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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  

 

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, and finally across the Genkai Sea.

 


 

Fukutsu

 

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 Japan. Surprisingly, 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.

 


 

Akama  

 

Sake Brewery, Katsuya Shuzo

Katsuya 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.

 


 

Akama Inn town in Karatsu road, made during Edo period​

 


 

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.

 

          Konominato Port 

        to Oshima Island

      Oshima Port


 

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.  For example, even if one is allowed to land on the island, one is forbidden

to speak a word about what one has seen or heard there; and one must never take anything from the

island, not even a twig, blade of grass, or pebble.

 

 

 

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

 

 


 

Oshima

 

 


 

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Yame travel guide

  • Yame Central Tea Plantation

 

Yame is a city of Japanese Tea and Traditional Crafts. Located in the southern part of

Fukuoka-prefecture, 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.

 

 Japan’s largest Stone

 lantern

 Japan’s biggest Gold

 Buddhist Altar

 Hina doll


 

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, mainly in the towns of Miyano, Kyo, and Furumatsu.

 


 

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.

 

 Terraced fields 

 Tea Culture Museum

 Star Culture Center


 

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
Access

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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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 caught. Japanese

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
Access

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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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

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 skin.

 


 

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 while suppressing the momentum of the Chikugo River.

 


 

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
Access

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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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.

 

      To the Shrine

    Shrine main building

 Breath taking view from Shrine


 

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.

 

 Torii Gate, entrance of

 Shrine

 Kyushu’s largest Shrine

 building

 Magnificent view from the

 Shrine


 

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
Access

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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Dazaifu travel guide

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

 

Dazaifu is the highly recommended tourist destination near Fukuoka-city. Must visit place

is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to the deity of lerning. Dazaifu is a historical place,

about 1300 years ago, in Dazaifu, there was a government office to manage the entire

Kyushu  for a long period of 500 years at the present  Dazaifu. There are numbers of

historical sites which reflect to the ancient history of Dazaifu, including ruins of the Dazaifu 

itself. 

 

 

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.

 

   Entrance Gate

    Main Building of Shrine

    Shamusho, Shrine office 


 

Shrine Approach path  

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

Starbucks and Umegae mochi shops.

 

     Torii Gate 

     Approach path

     Approach path 


 

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. Enjoy the luxurious

time in the warmth of wood and the scent of coffee.

 

 


 

    Daruma doll

    Gourd

     Ema tablet


 

   Sacred Cow

    Entrance Bridge

   Chozusha, Purification place


 

Plum Blossoms


 

Umegae-mochi, local speciality

Umegae-mochi rice cake is a specialty of Dazaifu; rice cake filled with sweet bean paste, stamped

in the shape of plum blossom and baked lightly.

 


 

Featured restaurant, Shoseikan

The restaurant is located right behind the Dazaifu Shrine.

 


 

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  

 

Kyokusui-no-en

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
Access

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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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 2019And 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, not only can you see Japanese traditional architecture,

but also enjoy the Tea Ceremony at the Experience Zone.

 


 

Tanga market 

Typical Japanese market, known as “the kitchen” in Kitakyushu-city.  There are more than

120 shops in the 180 metre-long arcade. Here you get a true taste of the culture and sample

the real life style  of the people living in Kitakyushu. You can find fresh, inexpensive fish,

vegetables and meats, as well as local specialties.

 

 

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.

Now, there are many kind of fantastic shops and restaurant along the street.

 


 

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 Station. Mojiko 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 triggered the registration of World

Cultural Heritage of Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution.  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         

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,

construction work took three years, and 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.At that time, there were no

construction machineries, the Steel Works was constructed with human power in just 4 years.

 


 

Nature

 

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 from sea 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. The beautiful night
view is created by combination of industrial zones and rich nature areas.
 

 

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 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.

 


 

Local cuisines 

 

Kawara Sobe

Kawara soba is a local cuisine which Soba noodles and meat are cooked together

on a Kawara (stone roof tile) and dipped into a special sauce when eating it.

 


 

Yaki curry

Yaki curry latterly means baked curry and is local cuisine in Moji which is curry with rice

topped with cheese and/or egg heated in oven. The melted cheese and soft-boiled egg

combine with the spicy curry to enhance its flavor even more.

 


 

 

Eel Restaurant, Chikurintei


 

Dinner at Kokura

 

Ekikara sanjippo yokocho

The place is located on the ground floor of JR Kokura Station. There are 8 restaurants

where local cuisines can be enjoyed.

 

 

 

Tanga Yatai

At night time, food stalls called Yatai open in the square in front of Tanga Market.
Here you can try delicious oden (a stew made from various ingredients) and ramen.

 


 

 

General information  

Address

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

Cabinet designate city

Access

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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JR Hakata Station

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The major railway station in Fukuoka-cityIt is the largest and busiest station in Kyushu,

and is a gateway to other cities in Kyushu for travellers from Honshu.

 

       Hakata-gucbi Side

      Chikushi-guchi Side

     Lobby of the Station


 

The Station building and around station, there are a lot of shops, restaurants as well as hotels.

This area is one of the fascinating tourist destination in Fukuoka-city.

 

     Chikushi-guch Side

    Japanese Restaurant

         

    Yodobashi Camera


 

  Tourist Information Center

  at Hakata Station

      Hakata-guchi Side

      Halata-guchi Side


 

 General information  

Address Hakataeki-chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Access

5 minutes from Fukuoka Airport by Subway 

15 minutes from Kokura by a Shinkansen

50 minutes from Kumamoto by a Shinkansen

1 hour and 54 minutes from Beppu by a Limited Express train

2 hours from Nagasaki by a Limited Express train

1 hour and 40 minutes from Kagoshima-chuo by a Shinkansen

1 hour and 1 minute from Hiroshima by a Shinkansen


 

 

 


 

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Fukuoka travel guide

  • Kushida Shrine

 

Fukuoka-city 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 Kyushu, Hakata 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 where you can find a lot of Cool Japan. The entrance of the

shopping street is located next to Kushida Shrine.

Approximately 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 mirrors. The observation room located at
a height of 123m offers a breath taking and spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of 
Fukuoka-city and Hakata Bay.
 
 

 

Marizon

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.

 


 

Nakasu

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 area, Neon 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

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 

Address

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

Cabinet designate city

Access

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  

Transportation

Airport

  Fukuoka International Airport

  Fukuoka domestic Airport

JR main station : Hakata Station

Ferry

  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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Seaside Momochi

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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.  There are many tourist attractions here. 

 

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 mirrors. The observation room located at a height of
123m offers a breathtaking and spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Fukuoka-city and
Hakata Bay  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Marizon

The complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and is located in Seaside Momochi Park.

 


 

Fukuoka City Museum

The Museum opened on October 18, 1990 as a place for people to learn about and trace

the cultural development of Fukuoka-city through the history of the region and the lifestyle of

its population.


 

Fukuoka Citizens’ Disaster Prevention Center   

The Center has been built to enable citizens to actually experience various types of disasters and

obtain information on how to handle these disasters.

 


 

General information  

Address Momchihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka-city
Access

20 minutes walk from Nishijin Subway Station

20 minutes by a vehicle from Fukuoka Airport

15 minutes by a vehicle from JR Hakata station

30 minutes by a vehicle from Dazaifu

30 minutes by a vehicle from Itoshima

70 minutes by a vehicle from Yanagawa

70 minutes by a vehicle from Kitakyushu-city


 

 

 


 

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