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Bringing you fantastic Fukuoka through the eyes of foreigners living in the Prefecture and the fun places they want their family and friends from throughout the world to come and visit.

Hakata & Yamakasa Course

The Hakata district of Fukuoka City has long been a transportation hub for Kyushu and Asia. The area continues to evolve as Kyushu’s largest city, with the transportation center of Fukuoka Airport, Hakata Station and Hakata Port. The geographical advantages of the area have supported Hakata merchants as they do business domestically and internationally. However, by setting foot in the backstreets you will discover the Hakata of olden days is still alive and well.

Ishimura Manseido

This Japanese-style sweet shop is a landmark for locals (known as “Hakata-kko”) with its traditional whitewash walls and billboard on its tiled roof. The business was founded in 1905 and is located at the finishing line of the Hakata Yamakasa festival, a special place for Hakata-kko. The most famous product is the Tsuru-no-ko, which is shaped like a crane’s egg made of marshmallow with sweet yellow bean paste inside. The Hakata-born Tsuru-no-ko has a history of over 100 years. Customers are served with free Japanese tea, and you can feel the history of the area as you eat sweets and look at the old maps of Hakata on display.

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Ishimura Manseido (Japanese text only)
  (2-1 Suzaki-machi Hakata-ku Fukuoka-shi)

Kushida Shrine

The Kushida Shrine is the center to pray to the local gods and is affectionately called “O-Kusahida-san” by the locals. The Shrine has many things to see, including the permanent display of a decorative float from one of Hakata’s three most famous festivals Hakata Gion Yamakasa, and the Reisentsuru Well that gushes water which is said to promote longevity. And check out the “Hakata-bei” artistic wall. After medieval wars, the earthen wall was made by burying rubble of war such as burnt stones and tiles. Not only is the wall artistically attractive, but portrays the power and strength of the Hakata-kko.

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Kushida Shrine
  (1-41 Kamikawabata-machi Hakata-ku Fukuoka-shi)

Hakata Kikuhide Knife Store

This specialist knife store is located in front of Reizen Park. It is an indispensable part of the Hakata district where professionals go to get their knives and scissors sharpened. The store was established 80 years ago and the workspace in the corner where the craftsman plies his trade takes your breath away. The rows of original knives and scissors, and the feeling of freshly sharpened blades is so beautiful.

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Hakata Kikuhide Knife Store (Japanese text only)
(4-18 Tenya-machi Hakata-ku Fukuoka-shi)

Endo Shoten

Since Endo Shoten was established in 1910, this toy and candy store has been loved by many. The store features randomly stacked boxes of toys and candies. Shopping there is like and exciting treasure hunt. You can find yoyos and masks that are often found at Japanese festivals. Coming here is the first step in acquiring a taste for Japanese cuisine. Why don’t you try natto flavored sweets?

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●Endo Shoten
(6-4 Tsunaba-machi Hakata-ku Fukuoka-shi)
This festival boasts over 770 years of history. Many people who moved away from Hakata for work or other reasons return to their hometown just for this festival. 14 decorative floats are on display throughout the city, and over the 15 days of the festival you can see groups of men dressed in happi coats and loin cloths being sprayed with spiritual water as they race through the streets in the most exciting time of the year in Hakata.

【Venue】

Kushida Shrine and other locations

【Kushida Shrine and other locations】
Jul. 1st Kazariyama Decorative Floats Display (to 14th)
9th Oshioitori Event
10th Nagaregaki Race Training
11th Asayamakasa Morning Training / Race Training
12th Oiyamanarashi Race Rehearsal
13th Shudan Yamamise Event
14thNagaregaki Race Training
15th Oiyama Race Finale
【Enquiries】
Fukuoka Convention and Visitors Bureau Tel.092-733-5050
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