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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.

Buzen Area

Buzen City boasts rich natural surroundings. In the south is Mount Kubotesan, one of the most famous fields of shugendo ascetic training in Japan and a subject of worship since ancient times. In the north, it is blessed with the bounty of the Buzen Sea. Buzen is one of the best known centers for kagura Shinto music and dance, where over the years the people have respected nature and the many wonderful views it provides them.

The Buzen Sea

The coast that stretches along the north of Buzen is known as the Buzen Sea with a large tidal flat. It is renowned for the full-flavored delicacies such as “Buzenkai Hitotsubu Oyster” and the “Buzen Crab” (swimming crab). At low tide the general public can enjoy the bounty of the sea by tatehoshiami-ryo (fence-net fishing utilizing the ebb and flow of the tide) between May and October, or shellfish gathering along the coast from March to May. It is like a paddy field with seawater, isn’t it?

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Spring water at Sui-jinja Water Shrine

This mysterious place is a shrine at the foot of the mountains, and from the roots of an 800 year old camphor tree gushes a mineral spring that produces over 1,000 tons of water per day. You can understand why from long ago priests and monks would come to this shrine to purify themselves with this water. Nowadays many people visit for the water and rice cooked with the water is said to be delicious (Water collection fee ¥100). Cup your hands and drink the water for a sweet mellow easy-to-drink taste. Throughout the ages, and today, people have gathered at this sacred place to drink the special water. It is nice to see this unchanged scene.

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Spring water at Sui-jinja Water Shrine
  (708 Hata Buzen-shi Buzen Tourism Promotion Section)

Kubote Rural Scenery

Mt. Kubote is located in the south of Buzen and still maintains the strong influence of Shugendo asceticism, born of the worship of the mountain. At the foot of the Mt. Kubote, you can see the harmony of rice terraces built of natural rocks into the mountain and the Japanese houses. Enjoy the scene of how peoples’ lifestyles fused with the mountain terrain. This kind of rural landscape was once the norm, but now it is carefully looked after as Designated Important Cultural Heritage and Scenic Beauty. Relax in the countryside, breath the fresh country air and listen to the gentle sound of running water.

Kubote Rural Scenery
  (Toriihata Buzen)
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Iwato Kagura *September to December
(Traditional Shinto theatrical dance)
Buzen Iwato Kagura dance is a Fukuoka Prefecture Designated Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. There are currently six groups who are maintaining the heritage of the kagura, and they perform annually from September to December every year at about 50 shrines in the city. The performances are divided into three main types: Shiki Kagura, Hohnoh Kagura and Yudate Kagura. Of these the Yudate Kagura has been specially influenced by the tradition of shugendo ascetic training at Mt. Kubote. The sight of monks climbing a 10m pole and firewalkers, who remind of the yamabushi, shugendo followers, is spectacular.

【Enquiries】

Buzen City Exchange Center/ Keichiku Kagura Cultural Heritage Hall
Tel.0979-53-9535

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