Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Fukuoka-shi is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Fukuoka-shi a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Fukuoka-shi.
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Best of Art and Cultural Places to Visit
Discover the local culture and art of Fukuoka-shi.
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2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0037, Japan
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Though the building you see today is a modern granite construct, the original temple in this location was built in the early 9th century. It is dedicated to the monk Kukai, an important figure in the propagation of Tantrik Buddhism in Japan, who is interred here. The temple's main hall, gate and inner walls surround a large pond in the central cour...
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1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0053, Japan
06:00 am - 09:00 pm
The shrine, dedicated to the kami Hachiman and also the Emperor Ojin and Empress Jingu, is considered to be a national cultural property. The first Prime in the location was built in 923; The structure you see today dates from the late 16th and early 17th century. It is famous for being the place where defeater of the Russian Navy, Admiral Heihachi...
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3 Chome-1-51 Sumiyoshi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0018, Japan
06:00 am - 09:00 pm
During ancient times, those hoping to travel by sea to Japan and China would sometimes take a pilgrimage first, to the three main Sumiyoshi shrines around Japan. This was the last shrine of the pilgrimage. It also happiness to be dedicated to the spirit of poetry. So not only is this most spiritually important, the shrine you see today is actually ...
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3-1 Shimokawabatamachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0027, Japan
10:00 am - 08:00 pm
The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum advertises a catchy USP - they claim to be the world's only art establishment that progressively helps develop and exhibit modern and contemporary Asian art in all the ways that make such art distinct from western artistic styles. This means they focus only on the artistic achievements and evolution of countries such as...
This shrine, though pretty seems to receive a lot of attention purely as a virtue of being close to the Tenjin shopping area. This incidental traffic keep's the shrine's charms active in attention of tourists. Back in the day, local feudal lords used to worship at this shrine, and it is also relevant to historical events such as the revolt of the F...
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1 Chome-29-9 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0011, Japan
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
One of the more remarkable facts about how the city of Fukuoka is laid out is this: even in the busiest and most bustling shopping and business areas, a nearby temple nearby will almost always have a zen-like tranquility to it. Constructed in 1242, this temple is the heart of the Buddhist school of the Tofukuji sect. The temple has significant offe...
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2 Chome-7-1 Atago, Nishi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 819-0015, Japan
08:00 am - 05:30 pm
It's funny that this shrine is not more famous because it is an absolute treasure in every conceivable way. Let's count the ways. Firstly, it was built in 72AD which makes this the oldest shrine in the city. Secondly, it is dedicated to one of the gods of fire - Atago-sama, one of the only three shrines in the country to be dedicated to that god. T...
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Japan, Yubinbango 812- 0037 Fukuoka, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City Gogosho-cho, 6
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Built-in 1195, this was Japan's first Zen Buddhism Temple, focused on the Rinzai sect, introduced by the priest Eisai who brought it over from China. Though you cannot enter the temple building itself there is enough to see in the grounds around it. Check out the many temple gates, the most prominent of which is the Sanmon Gate, which is close to a...
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1-1-1 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001, Japan
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Tourist can be occasionally confused when this park is recommended to them. It looks nothing more than an absolutely normal field where locals come to hang out, kids come to play and occasionally you can see people feeding pigeons or sleeping. But then you raise your eyes to the building next to the park... and it looks like a garden. That's exactl...
Originally located in Imaizumi, this shrine was moved to its current location by Nagamasa Kuroda, first feudal lord of Fukuoka clan, in 1612, as he believed it would protect the city from evil. The shrine is dedicated to the kami of scholarship, Sugawara-no-Michizane. The Tenjin area is named after him, as was called Tenjin (Heavenly One) after his...
How color has two types of handicraft that is more renowned than anything else in the city, these are Hakata Ori (weaving) and Hakata Ningyo (dolls). The museum also focuses on Hakata magemono (woodencraft), Hakata koma (toy top making), and Hakata hariko (paper doll making), Hakata Basami (scissor making), Chikuzen Hakata Ya (arrow making). Watchi...
Even though this shrine is not quite as important as some of the others for the city of Fukuoka, it has great national importance. Its ties to the Imperial Court means that once in every ten years, the emperor of Japan still send an envoy to the shrine. This is because the shrine is believed to have been founded by the Empress Jingu in 200AD. This ...
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5 Chome-2-1 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001, Japan
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
This obligatory museum focusing on the works of local artists isn't bad, but it definitely isn't up to the standards of other sites around the city. Visitors to this attraction usually have an exceptional interest in wanting to get to know the artistic face of the city. The permanent exhibit only features artists who have been active since after th...