁度よく危険もありません。周辺には木がありその下にテントを張ると良いです。食事は焼きそばなど軽食がありますが事前に買ってくるのがベスト。浮き輪レンタルは300円、500円。更衣室は簡易的なもののみ、シャワーもありません。近くに美奈宜の湯という温泉があるので帰りに寄ると良いです。混み合っても窮屈になるほどで...

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