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Kitakyushu travel guide

  • Kokura Castle


Kitakyushu is the second largest city in Kyushu and World leading Environmental Future city

and blessed with spectacular & stunning nature. The city is the Industrial Innovation city greatly

contributed to Japan’s Industrial modernization. Now Kitakyushu offers a lot of sightseeing spots

such as scenic beauty places, UNESCO World Heritage of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial

Revolution , Industrial heritages, placed introduce cultures of people living there, and various

historic sites.  



Where to Explore  


Kokura area


Kokura Castle  

Kitakyushu’s landmark Kokura Castle. Fukuoka–prefecture only in

Japan is selected by CNN Travel as one of the top 19 places to

visit in 2019.  And the Photo of Kokura Castle is used for introducing

Fukuoka-prefecture. The Castle located within a walking distance of 

JR Kokura Station.

Kokura Castle Garden

Kokura Castle Garden made at the former site of lord’s guest house,

located next to Kokura Castle. This garden consists of a Japanese

garden and a lord’s house, a building of the style of Japanese 

domestic architecture. In this garden, you can see Japanese

traditional architecture and enjoy the Tea Ceremony.

Uomachi & Kyumachi downtown shopping street 

Uomachi and Kyomachi Ginteigai are the arcade downtown shopping

streets connected from JR Kokura Station. The literal meaning of

Gintengai is the Silver roof arcade shopping street and Uomachi

Gintengai is the birth place of Japanese arcade shopping street

constructed in 1991. 

Manga Museum and Aru Aru City 

Manga Museum is located next to JR Kokura station. The museum is

located on the 6th floor of Aru Aru City, a multi-floored shopping mall

devoted to products and services for anime, manga, idol culture, and

cosplay fans, a kind  of Harajuku  in miniature.


Moji area


Mojiko Retro

Dr. Albert Einstein awarded Nobel Prize in Physic visited Moji in 1922, and he acclaimed

that everything could see were Arts. The exotic district of Mojiko Retro is visited by more 

than 2 million tourists a year. Moji-ko Port flourished following its 889 designation as a

Special National Port for exporting coal and other products. 


Mitsui Club

It was built by the Mitsui Co., Ltd in 1921 as a reception centre and to

provide accommodation for VIP’s.   Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of

the world’s  most famous theoretical physicists, stayed here during his

visit to Japan with his wife in 1922.

Kaikyo Plaza

The shopping area in the Mojiko Retro district located by the sea.

“Full of a romance market which stir up forgetting contentment” is 

the direct translation of the concept Kaikyo Plaza is based on.  

The area has a very romantic ambience and evokes feeling of

nostalgia and contentment that will never be forgotten.

Mojiko Station

It is the only Station building that is designated as an Important

National Cultural Property together with Tokyo StationMojiko

Station is a beautiful station built in the Renaissance style and

modeled on the Termini Station  in Italy.

Mojiko Retro Observatory 

Situated on the 31st floor of the high-rise apartment building

“Retro Hi-Mart”.  The 103 metre-high observatory offers magnificent

views of the Mojiko Retro district, the Kanmon-kyo Bridge over the 

Kanmon Strait, as well as the Shimonoseki area.

Konamon Pedestrian tunnel

Only the place in the world !   You can cross the strait on foot. 

The Kanmon Strait, separating Honshu and Kyushu, is a very 

beautiful and busy waterway  with as many as 700 small and large

ships a day passing through it. the  Kanmon Pedestrian Tunnel,

which enables people to cross on foot,


Higashida area


Japan’s modern steel industry was started as Yawata steel Works at Higashida district

in 1901. Since then, the Works greatly contributed to Japan’s industrial modernization.

The three sites in Higashida have been registered on UNESCO World Heritage  as

Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.


Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace

Only the Blast  Furnace in the world which preserved as it was. 

The birth place where Japan’s steel industry began in 1901

It contributed greatly to the development of the Japanese steel 

industry and was used until 1972, and has been preserved just

as it was.

First Head Office of the Steel Works  UNESCO World Heritage  

Built in 1899, ahead of production facilities. It is an architectural

fusion of Japanese and European design, a two story red brick

building with bilateral symmetry and a central dome set in a

Japanese tile roof.


Industrial Heritages


Kawachi Reservoir

The first-class civil construction heritage completed in 1927,

The Kawachi Reservoir was constructed for the industrial water

supply to Yawata Steel Works. The dam was constructed at the 

Okura River and upper stream of the dam was expanded and 

making the 7milion cubic metre reservoir

Minami Kawachi-bashi bridge
The only remaining lenticular truss bridge in Japan 
( lens type truss bridge), located at the south side of Kawachi
Reservoir and it was designed by Hisanori Numata.  This shape
and color really harmonize with nature and become a symbol of
the Iron town Yahata.
Onga River Pump Station UNESCO World Heritage

Built in 1910 on the east bank of the Onga River. It served, and still

serves, to deliver industrial water to Yawata via an 11.4 km pipeline.

 The site has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage,

 Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution 

Kurogane Railway

Dedicated Railway for Yawata Steel Works. The railway connected

between Yawata and Tobata, completed in 1930. The most difficult

and hard work was making Miyatayama tunnel with a total  length 

of 1180 m due to suffering from floods. The gates of the Miyatayama

 tunnel are decorated with stately designs.

Yahata port

Japan’s Modern Steel Works history started here. Yawata was a rural

village  with a small population of agriculture and fishing industry. And this

place was decided in Parliament as the Japan’s Modern Steel Works 

construction site  in 1897.



The city is blessed with spectacular & stunning natural feature, about 960,000 people are
living in the area spreading in river basins where surrounding Sea and mountains.
The coastline belongs to Seto Inland Sea National Park and Genkai Sea Quasi-National
Park and also the city has Kitakyushu Quasi-National Park. 


Mount Sarakura

The height of the mountain is 622 meters level. At the top you are

presented with a magnificent and spectacular view of Kitakyushu.

​In 10 minutes, you can reach the summit from the Cable Car Station

using the Cable car and the Slope car. Three Major Night View of

Japan from Mount Sarakura to be experienced.

Hiraodai Karst Plateau & Caves

One of the three largest Karst Plateau in Japan. It is located in

southeastern part of Kitakyushu-city.  At altitudes between 400 and

600 meters above sea level and stretching 6 km from north to south

 and 2 km from east to west.  

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private garden at the Mountain foot of

Sarakura and famous for its spectacularly presented, large numbers

of wisteria flowers.  The garden is opened to the public seasonally

during the wisteria season which usually peaks around late April to

middle of May. 


General information  


City hall ; 1-1 Jonai Kokura-kitaku, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

Cabinet designate city


70 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport in Fukuoka-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Saga-city

160 minutes by a vehicle from Nagasaki-city

100 minutes by a vehicle from Beppu

100 minutes by a vehicle from Yufuin


40 minutes by JR Express train from JR Hakata Station

19 minutes by JR Shinkansen (bullet train ) from JR Hakata Station  

Population 945,000            Population density : 1.920 / km2 






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Fukuoka travel guide

  • Kushida Shrine


Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu and the energetic city bustling as the center of Kyushu’s

politics, economy, culture, fashion as well as tourism. Fukuoka-city has many kind of fascinating

tourist attractions and abundant tourism materials which are different from the other destinations

in Kyushu. When visiting Kyushu, Fukuoka-city is the place to be incorporate in the travel plan.

And due to its location Fukuoka-city is the great starting point for exploring Kyushu.



Welcome to Fukuoka, enjoy shopping and meals

JR Hakata Station

Tenjin area

Canal City Hakata


Where to visit


Teramachi district

Kushida Shrine

One of the most exciting summer festival in KyushuHakata Gion 

Yamagasa is held in the shrine in July. The tall Kazari Yamakasa,

a luxuriously decorated float, is always displayed

which was constructed without using even a single nail.

Hakata Machiya Furusatokan

It is a folk museum depicts the life and culture of Hakata Fukuoka.

Exhibition hall, many faces and facets of the Hakata way of life can

be found, Machiya hall, is a superb example of traditional architecture

and has been moved here and restored to provide a glimpse into the past.

Tochoji Temple

The Temple was founded in 806 by Kobo-daishi Kukai and it is the oldest

temple of the Shingon sect in Japan that  Kobo-daishi set up. The Fukuoka

Daibutsu called Great Buddha of Fukuoka completed in 1993 stands 10.8

meters tall and is the largest seated wooden image of Buddha in Japan.



Kawabata-dori Shopping Street

Japanese traditional Shopping Street and the entrance of the shopping street

is located next to Kushida ShrineApproximately 130 shops built in the 400

metre arcade. There are also souvenir shops including Hakata dolls, shops

collected Hakata GioYamakasa goods. ​Enjoy lunch, Hakata Ramen at

the birth place of Nagahama Ramen.


Seaside Momochi

Seaside Momochi is the water-front resort area, only a 15 minute drive from Tenjin in the

centre of Fukuoka-city.  The park is surrounded by Fukuoka Tower and high rise 

contemporary buildings, all of which help make a modern urban landscape. 


Fukuoka tower

One of the must visit spots is the 234 metre high Fukuoka Tower. It  is
the highest coastal tower in Japan and is covered with 8000 two way
mirrorsThe observation room located at a height of 123m offers a
breath taking and spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Fukuoka-city
and Hakata Bay.


The complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and

is located in Seaside Momochi Park.


Fukuoka Castle Ruins

Fukuoka castle, was built in 1601.  Part of stone wall and canal, and

the Tamon tower are still left intact as they were back then. There is

also a nice view of the city from the former main Parts of the castle’s 

former moats were used to construct nearby Ohori koen Park.


Ohori-koen Park

Ohori-koen Park is located next to Fukuoka Castle Ruins and close to

center of Fukuoka-city.  The park is complemented by a Japanese style

garden and the Fukuoka City Art Museum. Rich in greenery and encircling

a lake two kilometers in circumference, the park is an oasis for city

residents, who enjoy jogging, boating, bird watching and other activities here.



One of the largest entertainment districts in western Japan, bustling at

night with young people and business men and women. Around 2000

eating and drinking establishments including Yatai is crammed in this

areaNeon light reflect alluringly on the Naka River.


Hakata Ramen Yatai

Food stalls “Yatai”is one thing to enjoy in Fukuoka. Despite a decline

in recent year, there are said to be more than 160. The food stalls have

all kind of food, but you have to try Hakata ramen, usually made with

white soup from pork bone and thin noodles


Nokonoshima Island

In the middle of Hakata Bay Beautiful flowers can be enjoyable

throughout the year. Rapeseed blossom, Cherry blossom, Livingstone

daisy Poppy, Rhododendro, Marigold, Hydrengea, Plumed cockscomb,

Dahlia, Sunflower, Cockspur coral tree Bougainvillea, Scarlet sage,

Cosmos, Dahlia, Autumn leaves, Scarlet sage, Japanese narcissus,

Japanese camellia, Plum.


Marine World Uminonakamichi

The aquarium focuses on the aquatic life found around Kyushu. The

main tank is a huge, seven meter deep pool filled with all different

kinds of marine life including over 120 sharks of 20 different varieties.

There are also several outdoor tanks where you can experience

feeding dolphins and sea lions.


Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

The sprawling, family oriented public park, located on a narrow

peninsula across the bay from central Fukuoka. The park is made

up of several different areas including flower gardens, playgrounds,

an amusement park with ferris wheel, sports fields, a water park, a zoo

and large open spaces and lawns perfect for picnicking.


Yusentei Garden

The Japanese traditional Garden; it was originally built in the 1754

for Kuroda Tsugutaka who was the lord of Fukuoka clan. You can

feel Japanese traditional cultures and enjoy Tea Ceremony.



Hakata-za is the theater for Kabuki plays and is located in the Hakata

Riverain in Nakasu It was originally constructed in 1996.


Fukuoka Open Top Bus  / Sightseeing bus in Fukuoka-city

The Open-air deck bus with 3.2m high show you main tourist

destinations in Fukuoka-city. 

The tour is started from Fukuoka City Hall.


 General information 


City hall : 1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

Cabinet designate city


To main destinations in Kyushu by a vehicle

  Ibusuki :  4 hours and 20 minutes,  Kagoshima : 3 hours and 30 minutes

  Miyazaki : 3 hours and 40 minutes ,  Aso : 2 hours and 20 minutes

  Kumamoto : 1 hour and 50 minutes , Beppu : 1 hour and 50 minutes

  Yufuin : 1 hour and 40 minutes, Nagasaki : 2 hours and 10 minutes

  Saga : 1 hour and 10 minutes ,  Kitakyushu : 1 hour and 10 minutes  



  Fukuoka International Airport

  Fukuoka domestic Airport

JR main station : Hakata Station


  to Busan, Korea

  to Iki and Tsushima, Nagasaki-prefecture

  to Goto, Nagasaki-prefecture

  to Okinawa

  to Nigata and Hokkaido

City transportation

  Fukuoka City Subway

  Nishitetsu Bus

  Nishitetsu train 

Population 1,570,000      population density : 4,570 / km2













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Yame travel guide

  • Yame Central Tea Plantation


Yame is a rural tranquil region of Japanese tea cultivation and the traditional crafts

manufacturing and is located in the southern part of Mino mountain range.

Yame grew in size after the merger with Kurogi town,Tachibana town,Yabe village and

Hoshino village in 2010.


Yame Traditional Craft Museum

Yame is the Centre of Japanese artificial crafts. The Museum

was built in 1986 with the purpose of gathering traditional

craft items together and transferring traditional techniques

and development of local industry.


Yame Fukushima

White-walled townscape. The Fukushima area is designated as an

important traditional buildings preservation area by the Japanese

government. Since the Edo Era (1603 – 1868), the area has 

flourished as an economical and political base, and many merchant

houses which retain the atmosphere of that time remain even today.


Sake Brewery Kitaya

Kitaya is renowned Saka brewer in Yame, was founded some 190

years ago during the Edo Era. The Sake is produced using high-grade

rice if brewing quality rice of brewing cultivated in Fukuoka-prefecture.

The Brewery can be visited and enjoy sampling Sake.


Yame Central Tea Plantation  

The country of Green Tea, the Green Tea grown in Yame is one of the

highest grade of tea throughout Japan. This is the large Tea plantation

spreading on a gently sloping hilly area, about 70 ha. There is an

observatory at the top of hill, Ariake bay as well as Shimabara Peninsula

in Nagasaki-prefecture can be seen on sunny days.


Featured Japanese restaurant Ginnoka

The restaurant Ginnoka uses Japanese old style house built 100 years ago, 

and located next to the Sake brewery Kitaya. The restaurant opened in 2014

and serving Japanese cuisines which is compatible with Sake using local

abundant ingredients such as vegetables, fruits and fresh river and sea fishes.


Hoshino village

The most beautiful village in Japan. Located in the south-eastern part of

Fukuoka Prefecture, and east side of Yame-city, at altitudes between 200

and 1,000 metres above sea level. As 84 percent of the village is covered

with mountain forests, agriculture and forestry are the two main industries.

The recommendable experience is to have Gyokuro tea which is the

highest grade of Japanese tea cultivated in Hoshino village.


Kurogi large Wisteria tree

The tree is more than 600 years old. The total area of its scaffolding

structure at 3,000 square meters and its longest flower clusters measuring

in at 150 centimeters, the tree looks truly spectacular when it blooms. 

The Wisteria Festival takes place between mid-April and early May. 


In the harvest time, the northern Kyushu boasts many area with beautiful

fruit orchards. Fukuoka is one of the leading fruit-producing prefecture

in all Japan. The fruit production in Fukuoka is primarily concentrated in

the southern Chikugo region such as Ukiha, Asakura and Tanushimaru.


General information  

Address City hall : 412-2 Bodaiji, Asakura-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

60 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

40 minutes by a vehicle from Yanagawa

40 minutes by a vehicle from Asakura

35 minutes by a vehicle from Kurume

100 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Population 62,400   Population density 130
















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Dazaifu travel guide

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine


Dazaifu is the highly recommended tourist destination near Fukuoka-city

Dazaifu is a historical place and translates literally as Great Government Headquarters.

About 1300 years ago, there was a government office to manage the entire Kyushu and

was known as the distant court from Kyoto.

The place, worth to visit is Dazaifu tenmangu shrine, dedicated to the deity of learning. 

Many Japanese visit the Shrine to pass the examination successfully.

The shrine is housed in a distinctive building, with a sweeping roof of thatched bark and

lacquered crimson beams dating back to the seventeenth century.



Where to visit  


Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine


The Shrine dedicated to the deity of learning. Many Japanese visit

the Shrine to pass the examination successfully. Built on the site of

grave of Sugawara Michizane, who is deified as the Deity of scholarship.

Shrine Approach path  

The road leading to the Shrine is lined with many souvenir shops

unique to Japan including Starbucks and Umegae mochi shops.

Starbucks at Approach path

The restaurant was designed by renown architecture designer

Kengo Kuma in 2011. The concept of the design is Harmony of

Modern and traditional by natural material; 2000 cedar timber

is assembled in a traditional wood structure without using nails.



Komyozen-ji temple

The Zen temple famous for its beautiful stone garden. It was built

during the Kamakura period just next to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

and is within walking distance of Nishitetsu Dazaifu station.

Kyushu National Museum

Kyushu National Museum was opened in 2005 in Dazaifu-city next

to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, as Japan’s fourth national museum

after Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara.

Site of Dazaifu Government Office

Government site of Ancient Kyushu, Known as TOFURO, the site was

used during the Nara (710 to 794 AD) and Heian (794 to 1185 AD) period.

The Dazaifu was responsible for supervising Japan’s maritime frontier,

as well as for administering the nine provinces and two island of the 

Saikaido (modern Kyushu).



Featured festival  



Tenmangu’s history is recalled by events such as the New Years

Exorcism, Fire Festival (Oni-sube),  Kyokusui-no-en that means Spring

Water Poetry Festival, and Jinko-shiki (Annual God-Procession Festival)

which takes place in the Autumn.



General information  

Address City hall : 1-1-1 Kanzeonji Dazaifu-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

30 minutes by car using Fukuoka Urban Express Way from Fukuoka-city

35 minutes by Nishitetsu train from Tenjin (Fukuoka) to Dazaifu

Transportation Nishitetsu train
Population 72,000   Population density 2,400














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Ukiha travel guide

  • Ukiha Inari Shrine


Ukiha blessed with nature where many orchards spread out at the foot of Mino mountain range.

Yoshii, in the center of Chikugo flourished as a post town during the Edo period, and there a

lot of Sake brewery which have established the Edo period. A fruits picking and Sake brewery

visit can be enjoyed here.


        Yoshii machi 

         Ukiha machi

         Fruit fields


Shirakabe-dori Avenue

Time-honored scenery, back to 100 years ago. Located in Yoshii-machi, 

Shirakabe, literary meaning is white wall. The avenue of houses with 

white wall were constructed about 100 years ago.  About 250 houses in

the area has been designated as National important raditional buildings

preservation district.


Authentic Japanese restaurant, Shirakabe

The chef who makes that cuisines also has experienced the imperial

family’s cook. The restaurant Shirakabe is in the former merchant’s

building constructed in 1928. Japanese cuisines using best local

ingredients that vary by season can be enjoyed.


Ukiha Inari Shrine

Breath taking scenery harmonizes with the Shrine. Ukiha Inari Shrine,

located at foot of Mino mountain range, 130 m height from sea level. 

The 90 vermilion coloured Torii Gates stand on the 300 steps stairs is

introduced you from bottom area to the Shrine main building.


Shochu Brewery

Let’s sample Chochu at Beniotome Shuzo. Shochu is a Japanese

distilled beverage less than 45% alcohol by volume. The shochu of

Beniotome Shuzo is distilled from Sesame. The brewery can be

visited and there is a tasting corner,  Let’s sample Chochu.



Kora Taisha Shrine  

The largest Shrine in Kyushu and the shrine is specified as Ichino-miya

or the representative Shrine in Chikugo region. Located in Kurume-city,

stand at the middle of Kora Mountain. From the Shrine compound,

breath taking magnificent view of Chikugo plain can be seen.


In the harvest time, the northern Kyushu boasts many area with beautiful

fruit orchards. Fukuoka is one of the leading fruit-producing prefecture

in all Japan. The fruit production in Fukuoka is primarily concentrated in

the southern Chikugo region such as Ukiha, Asakura and Tanushimaru.


General information  

Address City hall : 316 Niiharu, Yoshii-machi, Ukiha-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

50 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

45 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Yaanagawa-city

90 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Population 28,000   Population density 240










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Asakura travel guide

  • Asakura Triple Water Wheel


It is a thriving area of agriculture in Chikugo region, Fukuoka-prefecture  where has rich nature

and many historical heritages. And also there is a Onsen Resort along the Chikugo River.

The modern city of Asakura was established on March 20, 2006, from the merger of the former town

of Asakura, absorbing the city of Amagi, and the town of Haki. Asakura is located in south central

Fukuoka Prefecture and is spreading in the Chikugo plains of the Chikugo River basin which is the

big river in Kyushu.




Akizuki is a former Castle town located in northern part of Asakura. 

You can enjoy the harmony of countryside landscape and former

castle town scenery that makes the atmosphere like a time

of 400 years ago.


Harazuru Onsen 

A tranquil Onsen Resort near Fukuoka-city and is located on the banks

of Chikugo River.  The quality hot spring is weakly alkaline and sulfur

is mixed and has the effect of dropping old horn and creating beautiful



Asakura Triple Water Wheel

Asakura is the only area in Japan to use water wheels for irrigation. 

The irrigation system used the Triple Water Wheel was completed in

1760. The water is supplied from Yamada weir in Chikugo through

the canal to the Triple Water Wheel. And then the water distributed

to each rice field by Triple Water Wheel.


Yamada Weir

Only here in Japan,  the stone-covered Weir constructed. Yamada

weir is a construction for the irrigation system that water is supplied

from Yamada weir in Chikugo through the canal to the Triple Water

Wheel to rice field. The large and small stones are stacked against

water flow, and leads water to the irrigation canal. 


Fujii Apiary

The apiary collecting honey while traveling with bees from Kagoshima

to Hokkaido. The Apiary was established in Asakura in 1909 and offers

delicious Japanese milk vetch honey and acacia honey, both of which

have a deep and sophisticated taste.


Toho Village

Toho is a small village with a population of about 2,000 people and consist

of two districts.  Hoshuyama district, a mountain area blessed with nature 

Koisiwara district, pottery industry representative of Kyushu.


Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum   

The main exhibit room displays a few letters and other items of kamikaze

pilots who died in battle. One case has photos of about 50 kamikaze pilots

from Tachiarai Air Base and includes the following information on each pilot:

name, unit, plane used, date of death, and air base of final sortie.


In the harvest time, the northern Kyushu boasts many area with beautiful fruit

orchards. Fukuoka is one of the leading fruit-producing prefecture in all Japan. 

The fruit production in Fukuoka is primarily concentrated in the southern

Chikugo region such as Ukiha, Asakura and Tanushimaru.


General information  

Address City hall : 412-2 Bodaiji, Asakura-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

50 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

30 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu-city

60 minutes by a vehicle from Yaanagawa-city

90 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

Population 50,700   Population density 205













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Munakata & Fukutsu travel Guide

  • Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu


Munakata Region is located in the west part of  Fukuoka-prefecture  and facing to Genkai Sea.

The area are consist of Munakata, Fukutsu, Akama and Oshima Island.





Munakata Shrine Hetsu-gu, UNESCO World Heritage

Hetsu-gu is one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata Shrine

and enshrines Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, one of the three female

deities of Munakata.  Visitors passing through the torii gate and

proceeding along the path will find the Main Hall, dedicated to

Ichikishimahime-no-Kami, beyond the Shinmon gate.


Takamiya Saijo

The steps lead to Takamiya Saijo (Ceremonial Site), where ancient

rituals were performed. Takamiya Saijo is very important since the

rituals currently observed at Hetsu-gu originated there. To the

northwest of the ceremonial site, visitors can view the marine route

linking Hetsu-gu with Okinoshima via the Tsurikawa River, Oshima.




Shinbaru-Nuyama Mounted Tombs, UNESCO World Heritage​

The Tomb Group comprises the tombs of the Munakata clan, an

ancient powerful family that led interactions with overseas countries.

The Munakata clan also performed rituals on Okinoshima and

nurtured the tradition of faith in in the sacred island.


Miyajidake Shrine

The Shimenawa is the biggest in JapanSurprisingly, weight is 3ton,

with 2.6m diameter and 11m length. Shimenawa is the thick, twisted,

straw rope. It was believed in ancient days that a Shimenawa had

the power to keep off evil sprits, so many objects connected with

Shinto Shrines decorated.




Sake Brewery, Katsuya Shuzo

atsuya Shuzo is a renown local Sake brewery has long history,

established in 1790. The Goshinshu or dedicated Sake to deity for

Munakata Shrine is being made this Brewey.

Recommended Sake are Okinoshina, Naranoki and Genkainada.



Oshima Island  

Oshima Island located 11 km from Konominato Port in Munakata-city, and is the largest

island in Fukuoka-prefecture. The population of the island is around 700.


Access to Oshima Island

Oshima Ferry, it takes 25 minutes by Oshima and 15 minutes

by Shiokaze.


Munakata Shrine Nakatsu-gu, UNESCO World Heritage

Nakatsu-gu, one of the three shrines that comprise Munakata

Taisha, is situated on this island and enshrines

Tagitsuhime-no-Kami, one of the Three Goddesses of Munakata.


Munakata Shrine Okitsu-gu Yohaisho, UNESCO World Heritage   

Because Okinoshima has long been an object of worship, public

access to the island is strictly limited. The Okinoshima landscape

has been preserved intact until now because local people have strictly

observed various taboos. 


Windmill Observatory  

From the site of a cannon fort used during World War II, visitors

can view Okinoshima on a clear day. The path linking the fort site

with Okitsu-gu Yohaisho was constructed by the Japanese 

Imperial Army.


Mitake mountain Observatory

From the observation deck atop Mt Mitakesan, visitors can view

not only the main island of Kyushu, but also Okinoshima Island.


Lunch at Japanese Inn




Munakata & Fukutsu



















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Yanagawa travel guide

  • Yanagawa Canal boat cruise


The Beautiful Canal town Yanagawa, is located about 60km south of Fukuokacity and is

former Castle town facing the Ariake Sea and spreading in the Chikugo plain. Current main

industries are tourism, fishery and agriculture. Canal is feature of Yanagawa, It had been

constructed for people’s lives and agriculture since ancient time and also used for the moats

of the Castle. Surprisingly the total length of the canal is 60 km. Now the canals of the

Yanagawa-city including former Castle town are used as Canal boat cruise for sightseeing.



Canal boat cruise 

Yanagawa Canal boat cruise is to board a small boat called the

Donkobune and slowly go down the river skillfully maneuvered by

a boatman with bamboo pole. A 30minutes cruise starting Okinohata

and go around Ohana & Shotoen Garden is most recommended.


Ohana and Shotoen Garden

Listed on National Scenic Landmark, was built in 1697 as the villa

of the fourth lord Tachibana Akitora. At that time the region was

called Hanabatake (Field of flower), so the villa was named Ohana

or Flower.


Birthplace of Hakushu Kitahara

Yanagawa is the birthplace of renown poet Hakushu Kitahara, 

whose accomplishments are marked by a memorial park and

the many stone monuments bearing his works placed throughout

the city.


Local cuisine 


Eel cuisines in Yanagawa

Yanagawa is the birthplace of Steamed Eel that has more than

300 years history. There are many restaurants which have their

long history and each restaurants have been keeping the

traditional source and brand value.


Seafood cuisine of Ariake sea 

Yanagawa is facing to Ariake Sea where many fresh and unique

 fishes are caughtJapanese cuisines using local delicacies is

also recommended


Sake breweries

There are two authentic Sake breweries where you can enjoy

tasting in Yanagawa. Yanagawa Shuzo Sake brewery founded

in 1890 and Kikubijin Shuzo Sake brewery founded in 1735.


Yanagawa Sagemon Festival

The festival is held from February 11 through April 3 in Yanagawa. 

Hina dolls are displayed by families with girls to pray for safe growth

 of their children, in Yanagawa.


General information  

Address City hall : 87-1 Honmachi, Yanagawa-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

70 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

80 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka-city

110 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city

50 minutes by Nishitetsu train from Nishitetsu Tenjin (Fukuoka)

Transportation Nishitetsu train
Population 66,000   Population density 850









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Itoshima travel guide

  • Sakurai Futamigaura


The nearest Resort town from Fukuoka-cityItoshima is surrounded Genkai Sea and Seburi

Mountain. The beautiful Genkai Sea where the dynamic wave makes coast line scenery, and

a traditional Japanese landscape in the rural area spreading Mountain foot can be enjoyed.



Where to visit


Sakurai Futamigaura

A beautiful sunset scenic spot at Genkai Sea, the place is selected

as Japan’s 100 scenic beauty sunset beach.  Located in Genkai

Quasi-National Park. The married rock is connected by the large

Shimenawa with 30 metre length and 1 ton weightMale rock is

11.8 metre high and Female rock is 11.2 metre height.


Anego-hama beach

One of the most beautiful beach in Itoshima. Anego no Hama Beach

is a beach of “singing” sand that makes a squeaking sound when

people walk on it. It is said that singing sand exists only on clean

beaches, and that 90 such beaches used to exist in Japan.  


Mataichino shio

The salt making plant by the ancient production method. A salt and

a magnesium chloride are produced with Genkai sea water.  


Keya Cave cruise

The most largest basalt cave in Japan consist of octagon and

hexagon columnar joints. The entrance of the cave is 64 metre

high and 10 metre width and the depth is 90 metre.

It is designated as one of three major Basalt caves in Japan.


Shiraito Waterfall

The waterfall is located near the source of Katsuki River. It’s 30

meters high. It is known for clear water, and said to live Sansyouo.

In front of the fall, a Banryu maple tree grows naturally that lives

more than 300 years. In autumn, lots of visitors come to see autumn

leaves at the pedestrian and the maple tree leaves.


Raizan Sennyo-ji temple

Well known for being a great place for cherry blossom viewing in

spring, and many people visit in the autumn to see the fall foliage.

The temple was founded  thein 725, Nara period by Seiga. There is

an Important Cultural Property which is the 4.8 meter wooden 

Avalokitesvara statue in the main hall


Lunch at Keya area

Featured seafood restaurant, Isonoya. Special seafood dish used fresh

fishes caught in the Genkai Sea can be enjoyed.


Oyster Barbecue Hut

Itoshima oyster growing up in the rich nature of mountain and sea. 

There are many Oyster Barbecue Huts at five fishing harbours. 

The huts only open during the season, from end of October to

March or April.


Sake brewery, Suginoya

There is the tasting corner,  let’s sample sake. Sake is unique

Japanese  liquor made by fermenting rice.  Suginoya was

founded in 1870 in Itoshima.


Ichirano-no mori, Hakata Ramen

Ichiran is an authentic tonkotsu ramen or pork born soup ramen

restaurant, established in 1960.   The ramen producing factory can

be visited and various type of ramen can be enjoyed at 



General information  

Address City hall : 1-1-1 Maebarunishi, Itoshima-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

30 minutes from JR Hakata Station by a vihecle 

using Fukuoka Urban Express Way and Nishi-kyushu High way

40 minutes by train from JR Hakata Station to Maebaru, Itoshima

Population 97,000   Population density 450

















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Chikugo region travel guide


Agricultural industries spreading in the Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain.

Chikugo region consists of Toho VillageAsakura Akizuki,  UkihaKurumeYame

and  Hoshino Village


The Kyuhsu’s largest Chikugo River which flows from Mount Aso through the Chikugo region
to Ariake Sea. The Kyushu’s largest Chikugo plain spreading in the Chikugo River basin,
where people live from ancient time and the various cultures have been created.
There are a lot of features here such as rural land scape, fruit fields, ancient ruins,
featured shrines Kora Taisha and Ukiha Inari, temples, castle town AkizukiSake brewery,
Shochu brewery, Onsen ( Harazuru ) , scrumptious local cosines, Japanese cultural experiences.


Exploring Chikugo



Asakura is the only area in Japan to use water wheels for irrigation to rice field


Asakura Triple Water Wheel

Yamada Weir 

Toho Village




Akizuki is a former Castle town located in northern part of Asakura. You can enjoy the harmony of

countryside landscape and former castle town scenery that makes the atmosphere like a time of

400 years ago.


   Sakurano-baba Street

          Cherry Blossoms 

        Autumn leaves


Harazuru Onsen 

A tranquil Onsen Resort near Fukuoka-city and is located on the banks of Chikugo River. 

The quality hot spring is weakly alkaline and sulfur is mixed and has the effect of dropping

old horn and creating beautiful skin.


             Gate way 

         Chikugo River

            Onsen resort




Ukiha blessed with nature where many orchards spread out at the foot of Mino mountain range.

Yoshii, in the center of Chikugo flourished as a post town during the Edo period, and there a lot

of Sake brewery which have established the Edo period. A fruits picking and Sake brewery

visit can be enjoyed here.


          Yoshii machi 

              Ukiha machi

          Ukiha Inari Shrine

Shirakabe-dori Avenue

Time-honored scenery, back to 100 years ago, located in Yoshii-machi, Shirakabe, literary

meaning is white wall. The avenue of houses with white wall were constructed about 100

years ago.  About 250 houses in the area has been designated as National important

raditional buildings preservation district.



Kora Taisha Shrine

The largest Shrine in Kyushu and the shrine is specified as Ichino-miya or the representative

Shrine in Chikugo region. Located in Kurume-city, stand at the middle of Kora Mountain.

From the Shrine compound, breath taking magnificent view of Chikugo plain can be seen.


Torii Gate, entrance

of Shrine

Kyushu’s largest Shrine


Magnificent view from

the Shrine




Yame Central Tea plantation

The country of Green Tea,

the highest grade tea

Traditional Craft


Yame is the Centre of

Japanese artificial crafts

Hoshino Village


The most beautiful village in




Fruits harvest experience  

Chikugo region is the best place for Fruits harvest experience throughout the year.

Strawberry, Grape, Pear, Apple and Persimmon,  in Asakura, Ukiha, Tanushimaru and Yame.