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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.

    太宰府を参拝し、敷地内を散策していて、太宰府天満宮文書館なる建物を見つけました。 どうやら、建物はあるものの一般公開はしていないようです。

  • 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.
  • 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.

    世界遺産になるだけあって、古代の祭祀場所である奥の院は必見。本殿から徒歩10分くらいですが、登り階段が続くのでヒールは避けた方がいい。オススメは、ここでしか見られない手水に彫られた「洗心」の文字。映画「海賊と呼ばれた男」のモデルになった出光佐三さんが書かれたという。隣接する宗像ホールにも足を運んでください。3D映像で見る沖ノ島、大島は圧巻です。

  • 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.

    this is a very good place to visit. the problem is we came at a rainy day, otherwise it will be a very good place to visit. it will be even better if you come in autumn, cause most of the leaves...

  • Munakata Roadside Station
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    126 Reviews
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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.

    This is the best place to visit outside of Fukuoka city. Michi-no-Eki Munakata is located in Munaka City. It is in tween Kokura JR Station and Hakata JR Station. The Michi-no-Eki Munakata is next...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    I was really impressed with this shrine, and not just because I got my goshuincho! The koi, the massive festival float, they all need to be seen to be believed. There are a few steps but I enjoyed...

  • 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.

    The collection is small, and mostly focused on Asian art from the 1800’s to present. There isn’t much in the collection that is native to Japan, mostly other Asian countries.

  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
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    147 Reviews
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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...

  • Former Fukuoka Prefecture Public Hall Distinguished Guest House
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    27 Reviews
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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)

    I had passed by several times, but it was the first time I went into this hall. The entrance is $2, which I found cheap. This hall is the only remainder of the exposition fair, which was held in...

  • Fukuoka City Red Brick Culture Center
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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.

    This historical building, remarkable for its red bricks, was built by Kingo Tatsuno, famous architect, who built Tokyo Station. It used to be an office of an insurance company, but now it is...

  • 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...

  • 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.

    Shikaumi Shrine is located on Shikanoshima island; attached by a sandbar to Fukuoka, Japan; surprisingly included as part of the city. This shrine is the top shrine to the sea deity and is worshiped...

  • Tenjin Chikagai
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Tenjin 2 underground 1-3
    This is an underground shopping area in Fukuoka City’s Tenjin District opened in 1976. Comprised of iron, brick and stone, it was constructed to give the impression of a 19th century European village townscape. The large underground area has a total length of 600 meters and is comprised of 12 avenues filled with 150 shops and restaurants. Locals have nicknamed it “Tenchika.” It offers convenient access as it is connected to trains and buses, the principal modes of public transport.

    Its a long shopping street underground, which is modern and clean with nice decorations. The shops are mainly selling branded clothing items. There are a few cafes too. It is nice enough. But it...

  • Shogetsudo
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Nakasu 5-1-22 Matsukidokado Building 1F
    A Hakata doll shop located along the Hakata River in Nakasu. The building belongs to the Shogetsudo company, and the first-floor shop carries some 400 different product types spanning 800 items from virtually all of the major Hakata doll makers, one of the largest selections in the country. In addition to the classic beautiful women dolls, visitors can see a variety of Hakata doll types, including seasonal dolls and dolls based off of the Chinese zodiac. With an advance reservation, you can also try your hand at painting your own doll (fee required). The shop provides overseas shipping once your doll is complete.

    I came to Fukuoka when I first studied abroad in Japan in 2015. As part of a school field trip, we came to this shop to paint our own Hakata Doll and to learn about Fukuokas unique culture. When I...

  • 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.
  • Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine Houmotsuden (Treasure Hall)
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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.

    菅原道真にまつわる展示物などがたくさんありましたが、自分的には、よく名前は聞いている名刀「村正」の実物を見ることができたのが嬉しかったです。 入館料は400円。九州国立博物館との共通券で500円でした。

  • Komyozen-ji Temple
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Saifu 2-16-1
    A Zen Buddhism temple located not far from the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine. The temple’s front garden is a rock garden with 15 stones arranged in the shape of the character for “light,” while the inner garden uses green moss and white sand present a representation of the continent and its waterways. The stunning beauty of the green moss is the source of the temple’s nickname, the “Moss Temple.” In autumn, the temple is richly colored by the changing foliage, and the leaf-covered gardens make for a gorgeous sight.
  • 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.

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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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