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Dazaifu travel guide

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine


Dazaifu is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Fukuoka-prefecture

to experience Japanese traditional culture.

From the late 7th century to the late 12th century, Dazaifu was the western capital

of Japan and controlled Kyushu. Geographically, it served as the front line of

Japan’s diplomacy and defense, as well as it is gate way to the Asian continent.

A special location worth visiting is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, with more than 8.5

million tourists visiting annually.



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.

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.

Shrine Approach path  

Shrine Approach path with 200m starting from Nishitetsu Dazaifu station

and extending to Shingyu which is Ox deity statue.

Through the 1st Torii which is entrance of the Shrine, you can discover

many attractive of Japan, such as souvenir shops, restaurants,

local specialty “Umegaya-mochi” shops, cafes including unique desighed

building Starbucks Coffee

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.



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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Itoshima travel guide

  • Sakurai Futamigaura


Itoshima is located next to Fukuoka-city, the north side is facing Genkai Sea and has intricate

coastline created by dynamic wave.

The plain and several low mountains between the coastline in the north and Seburu mountain

range in the south create beautiful landscape.

The main industries are fishery and agriculture, including rice, fruits and flowers.

Sake rice is also cultivated and there are also Sake Breweries.

You can enjoy various cuisines such as sea food dish, oyster Barbecue, Sushi as well

as Ramen.



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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Kitakyushu travel guide

  • Kokura Castle


Kitakyushu is the 2nd largest city in Kyushu with a population of 920,00 and is located

at the northern tip of Kyushu. It is the gateway between Kyushu and Honshu and has

long between important location for industry shipping and land transport.

Kitakyushu was chosen for Japan’s modern steel industry from the 17 candidate locations

selected all over Japan and Steel works operation was started in 1901.

Since then the city greatly contributed to Japan’s Industrial modernization.


Kitakyushu possesses numerous natural wonders and tourist attractions.

Nature arears including Mt. Sarakura where is one of the most spectacular and dynamic

night views in the world can be seen.

Castle town area Kokura where Japanese traditional culture can be experienced,

Mojiko Retro facing Kanmon Strait where one of the most beautiful Strait in the World

and also Industrial area Yahata where is the birth place of Japan’s Steel industry.

Furthermore, many restaurants of local cuisines and shopping areas



Where to Explore  


Kokura area


Kokura Castle  

Kokura was the transportation hub from Honshu and all areas of Kyushu

during Edo period from 17th to 19th century. The Castle town was

constructed in the Kokura and Kokura Castle was build in 1602 and

spent 7 years construction at the north side of Kokura facing to Kanmon

strait and next to Murasaki river. The height of Castle tower is 6th tallest

in Japan after Himeji Castle.

Kokura Castle Garden

Beautiful Japanese garden with traditional Japanese architecture.

The building was made for the lord’s guest house which a building of the

style of Japanese domestic architecture, located next to Kokura Castle. 

You can enjoy the Tea Ceremony in the Japanese traditional architecture.



Moji area


Mojiko Retro

Moji is the beautiful port town and facing to Kanmon Strait where one of the most

beautiful Strait in the World. On the other side of the Kanmon Strait is Shimonoseki,

more than 500 ships are passing through the Strait everyday.

Moji Port designated as a Japan’s special trading port in 1889.

The area has contributed modernization of Japan as as a trading port.
There are many kind of unique designed building constructed which are harmonized
with European and Japanese culture.
Shopping, eating of local specialities and sightseeing can be enjoyed.


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

Blast Furnace is a Steel plant for making the pig iron from iron

ore and coke. Higashida No.1 Blast Furnace is 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  

The the building for the Head office of the Imperial Steel Works

was constructed in 1899, two years before commencement of

Japan’s Steel Industry. The design of the building is a harmony of

European and Japanese architectural styles. The construction of

the structure below the roof is a European style and uses red

bricks for the outside walls. Aiming to symbolize a Good future for

Japan, the roof was designed with a traditional Japanese triangular

shape and Japanese tiles were used to complete the 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 most dynamic night veiw in the World

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. We offer the most dynamic

night view in the World that you never seen before.

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. 





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.



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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Yanagawa travel guide

  • Yanagawa Canal boat cruise


Yanagawa is a beautiful canal town where with fields of flat land facing the

calm Ariake Sea. The area of Yanagawa was created by reclamation of shallow

Ariake Sea which has existed since and the canal was constructed for people’s

lives and agriculture. Yanagawa  was once a Castle town of the Tachibana

domain. Features of Yanagawa are the Canal boat cruise and Eel cuisine.



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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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.



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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JR Hakata Station


The major railway station in FukuokaIt 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.


     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

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 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

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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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.  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  

















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

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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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.








General information

Address 18-25 Nishitozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

30 minutes by a vehcle from JR Hakata station

35 minutes by a vehcle from Fukuoka Airpot

Open hours

9:30 to 17:30 March to October

9:30 to 17:00 November to February

Admission fee No fee is required
Days closed 1st monday and Yuesday in February, December 31 and January 1







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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