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CooL Japan Guide / One-day trip / Fukuoka, Kyushu


(The Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall)

Visiting the most crowded festival in Japan 'Hakata Dontaku' and the God of learning in the town that has fostered history and culture since ancient times.

Traveling: Hakata Station > (7 minutes by subway) > Gion Station > (5-minute walk) > Kushida-jinja Shrine > Hakata-machiya Furusatokan Hall > (10-minute walk) > Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station (20 minutes by Limited Express/local train) > Nishitetsu Dazaifu Station > (5-minute walk) > Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine > (3-minute walk) > Kyushu National Museum > (5-minute walk) > Komyozen-ji Temple > (8-minute walk) > Nishitetsu Dazaifu Station > (20 minutes by train) > Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station > Subway Tenjin Station > (5 minutes by subway) > Ohori Park > (3 minutes by subway) > Nishijin Station > (10 minutes by bus) > Fukuoka Tower
Visit the Link: http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/routes/g_route/golden_fukuoka.html
Canal City Hakata

(Canal City Hakata)

A 7-minute subway ride from Hakata Station takes you to a large shopping mall that runs along a 180-meter canal. 'Canal City Hakata' contains movie theaters, live theaters, hotels, restaurants and stores. ...

Kushida-jinja Shrine
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(Fukuoka (Hakata) - Kushida-jinja Shrine)

Situated nearby is the 'Kushida-jinja Shrine', dedicated to the god guarding the town of Hakata. This shrine is also the departing point for parades at big festivals such as 'Hakata Dontaku' on May 3 and 4 ...

'Hakata-machiya Furusatokan' Hall

('Hakata-machiya Furusatokan')

The 'Hakata-machiya Furusatokan' Hall stands in front of this shrine, and a century-old folk house has been moved here to serve as a museum introducing the lifestyle and culture of Hakata about 100 years ago. ...

Traveling: Walk towards Tenjin, and then take the Limited Express and a local train on the Nishitetsu line from Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station to get to Nishitetsu Dazaifu Station.

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

(Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine)

A 5-minute walk from there is the 'Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine' dedicated to Sugawara Michizane (845-903), the god of learning. Many believe that prayers offered here have the power to expel evil and ensure family safety as well as boost academic skills, so 6.5 million people visit this shrine every year. Lucky charms, notebooks, pencils and 'hachimaki (headbands)' worn as a sign of devotion to making ones best effort are very popular as souvenirs. ...

Kyushu National Museum
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(Kyushu National Museum)

The 'Kyushu National Museum' stands in the forest and a tunnel connects it to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. The displays featured in the 'Main Exhibition Rooms' on the 4th floor are exclusive to Kyushu, an area that has retained a profound connection with Asia since ancient times. ...

Komyozen-ji Temple
Archivo:Komyozenji temple garden 1.JPG
(Komyozen-ji Temple)

Walk another 5 minutes from the museum to get to the 'Komyozen-ji Temple' built in 1273 by a monk related to the Sugawaras enshrined in the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. ...

Traveling: Return to Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station from Nishitetsu Dazaifu Station.

Ohori Park

(Ohori Park)

Change to the subway at Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station and go to Ohori Park. This park opened in 1929 on the site of Fukuoka Castle. It is modeled after Lake Xi Hu (West Lake) in China and has a Japanese garden, Noh theater and art museum. If you have a chance, why not take in a Noh play?

Fukuoka Tower

(Fukuoka Tower)

Travel to Nishijin Station by subway and then take a bus to 'Fukuoka Tower'. Rising to 235 meters, this is the tallest tower standing on a sea front in Japan. A grand panoramic view is commanded from the observation room (123 meters high) on the top floor. You can, of course, also enjoy the night view with its beautiful lights. The exterior of the unique triangular structure is covered with 8000 half-mirror panels.

Yahoo! Japan Dome

(Yahoo! Japan Dome)

Around the tower you'll find restaurants facing the ocean as well as shopping and other facilities. The Hawks Town Mall stands next to 'Yahoo! Japan Dome', the home of the professional baseball team. ...

Marine World Umi-no-nakamichi

(Marine World Umi-no-nakamichi)

There is a high-speed boat landing nearby, so if you have time you can visit the national 'Umi-no-nakamichi Seaside Park', which takes about 15 minutes by high-speed boat. The facilities in this vast park include an amusement park with a huge Ferris wheel, the 'Dobutsu-no-mori (animal forest)' where you can spend time watching all kinds of animals, and also bicycle paths, a swimming pool and open lawn spaces, so you will not run out of things to do even if you spend the whole day there. ...

Food Stalls

(Hakata Food Stalls)

Return to Tenjin and enjoy some food at the food stalls, which are a specialty of Fukuoka. Many of them sell Hakata ramen noodles renowned for their thinness, and tasty pork bone soup with a simple relish, generally with toppings of just leeks and Chinese-style barbecued pork. ...

Karashi Mentaiko

(Hakata Karashi Mentaiko)

Another popular local product of Fukuoka is karashi mentaiko, spicy-seasoned Alaska pollack roe flavored with red pepper powder. The flavor seems somehow related to the active exchange between Fukuoka and the Korean Peninsula.

By TS on Aug 25, 2012
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