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
    97 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
    74 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...

  • Omuta City Zoo
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    4.0
    40 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.

    うん十年ぶりで訪れました。平日だったので人も多くなく、青空の下、他のお客さんと十分に間隔を取って見学できました。 動物福祉という明確なコンセプトを打ち出し、動物の負担を減らしながら飼育する工夫は素晴らしいし、それを見学できるのも良いです。また身近に動物を見られる工夫がされていて、楽しめました。檻や柵ごしでなく、リスざるや孔雀、カンガルーを見学できたのは貴重な体験でした。 その他、観覧車、メリーゴー...

  • Roppokan
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    4.5
    62 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...

  • Ishibashi Cultural Center
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    4.5
    64 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Kurume-shi Nonaka Machi 1015
    A mixed-use facility along National Route 322 in Nonaka-machi, Kurume. It was donated to the city by Ishibashi Shojiro, the founder of Bridgestone. It includes cultural facilities including the Ishibashi Cultural Hall, Ishibashi Cultural Auditorium, Kurume City Art Museum, the Kurume City Central Public Library, and the Shojiro Ishibashi Memorial Museum. You can also experience the abundant nature of the four seasons in the Japanese garden, rose garden, or relaxing forested area.

    I visited this garden several times a year when they shows seasonal flowers, such as cherry blossoms, roses, azalea, autumn leaves, and camellia. It is the greatest place to visit, enjoy flowers, and...

  • Wakamatsuya
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    4.0
    138 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.

    The Unagi here is very tasty. The rice with sauce is great. Is a great restaurant for big family. Price is reasonable.

  • Daihonzan Naritasan Kurume Temple
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    4.0
    41 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...

  • 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.

    不妊治療をしていた友達と、水天宮に、お参りをしました。ここのお社は子宝の神様で有名だと知人から聞きました。

  • 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.

  • Nyoirinji Temple (Frog Temple)
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    4.0
    42 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."

    I went to Fukuoka for the Rugby World Cup. When looking up what to do in the area this definitely caught my eye. It was a little off the beaten track and I was on foot but it was so well worth it...

  • 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...

  • Mihashirajinja Shrine
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    3.5
    36 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Yanagawa-shi Mitsuhashimachi Takahatake 323-1
    A shrine in Takahatake, Mitsuhashi Town. The first lord of the Yanagawa Domain, Tachibana Muneshige, his wife Tachibana Gincho, and his father Bekki Dosetsu, are enshrined as deities. The shrine was relocated to its current location in 1826. In October they hold the three-day Onigie Fall Festival during which the Dorotsukudon accompanied parade float, designated as an intangible folk culture of the prefecture, is carried through the town.

    The entrance of Mihashira Shrine is not far from Nishitetsu station, but to reach the main building you still have to walk a long way. I heard that it used to stand other building, but they were...

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Omutashi Misakimachi 6-23
    Coal helped support the modernization of Japan. And the Miike Coal Mine was the largest such mine in the nation. The Omuta Coal Industry and Science Museum was opened to share the history of the Miike Coal Mine with future generations and contains detailed exhibits which make use photos, videos, and tools actually used in the mine. Particularly noteworthy is the museum’s Dynamic Tunnel. Recreating a mining tunnel 400 meters below the surface, here visitors can view equipment such as a mining cutter and electric mining train to get a feel for the incredible work which once was conducted here. Designed as a facility enjoyable by both adults and children, there is also an area where visitors can play and experiment with various forms of energy.

    It is a nice place to learn the history of Miike Coal Mine in a short time. The museum is not very big, but they really try to attract the attention of visitors. It is also suitable for children. 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...

  • Bairin-ji Temple
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Kurume-shi Kyomachi 209
    A temple in Kyo-machi, Kurume City. It serves as a training hall for the Myoshinji School of the Rinzai Sect of Buddhism which represents Kyushu. It's also the known family temple of the Arima clan who was the feudal lord of Kurume. Nearly 500 trees of various strains of plum tree are planted in the attached outer garden and the best time to see them in bloom is between February and March.

    2月は梅の花が咲き誇ってきれいです。今年は暖かく例年より早く見頃になった気がします。あちらこちらでメジロが花をつついていて、とても癒されます。

  • 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...

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