Kyūshū National Museum
Kyūshū National Museum information
Built into the tranquil hills of Dazaifu and reached through a colour-shifting tunnel, this striking structure (built in 2005) resembles a massive space station for the arts. Highlights include a fascinating exhibit of the relationship between Japanese arts and culture and those of the rest of Asia, stone carvings of AD 1st-century women with spears on horseback and a delicate 13th-century oil-spot tenmoku tea bowl. Self-guided audio tours and HD video theatre are free, and there's a wonderful 'please touch' section for the youngest visitors.