Meet the city with an history longer than 1,000 years: Hakata, Fukuoka
Since Hakata had been the place to import different cultures from foreign countries for more than a thousand years, it had been the place to adopt the latest culture to Japan. Let’s discover the history of this international port city with your otomo guide!
There used to be times that people struggled to import stuff and knowledge from China while not having decent boats and technology and there used to be times that Japan tried to catch up with foreign countries with the technology imported from China.
There are many things imported from foreign countries that are now essential to Japanese daily life.
Don’t forget to book your tour to discover the history of the international city!
・Take a close look at the ruin older than 1,300 years!
・Walk through the park using the spacious site that used to be the moat of a castle! Take a look at the whole city from the spot that used to be the center of politics: Fukuoka castle. Let’s think about the thoughts of the lord of the castle of 400 years ago!
・Discover the history of Japanese food! Many of Japanese foods that are deeply rooted in the daily life are imported from foreign countries through this international port city!
Korokan Ruins Museum: Let’s start your tour with a remain older than 1,300 years. This place used to be the reception hall to welcome ambassadors from foreign countries. The excavated traded goods show the history of the international port city: Fukuoka.
Ohori Park: This is a park using the moat of a castle of 400 years ago. You can guess how big the castle was from the size of the park!
Starbucks Fukuoka Ohori Park: Let’s take a break at a café while observing the beautiful park! It is a famous café that you can find in every city but this one is a “green store” which has a design that has the environment taken into account.
Fukuoka Castle History Exploration Hall: You will move on to the center of Fukuoka castle. You will learn how the castle was like from an old map and a reconstructed model! You will be surprised how powerful the government was by the large area governed by the lord of Fukuoka castle. Let’s find your hotel on the old map!
Fukuoka Castle Ruins: There used to be a huge controversy over how Japan should deal with foreign countries 150 years ago. Fukuoka used to be an international city so the controversy had a huge impact on this place. The lord of the castle must have struggled while looking at the city from the castle.
Hakata Machiya Folk Museum: Hakata-ori, the traditional handcraft of Hakata has its origin in China. This technique was imported from China 800 years ago and adopted in a Japanese way. You can watch how experienced craftsmen make Hakata dolls!
Hakata Sennen-no-mon Gate: Walk through this beautiful gate and let”s start your tour to discover the culture imported from foreign cultures! Not only the gate itself but also the stone paving you see after walking through the gate that is beautiful!!
Shofuku-ji Temple: A temple where “sencha”: green tea is originated from. Grean tea is essential to the modern Japanese life but it is a foreign culture brought into Japan! The peaceful premises itself is also beautiful!
Mitsuyasu Seika-en: A traditional tea shop with a history of longer than 300 years. Let's have a cup of green tea and look back the spots and information you learned on the tour!
・Please come in comfortable clothing, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・We have not included any particular lunch/dinner places in this tour, but you are welcome to stop for a break and eat at resting spots.
・On Mondays "HAKATA MACHIYA FOLK MUSEUM" and on Sundays "Mitsuyasuseikaen" are closed. If any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
・Fukuoka castle ruin is a spot where you cannot enter with wheelchairs. In that case, your tour guide will take you to an alternative location.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
In front of the North gate on the Nishitetsu Fukuoka(Tenjin) Station. The square that got off the escalator