Q. What kind of sightseeing spots are there in Fukuoka City?

A: You can visit a number of shrines, temples, historical buildings and scenic views of the picturesque Hakata Bay all within a half day from the Fukuoka City Center of Tenjin.

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Q. What sightseeing spots are there in the Fukuoka City vicinity?

A: About a 30 minute train ride from Fukuoka City will take you to the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. The surrounding area has a lot of places to see such as the ruins of government offices from the Nara Period through to the Heian Period, Japan’s oldest Buddhist temple bell and numerous images of Buddha, which have been designated as national important cultural properties. Japan’s fourth national museum is also located in Dazaifu. About another 20 minutes by train will take you to Yanagawa, which features a series of canals. A boat ride down these canals will take you past the former residence of the Tachibana Clan’s Feudal Lord. The striking Ariake Sea cuisine and Unagi no Seiro-mushi (steamed eel and rice) is a local delicacy.

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Q. I have 3 days in Kyushu. What can I see?

A: Starting from Fukuoka there are many ways to enjoy your trip. For example a visit to the natural beauty of Aso-san in Kumamoto Prefecture, seeing the famous porcelain ware in Arita, Saga Prefecture, and the ethnic culture influence of Nagasaki, as well as numerous hot springs.

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Q. Where can I experience traditional Japanese culture?

A: Just 3 minutes by subway or 10 minutes by bus from downtown Tenjin in Fukuoka City will take you to Ohori Koen Park. Adjacent to the park are facilities including a Noh theatre, an art museum and a traditional Japanese garden. Here you can watch the Noh stage or experience the Japanese Tea Ceremony.

Q. Where can I bathe in a hot spring?

A: There is a convenient hot spring district on the outskirts of Fukuoka City, just 5 minutes by car from JR Futsukaichi Station. In addition the Harazuru Onsen hot spring district along the Chikugo River is about 1 hour by bus. The area is famous for its ayu sweetfish cuisine and the traditional Japanese cormorant fishing technique to catch the fish.
By taking expressway buses from Fukuoka, you can also visit some of Japan’s popular hot spring resorts including Yufuin in Oita, Kurokawa in Kumamoto and Takeo in Saga.

Q. What kind of souvenirs are there in Fukuoka?

A: Traditional arts and craft items include Hakata dolls, goods made from Hakata ori woven fabrics, Tenugui hand towels, washi paper items and Japanese kitchen knives.

Q. Can I go to markets in Fukuoka?

A: Just a 15 minute walk from Tenjin in central Fukuoka is the Yanagibashi Markets, and just a 15 minute bus ride will take you to the Central Wholesale Markets.