Historic Sites
Reflect on Fukuoka's past

   Sofukuji Temple

Sofukuji Temple(take a Nishitetsu bus to Chiyomachi bus stop, walk 5 minutes)
This is the family temple of the feudal lord Nagamasa Kuroda. The temple contains the graves of various people related to the area as well as those of the successive feudal lords and Shimai Soshitsu, one of the three most famous heroes of Hakata. The Sanmon gate of Sofukuji Temple was transferred from Fukuoka Castle in 1918 and is a Prefecturally Designated Cultural Asset.

   Shofukuji Temple

Shofukuji Temple(get off at Gion subway station, or take the Nishitetsu bus to Oku-no-do bus stop)
This was the first Zen temple in Japan and was built by the founder of the Japanese Zen sect, Eisai, in 1195. Near the temple, there are other old, traditional temples such as Jotenji and Tochoji. There are also the remains of old houses and paths here which, along with the temples and shrines, create a serene atmosphere.

   Hakozaki Shrine

Hakozaki Shrine(get off at Hakozaki Miya-mae subway station, or take the Nishitetsu bus to Hakozaki bus stop)
Along with Usa and Iwashimizu shrines, Hakozaki Shrine, built in 923, is the one of the three great Hachiman shrines. The main building and the hall of worship rebuilt in 1546, are designated Nationally Important Cultural Properties. The shrine holds festivals such as Hojoya in the Fall and Tamaseseri near New Year's Day. There is also a flower garden in which seasonal flowers―such as peonies―bloom throughout the year.

   Tochoji Temple

Tochoji Temple(get off at Gion subway station, walk 3 minutes, or take the Nishitetsu bus to Gion-machi bus stop)
In 806, after training in China, Kobodaishi built this temple to offer fervent prayers for the long life of esoteric Buddhism in the East. The temple hosts wooden statues of Kan-non, the god of Mercy with 1000 hands, and the largest wooden statue of Buddha (a Nationally Designated Important Cultural Property). Visitors come daily.

   Sumiyoshi Shrine

Sumiyoshi Shrine(take a Nishitetsu bus to Sumiyoshi bus stop)
The shrine is considered to be the origin of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrines throughout the country. The main inner shrine that exists today was rebuilt by Nagamasa Kuroda in 1623. It is a traditional Shinto architecture different from Buddhist architecture as seen in its straight-lined roof. It is designated an Important Cultural Property.

   Kushida Shrine

Kushida Shrine(get off at Gion subway station, walk 2 minutes, or take the Nishitetsu bus to Canal City Hakata-mae bus stop)
Kushida shrine, the general tutelary shrine in Hakata, was built for the common people during the Heian Period. The huge ginkgo tree in the shrine grounds is Kushida shrine's symbol. The shrine is the starting point of the Oiyama race held on the last day of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival, one of the summers biggest events. Don't miss the kazariyama (decorated floats) and the Hakata Historical Museum within the shrine.

   Kashii Shrine

Kashii Shrine(take a Nishitetsu bus to kashiigu-mae bus stop)
The shrine was built to worship members of the imperial family. It is said that Emperor Chuai died here when he came west to oversee a war. The main building is designated an Important Cultural Property. The architecture of the building, called Kashii-zukuri, is found nowhere else in Japan. The worshipping path, on which messengers of the Emperors had walked since the Nara period, is lined for 800 meters with camphor trees.

   Fukuoka Castle Ruins

Fukuoka Castle Ruins(get off at Ohori Koen subway station walk 10 minutes, or take the Nishitetsu bus to Heiwadai bus stop)
The feudal lord of Chikuzen, Nagamasa Kuroda, spent seven years constructing this castle. There was no main tower, but it was still a great castle composed of 47 turrets of various sizes. Currently, only the Otemon gate, Tamon turret, and a few other areas remain. The ruins are popular with tourists and locals alike.
●Fukuoka Castle Akasaka Gate Stone Walls Hours : 10:00ー15:00 every Saturday except on Saturdays during the New Year's holiday

   Rakusuien Park

Rakusuien Park(take a Nishitetsu bus to Sumiyoshi bus stop)
Rakusuien is a villa built by a Hakata merchant during the Meiji Era (1868-1912). This park, famous for its greenery, is surrounded by a typical Hakata-style wall. Visitors can enjoy the landscaped, circular Japanese garden, tea room, and the open air tea ceremony held in the park.
●Hours : 9:00ー17:00
●Admission Fees Adultsー¥100 / Elementary and Secondary School Studentsー¥50
●Closed : Every Tuesday, and from December 29 to January 1

   Korokan Historical Museum

Korokan Historical Museum(get off at Akasaka subway station and 10 minutes by foot, or take the Nishitetsu bus to Heiwadai and a 5-minute walk)
Traces of the Korokan, an official guest house from the Heian period, were found while the outfield stands of Heiwadai Baseball Stadium were being repaired in late 1987. Along with a reproduction of the "Shukubo" lodging of the time, it also features exhibitions of Chinese porcelain and West Asian glass products of the 7th to 11th centuries, revealing the role Fukuoka played as a base for international exchange centuries ago.
●Hours : 9:00ー17:00 (entry by 16:30)
●Closed : From December 29 to January 3
●Admission Fees : Free

   Yusentei Garden

Yusentei Garden(take a Nishitetsu bus to Yusentei bus stop, walk 2 minutes)
Tsugutaka kuroda, the 6th feudal lord of Fukuoka, built this villa as his second home. The garden is constructed in such a way that it surrounds the fountain and the tea ceremony room, creating a relaxing atmosphere for visitors.
●Hours : 9:00ー17:00
●Admission Fees Adultsー¥200 / Childrenー¥100
●Closed Every Monday (or the following day if Monday falls on a national holiday), and from December 29 to January 1

   Imazu Fortifications Against the Mongolian Invasion

Imazu Fortifications Against the Mongolian Invasion(take a Showa bus to Fukushimura-shisetsu-mae bus stop)
This approximately 20 kilometer-long fortifications along the shores of Hakata Bay was made by the Kamakura Shogun in preparation for a second Mongolian invasion. At present, some parts of the fortress are open to the public in Nishijin,Ikinomatsubara, and Imazu.