A Classic One Day Course to Enjoy Fukuoka and Daizaifu!
This course features places you must visit on your trip to Fukuoka, including Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, the Tenjin entertainment district and Fukuoka Tower in Fukuoka city, and the Yatai food stalls where you can enjoy local cuisine! Make use of public transportation as you visit these destinations!
- Days required
- 1 Day
- Transport Options
- Train / Bus / Walking
Approximately 20 minutes by train from Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station to Dazaifu Station, 5 minutes walk to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
This Fukuoka Power spot is where you will find Sugawara-no-Michizane, god of learning, enshrined.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is one of the largest shrines in Kyushu. Here is enshrined Sugawara-no-Michizane, known as the god of learning, and worshippers come from throughout Japan and the world to pray here. The spacious grounds of the shrine are filled with over 6,000 plum trees and irises, including the sacred Tobi-ume plum tree, which together offer changing scenery throughout the seasons.
|4-7-1 Zaifu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Office
|Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Opening times.
6:30am-7:00pm (varies according to season and facility)
New Year opening and closing times (31 Dec - 4 Jan)
The gates open at 6:30 on 31 December and 24 hours on the three New Year's days.
The gates close on the evening of 4 January, depending on the number of worshippers.
Prayers are accepted from around 8:45am until around 5:00pm.
Treasure House and Suga Lord History Museum
9:00am-4:30pm (admission until 4:00pm).
|Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.
The Treasure House
Mondays (open if Monday is a public holiday)
Suga-ko History Museum
A short walk
Stroll down the approach to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Take a leisurely stroll along the approach to the shrine while comparing different Umegae Mochi rice cakes!
The area around Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is lined with souvenir shops and cafes.
Umegae Mochi, a famous confection from the area, is made by wrapping a Mochi rice cake around sweet bean paste (Anko) and grilling it, and then branded with the mark of a plum (Ume) flower. There are many shops selling Umegae Mochi along the approach to the shrine, so be sure to enjoy some when it’s hot and freshly grilled.
|4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Approximately 5 minutes walk, then about 30 minutes by train from Nishitetsu Dazaifu Station. Get off at Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station.
Tenjin is considered the very center of Kyushu in terms of business, tourism, and fashion. This bustling town that expertly fuses business and shopping districts sits at the center with streets and districts radiating outward, including Nishi-Dori street, Oyafuku Dori street, Nakasu, Bayside Place Hakata, and Canal City Hakata. It is also a convenient location for public transportation with buses, subways, and trains.
|Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
About 10 minutes by bus
Fukuoka City Museum
Here you will find numerous artifacts on display from Fukuoka, that prospered through trade with China from ancient times. Some of the items you must see are the King of Na gold seal discovered on Shikanoshima Island, and the gorgeous Nihon-Go spear that is sung about in the Fukuoka folk song Kurota-Bushi. You can also interact with Asian toys and rare musical instruments at the Mitaiken Lab hands-on learning space. The museum shop also features a plethora of original items, such as the King of Na gold seal replica, so stop by to grab some souvenirs.
|3-1-1 Momochihama, Sawara Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
|Every Monday (The next day in case of a National Holiday); New Year’s Holidays (December 28 - January 4)
Approximately 5 minutes by bus
At a total height of 234 meters, the Fukuoka Tower is the highest seaside tower in Japan. The observation room at the very top offers a beautiful 360 degree panoramic view of the streets of Fukuoka and Hakata Bay. The view, selected for the 100 Top Night Views list, is simply amazing. You simply can’t miss the sparkling city lights at night or the sun setting over Hakata Bay.
Numerous events are held throughout the seasons. The city is illuminated throughout the year, with the cherry blossoms, Christmas, and moonlight viewing popular seasonal attractions.
|2-3-26 Momochihama, Sawara Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
|9:30am - 10pm (9pm from October to March)
|Two days in June (Undetermined)
Approximately 20 minutes by bus to Tenjin
Yatai food stalls
The Yatai food stalls are the symbol of the Fukuoka nightlife! Enjoy options from classic street food to creative cuisine.
When night arrives in Fukuoka, the Yatai food stalls seem to come out of nowhere. These food stalls offer a wide variety of foods to try, from the classics such as Tonkotsu ramen, Yakitori, Gyoza dumplings, and Oden, to original, creative cuisine. You can’t make a trip to Fukuoka without experiencing the lively nightlife and gourmet cuisine of the Fukuoka Yatai!
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1 Day in Yanagawa : Immerse yourself in the historic atmopshere of this Edo Period castle town
2 Days in Yame : Explore a samurai castle town and spend a night in a luxuriously restored historical building.
1 Day in Asakura : Healing Hot Springs
1 Day in Kitakyushu : Historic Exploration and Retro Vibes
A Classic Plan! Your First Overnight Trip to Fukuoka!
1 Day in Dazaifu : A Spiritual Journey
Mojiko Retro Walk and Outlet Shopping Course
1 Day in Okagaki : Cycling to the peaceful sound of the ocean waves.
1 Day in Toho Village : Exploring the mountain home of the 350-year-old tradition of Koishiwarayaki pottery.
2 Days in Southern Fukuoka : Experience one of Japan’s best green teas, Yamecha
A Classic Plan! An Overnight Trip to Kitakyushu
2 Days in Kitakyushu : Enjoy fishing and fresh seafood cuisine in one of Japan’s most historic port towns
Long Stay in Yame : Workation in Fukuoka’s Tea Country
1 Day in Ukiha : Art Exploration in Fukuoka
2 Days on Oshima : Enjoy Island Life
2 Days in Munakata : A relaxing day in a laid-back seaside town.
2 Days in Kama : “Shower Climbing” waterfalls in Fukuoka’s Pristine Mountains
1 Day in Yame : A traditional indigo dyeing experience from Japan’s Edo Period (Part 1)
1 Day in Chikugo : A traditional indigo dyeing experience from Japan’s Edo Period (Part 2)