JR Kyushu Rail Pass (Fukuoka Wide)
Karatsu is most famous for its fresh squid! The city has many restaurants where you can enjoy squid in a variety of ways, including sashimi and tempura. When you arrive at Karatsu, try this famous food first!
Once you’ve eaten your fill, take a stroll and explore the city of Karatsu.
At Takatori-tei (the Former Takatori Residence), relax in the modern spaces where Japanese and Western style meet. The view of the Genkai-nada Sea from Karatsu Castle is also magnificent!
Hikiyama Exhibition Hall exhibits the Hikiyama floats used in Karatsu’s most famous festival, Karatsu Kunchi. Take a photograph with these unique Hikiyama floats.
Hikiyama Exhibition Hall
9:00 – 17:00
Closed: Dec. First Tuesday and Wednesday, 29–31th
This elegant café prides itself on its interiors, filled with antique-style furniture, and the delicate flavors of its cakes! It always uses the freshest of in-season fruits. Tired from all that walking? Why not take a break and enjoy something sweet? We recommend their most popular cake, the Macaron.
"CARAVAN" is a steak restaurant where you can enjoy Saga Beef and Imari Beef steak. The meat prepared by the hospitable chefs is exquisite! The delicious taste is sure to leave you smiling.
The rich and thick tonkotsu broth, which has been made continuously for many years, and the thin noodles that are typical of Fukuoka are a perfect match! The flavor is quite mild, so anyone can make short work of this delicious ramen.
Taiho Ramen (Main Store)
11:00 – 21:00 Closed: New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)
Kurume City Art Museum is the arts center of Kurume. The many and varied exhibits and the garden, complete with pond, have become a place for Kurume’s residents to soothe their bodies and souls. Why not take a stroll around this beautiful garden?
In the Arcade, check out the Bussan-kan, with its wide range of Kurume’s local specialties. As well as traditional craft items such as Kurume Kasuri textiles, the extensive range also includes ramen, sake, and confections. Our recommendation is the non-fried karinto, a brown-sugar coated snack with a mild flavor, made with healthy green peas.
Kurume Bussan-kan Mutsumon Store
10:00 – 19:00
Closed: Year-end/New Year holidays (Dec. 29 – Jan. 3)
Address: 1F Mutsumon building, 7-13 Mutsumonmachi, Kurume, Fukuoka
Ushijima Seicha is a specialty store that uses tea leaves grown in Yame, Fukuoka’s tea-growing region. The Kurume Station Store inside Kurume Station has a café space where you can enjoy the rich, deep flavors of matcha desserts! We recommend the Matcha Parfait.
ROKKAKUDO prides itself on its chicken cuisine, made with Kurume’s fresh locally-raised chicken. The Kurume specialty yakitori pairs especially well with beer! Try a variety of chicken dishes from their extensive range.
11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 23:00 (LO 22:00) *22:00 on Sundays（LO 21:30）
Closed: Monday, Irregular occasions
Address: 2F JR Kurume Station, 2-34 Jonanmachi, Kurume, Fukuoka
This restaurant prides itself on its house-made craft beer and delicious cuisine made with beer. As well as Mojiko’s famous piping-hot baked curry (YAKI-CURRY), the springy texture of the home-made pizza dough, which is made with beer yeast, is exquisite! Propose a toast to your travel memories as you gaze out over the harbor.
Miyajidake Shrine in Fukutsu, one of the hottest spots in Fukuoka. The shrine has many and varied events, including the Road of Light, in which the road leading to the shrine is illuminated by the evening sun just second a year, and various seasonal festivals. There are eight small sub-shrines inside the shrine grounds, and it is said that if you visit them all, your prayers will be answered. Look out for the ""Lucky cow"" in an unexpected place!
Plenty of stylish cafés, restaurants, and bars line Fukuma Beach Road, with Fukuma Beach at its center. The completely unobstructed view of the sunset from the beach is magnificent! A perfect place to visit as a couple or on a girls’ trip.
Nishifukuma 4-chome, Fukutsu-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Just outside the Hakata Exit of Hakata Station, "Ekimae Hiroba" is an unmissable photo spot. At night, the lights of Hakata Station Building and KITTE Hakata create an urbane beauty that draws the eye. At Christmas time every year, the Plaza is home to a Christmas Market and beautiful illuminations! A wonderful evening awaits.
At Kokura Castle Japanese Garden, you can enjoy both strolling around and casually trying out tea ceremony. Enjoy the scenery that changes with each season and sweets served along with the tea to experience the beauty of Japan’s four seasons and culture. The garden is particularly recommended in fall, when the leaves turn red.
Kokura Castle Japanese Garden
9:00-18:00 (*Nov.-Mar. : 9:00-17:00)
(last entry: 30 minutes before closing time)
Open All Year Round
This museum is the Manga speciality museum where recognized as one of Japanese Anime 88-Stop Pilgrimages. Special corner of “Matsumoto Reiji”, Japanese famous comic artist, and area where you can read from a collection of around 50,000 volumes of manga are popular from a lot of people! They have exhibition about Manga or Animation, and some drawing manga workshops (both occasionally held). Don’t miss it!
Have you ever heard of a toilet museum?! This is TOTO’s, a company with headquarters in Kitakyushu, museum. And they exhibits its "Washlet*" alongside other plumbing devices. They introduce about Japanese culture and history of plumbing devices, their wish of manufacturing!
* Washlet is a registered trademark of TOTO.
10:00-17:00 (last entry: 16:30)
Closed: Mondays, the summer holiday period, and the year end period
The beautiful Ryotei Aogiri is housed in an elegant building that is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property. The restaurant’s Oju Kaiseki is a masterpiece that allows diners to casually enjoy a Japanese banquet. The meal was put together in the image of Japan’s four seasons, and incorporates many delicate dishes. It is only available at lunch, so make sure you make a reservation before coming! Also recommended other Kaiseki dishes too.
*Reservations are recommended. Priority will be given to customers with advance reservations.
This museum teaches visitors about the history of Tagawa City, which used to boast one of the highest coal mining outputs in Japan, as well as how coal is formed. It is located a 5-minute walk from Tagawaita Station. There is also an exhibition of works by Sakubei Yamamoto, an artist included on the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. The tower and twin chimneys in the neighboring Coal Commemorative Park are quite a sight to behold.
Tagawa City Coal and History Museum
9:30-17:30(last entry: 17:00)
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a public holiday, it will be closed on Tuesday instead. If Tuesday onward are also public holidays, it will be closed on the next weekday after the public holiday has finished.) Year end period (Dec. 29 - Jan. 3)
*There may be extra days where the museum is closed.
Kawara Station on the JR Hitahikosan Line. The popular OLLE hiking route from the station allows hikers to experience vast nature. Bus times are displayed in the tourist information counter inside the station, where you can also get your hands on pin badges featuring Kawara’s mascot character, Kakki-kun!
The station building of Saidōsho Station on the JR Hitahikosan Line has a distinct modern design that hasn’t changed in around 100 years. The sight of the train coming into the station from a tunnel feels somewhat nostalgic. In spring, the station is famous for its cherry blossoms and canola flowers!
JR Saidōsho Station
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is where Fukuoka people go to relax. There are many zones in the staggering 300-hectare area of the park, such as an "Animal Forest" where visitors can interact with animals, and a “Flower Museum” where visitors can enjoy the flowers of the four seasons! The park is really large, so it’s a good idea to rent a bicycle to go around with. It’s fun for all the family!
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
Mar. 1 to Oct. 31: 9:30–17:30, Nov. 1 to end of Feb. : 9:30–17:00.
*Park open 9:00–18:30 on days when the pool is open.
Closed: Year-end/New Year holiday (12/31-1/1), First Monday and next day on February
*There are possibility to close when use of facility can not be kept due to weather condition (typhoon, heavy rain, earthquake, TSUNAMI...).
Hakozaki Shrine is famous as a shrine for bringing good fortune and success. Highlights to be enjoyed all-year-round include seasonal festivals and the flower garden. There are also items with spiritual energy in the grounds of the shrine that bring luck when you touch them, and a place where you wash coins with sacred water and take them back to wish for longevity, happiness, and good fortune. Come to Hakozaki Shrine and recharge your spiritual energy!