Built in 1910, this historic French Renaissance–style building, a nationally registered important cultural property, can be found just across the river from Tenjin Chūō-kōen. There's an English-language guide via smartphone app.

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Nearby Fukuoka attractions

1. ACROS Fukuoka

0.11 MILES

Inside this unique building are a tourist-information centre (1st floor), cultural-information centre (2nd floor) and craft gallery. The building itself…

2. Tenjin Chūō-kōen

0.13 MILES

Some attractive historic Western architecture populates this park near city hall, most notably the French Renaissance–style Kihinkan, dating from 1910 and…

3. Fukuoka City Hall

0.18 MILES

There's no particular reason to visit Fukuoka's boxy skyscraper of a city hall, but the large building is good for orientation, just west of Tenjin-chūō…

4. Akarenga Bunka-kan

0.18 MILES

This red-brick, copper-turreted British-style building from 1909 has simple historical exhibits and a charming coffee shop. The architect, Tatsuno Kingō,…

5. Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

0.26 MILES

On the upper floors of the Hakata Riverain mall, this large museum houses the world-renowned Asia Gallery, and additional galleries for special…

6. Kego-Jinja

0.36 MILES

This popular Shintō shrine is set right in the midst of the city, steps from Tenjin Station. While it's not as grand as some other religious sites in town…

7. Kushida-jinja

0.37 MILES

The intimate Kushida-jinja, municipal Shintō shrine of Hakata, traces its history to AD 757 and sponsors the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Matsuri, in which…