Welcome to Northern Kyūshū

Get even a little bit away from an urban centre and you'll be surrounded by a patchwork of rice fields that can extend for miles. There's excellent hiking in the mountains, a coastline that's relatively untouched, and quiet rural towns and villages to explore.

While tourists have become more common in the past few decades, they are still somewhat of a rarity, so expect a few stares and the occasional question.

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$671.98 Private & Custom Tours

Private Full-Day Fukuoka Custom Tour by Chartered Vehicle

This is a private tour by a chartered vehicle. Using this service, you can charter your vehicle taxi, van, or bus, whichever is most suitable for your group and visit many attractive sightseeing spots. You don't have to hurry for other tourists, as this tour is only for your group.Tour route is flexible and can be arranged upon your request.Recommended sites: Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine - Located outside of Fukuoka City and is Considered as the god of knowledge and the god of calligraphy because Sugawara Michizane, the great poet, scholar and politician of the Heian period of Jan is sacrificed here. A lot of parents visit here praying for the success of their children in passing the University entrance examination. Canal City - Large shopping and entertainment complex, calling itself a "city within the city". Attractions include about 250 shops, cafes and restaurants, a theater, game center, cinemas, two hotels and a canal running through the complex. Fukuoka Tower - Standing 234 meters tall, Fukuoka Tower is far and away the city's highest building. An observation deck is located at 123 meters from where visitors can get a good look of the surrounding city and Hakata Bay.

$112.90 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Airport Transfer: Between Fukuoka Airport (FUK) and Fukuoka Hotels

Avoid the last minute hassle of a taxi and simply arrange your private transfer prior to your trip. An experienced driver will meet you at the Fukuoka International Airport exit or your hotel lobby and take you to your designated destination. With this transfer service, you can forget about carrying your luggage with you in a country that you are not familiar with. Even if you are traveling with a large group, there is no need to hassle with carrying everything with you as you can simply put everything into the car. There is no need to go looking for a large taxi at the Fukuoka International Airport or hotel to accommodate you. This transfer service can cover any size group from a single traveler to a group of 35 people. There are several car types in order to match your group size. You will have a comfortable and safe trip to or from the airport in Fukuoka.

$526.39 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kunisaki Peninsula 2 Days Tour: into a world of religion and history

What is Kunisaki peninsula?Kunisaki Peninsula is an isolated mountainous region deep in rural Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. It is known as sacred place where ascetic Buddhist monks trained to attain spiritual enlightenment.The landscape shaped by volcanoes, such as Futago-san Mountain located in the centre of the peninsula , the area is rich in natural resources such as andesite and tuff.As a result, you will find Fudo Myo-o carved in cliffs and rocks in river and also stone statues of Nio around the area. It is said that 80% of stone statues of Nio is found in Kunisaki Peninsula. Apart from status of Nio, thanks to unique local religious culture, you will also find various Buddhism statues in many different expressions, in anger, modesty, humorous and so on.Itinerary [Day 1] 8:32am Depart from Hakata station move to Usa station by bullet train and express. - Meet the guide at Usa station. Ticket will be handed in advance.Please be careful not to miss the specified train. Usa Jingu (60mins) - It is known as the birthplace of syncretization of Shinto and Buddhism. Shittoui experience (40mins) - Shittoui is the rush known as the material for Tatami mat. -Experience the production of rush products.  Lunch time (60mins) - Lunch is not included. Futago temple (70mins) - See the famous stone statue of Nio - See the GOMADAKI(a buddism fire celemony with burning wood sticks) Gotsuji-fudoson (70mins) - Superb view from the summit of Mt.Fudo. Shojoko-temple ( 30mins) - The temple with Torii Matama coast and Kaimon hot spring ( 60mins) - Panoramic sunset view from the coast. - Enjoy reserved private hot spring. Stay at the inn Yugennoyado (1night) - Dinner and breakfast is included. [Day 2] Farm work experience (30mins) Fuki-Temple (40mins) - Zen meditation at the temple. Onie history museum and Kawanaka-Fudo,Tennen-temple ( 60mins) - Watching the movie about the traditional festival. Lunch time (60mins) - Lunch is not included. Asahi-kannon and Yuuhi-kannon (10mins) - Look down the panoramic landscape of Tashibuno-sho (UNESCO Future heritage) Maki-oodo and Kumano-magaibutsu (80mins) - Visit the historically valuable Buddha statues. 4:49pm Back to Hakata station - Tour ends at the Usa station. - Move to Hakata on your own.

$55.68 Classes & Workshops

Designing Your Lucky Character with a Brush Pen Experience in Fukuoka

With this experience you will be able to learn of the art of Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) and create your very own Japanese character with special luck design on to a postcard to sent back home! By using the brush pen, it is easy to create a postcard with your Japanese character design even as a beginner. The way of writing happily, expressing feelings of calling on and inviting luck, is based on the psychology of handwriting will be explained to you. Using this special technique, you will surely create a beautiful piece of calligraphy art that you can show off to your friends and family! What to expect for this experience! 1. Explanation about Joyful calligraphy 2. Warming-up exercises 3. Getting to know the brush pen workshop 4. How to express a Japanese theme 5. Writing freely on a postcard without a pattern 6. Sharing your work with everybody 7. Presentation and explanation of the pattern (how to invite luck by writing) 8. Individual practice and writing a clean copy 9. Sharing and comparing the first and second work with the group In Shodo, "the way of writing", you will learn the art of writing beautiful Kanji characters. Particular emphasis is placed on the shades of the ink, the movemnet of the wring brush and the combination of the strokes. It is also practiced to cultivate one's inner self and bring peace to oneself. Joyfull calligraphy teacher: Taki Living in Fukuoka. Graphic designer, illustrator. Well versed in the art of creating designs to bring written Japanese characters to life. Living according to the Macrobiotic diet since 1999. Started the school of Joyfull Calligraphy, working with the brush pen, in Osaka in 2012 after studying the psychology of handwriting. The school was also established in Tokyo later on. Currently offering 12 courses per month in 9 different places within Fukuoka prefecture.

$62.14 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Shamisen (Japanese traditional musical instrument) Experience in Fukuoka

Are you interested in music or musical instrument? With this experience you will be able to experience one of Japan's traditional musical instrument the "Shamisen". This program not only you will be able to listen to experts playing the shamisen, however you can also experience playing the shamisen and at the end of the program, you will come out being able to play a song with the Shamisen. What is Shamisen? Shamisen is a three string guitar instrument which is a traditional Japanese musical instrument derived from Chinese instrument sanxian. The instrument is played with a pick called a bachi. This instrument is well known in kabuki performance, and is also used in other Japanese traditional performance arts. A Message from a Shamisen player Tsuyoshi Tomoyama : I started to play Tsugaru-shamisen when I was a college student. I have been playing shamisen mainly in Fukuoka. I became a member of NORIDAN which is a Korean entertainment company in 2012 and played many types of songs for 2 years in Korea. If the country is different, so is the culture, and it can be said for music and musical instruments. I enjoyed interacting with various people through music and musical instruments there. Let’s try shamisen and enjoy Japanese culture together!

$73.87 Classes & Workshops

Japanese taiko drum performance and trial at WeBase Hakata Community Hostel

You will attend a Taiko (Japanese drum) performance show at the community hostel "WeBase Hakata"and, if you are interested, put on a Happi (traditional attire for workmen) and try your hand at hitting the drum! The performance show and experience take about 1 hour. Taiko group Turtle is based in Fukuoka prefecture and offers Japanese drum performances and experiences as a form of inbound tourism for the region. They carry out performances and experiences in various places like the community hostel, dining halls as well as temples. Furthermore, they also offer performances at company events and anniversaries as well as training sessions at your company in order to strengthen the employee's teamwork. They select the teams they dispatch for performances according to the client's wishes. Their teams perform throughout the country.

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