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Fukuoka Walks

Fukuoka Walking Tour



Fukuoka Walking Tour

“Let’s explore Fukuoka with the local guide on the walking tour!”

On this tour, you walk and explore an old town “Hakata” area and look at tradition and contemporary Fukuoka. You will be able to know the differences between Fukuoka and other cities such as Tokyo and Osaka in Japan.

Hakata is said to be the oldest port town in Japan prosperous from the ancient times as an important point for traffic with the continent and the Korean Peninsula. For that reason, Hakata has many historical temples and shrines and it is known as the birthplace of Zen Buddhist sect, Japanese green tea, udon and so on. At the present time, Hakata is a center of business in Fukuoka City and adds sparkle to people’s lives.

Here at Fukuoka Walking Tour we strive to give you real Fukuoka. You can not only visit temples, shrine, historic and modern sites but enjoy taking pictures, seeing Japanese culture and daily lives of local people.


“Your guide, your tour, your time”

If you have questions about Fukuoka, Japan and so on, please feel free to ask your local guide. All of our English tour guides are professional, nationally licensed, friendly and familiar with Fukuoka City. By meeting our local guide, we hope your Japan trip will become a great memory for you.

We are very much looking forward to walking with you.



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logo_fukutabi_s *This tour is recognized as the Fukutabi tour program organized by Fukuoka city government.


1. Date / Time:

(1) Date:
Everyday

*The tour will not be held from 28 Dec to 4 Jan.
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(2) Time:
Meeting Time: 9:50 am
Tour Time: 10:00 am – 12:40 pm (2 hours and 40 minutes)

*The tour will be held rain or shine.

*Please let us know if you would like to request other time.

*We can hold a private tour for you.
Please feel free to contact us by Booking/Inquiry form.


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2. Meeting Place:

In front of the Tourist Information Center in JR Hakata station.

-Address: 1-1 Hakata-eki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi.
-Meeting Time: 9:50 am

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3. Fee (Based on the number of tour members) and Payment:

JPY 2,500 per person (2 persons or more)
JPY 3,000 per person (1 person)

The price includes;
*English Speaking Tour Guide
*Experience: Preparing “Matcha (green powdered tea)” (except Wednesday)
(Wednesday: drink or Japanese cake)
*Route map and information about restaurants we recommend for lunch.

Children:
(1) From 6 to 11 years old: JPY 1,300 with Japanese green powdered tea (drink or Japanese cake on Wednesday).
(2) 5 years old or under: Free without Japanese green powdered tea (drink or Japanese cake on Wednesday) or JPY 500 with it.


Payment:
*Please pay the fee by Japanese Yen cash to the guide at the beginning on the tour day.

*The payment is also accepted with a credit card through PayPal.

If you use a credit card, please let us know in advance.
We will send you the invoice through PayPal, then the tour will be confirmed after your payment.
We do not accept any payments by a credit card on the tour day.

*If you make a group reservation, we may ask you to pay by credit card through PayPal beforehand.


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You will learn about basic drinking methods in a tea ceremony by the preparing Matcha experience. (Except Wednesday)


4. Enrollment limit:

12 persons

*The minimum number of participants: 1 person.
We welcome you even one person.

*The walking tour is also available for a group of more than 12 people.
A lot of groups, universities, embassies, companies, conference participants and others have attended our walking tour as study tours, team building and so on.

*We can hold a private tour for you.
Please feel free to contact us by Booking/Inquiry form.



5. Route:

Walking distance: about 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes

9:50 am Meeting Time
10:00 am (1) Hakata station
10:20 am (2) Jotenji Temple
10:50 am (3) Tochoji Temple
11:30 am (4) Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
11:45 am (5) Kushida Shrine
12:10 pm (6) Kawabata shopping avenue
12:20 pm (7) Hakata Traditional Craft Center (Except Wednesday)
12:40 pm End of the tour

*The tour schedule is subject to change.

*Please let us know if you would like to request other time.

*We can hold a private tour for you.
Please feel free to contact us by Booking/Inquiry form.



6. Tour Guide:

Fukuoka Walking Tour guide

In 2012, we started the Fukuoka Walking Tour with local top tour guides as the first English tour on a regular basis in Fukuoka City.

Fortunately we have received very good words for the walking tour from a lot of tourists, universities, embassies, companies, convention and cruise customers from over 60 countries and regions in the world.

All of our English tour guides are top tour guides, professional, nationally licensed, experienced, familiar with Fukuoka City and friendly.

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7. Application:

Advance reservation is required for the tour.
Interested participants, please fill in and send the booking form by 4:00 pm (Japan Time) on the day before the tour. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

*We will reply within two business days.



What Customer Says

“It was a very interesting tour and I learnt a lot about Japanese culture. It gave our insight more depth and background.”
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(1) Hakata station
The meeting place of the walking tour is in front of the tourist information center in the JR Hakata station. It is very convenient because there are a money exchange just next to the information center, rest rooms and convenience stores in the Hakata station. The area around Hakata Station which is the busiest railway station in Kyushu is a center of bussiness in Fukuoka City. The Hakata train station is also art showroom.





(2) Jotenji Temple
Jotenji is a Rinzai Sect temple (Zen Buddhist), which was founded in 1242 by a Chinese merchant, Shakokumei (Xie Guo Ming) and the role of kaisan (first chief priest) was fulfilled by Shoichi-kokushi Enni. Why do you think Jotenji was built by the Chinese merchant? Your tour guide will describe the reason.

There are several attractions in Jotenji temple such as a monument of the origin of Yamakasa (a traditional festival that lasts more than 700 years), udon (wheat noodles) and so on.

In addition, there is a very beautiful Japanese dry garden called “Sentoutei” in Jotenji. On the Fukuoka walking tour, we get special permission from Jotenji, and enter the garden. (Please note that you can not enter the garden when there is a Buddhist memorial service.) Your guide will explain what this garden represents.



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(3) Tochoji temple
Tochoji temple was the first temple founded by Kukai (Kobo Daishi) in 806. After Tochoji, Kongobu-ji temple on Koyasan (Mt. Koya) in Nara is wellknown as temples founded by Kukai. Kukai studied in Tang Dynasty in China in 804. Kukai practiced asceticism and had learned orthodox Buddhism in Tang Dynasty in China in 804. Kukai is also said to be a great genius born in Japan.

You will also visit the biggest wooden Buddha in Japan “Fukuoka Great Buddha”, beautiful five-storied pagoda and so on in Tochoji temple. When the spring has come, the beautiful cherry blossoms bloom in Tochoji.





Mochikichi
Let’s take a rest at a rice cracker shop “Mochikichi” which is very popular for local people on the tour. Mochikichi has not only rice crackers which are very good as a Japanese souvenir but also sweets like ice cream.



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(4) Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
You can enter an old traditional house and experience weaving Japanese textile “Hakata Ori” by traditional method.



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(5) Kushida Shrine
A facility where gods belonging to Shinto are enshrined is called Jinja (shrine). Shinto is a polytheistic and animistic religion. There is a multitude of gods which are in nature in Shinto.

Kushida shrine is very popular guardian god in Fukuoka and dedicated to the 3 Gods. Your guide will explain the difference between Shinto and Buddhism, the reason why Japanese people believe there are a lot of gods on Shinto religion, Japanese customs and so on. If you are lucky, you will be able to see a Japanese style wedding ceremony in Kushida shrine.

Why don’t you try on kimono and take beautiful photos of you? Fukuoka Walks offers Japanese kimono dress-up experience and walk.
Please visit our kimono dress up page.



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(6) Kawabata shopping avenue
You can find interesting goods, souvenir and Japanese foods on the street.



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(7) Hakata Traditional Craft Center and Japanese Culture Experience
You can see local traditional craft such as a beautiful Japanese doll “Hakata Doll”, a Japanese textile “Hakata Ori” and so on at the craft center.

And let’s try to prepare and drink “Matcha (Japanese green powdered tea)”. You will learn about basic drinking methods in a tea ceremony by the preparing Matcha experience. (Except Wednesday)

Hakata Traditional Craft Center is closed on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, we go to a cafe in Reizenso building nearby. There is a Hakata doll workshop in the building where you can visit and experience painting on a doll. If you are interested in it, please inform us in advance because advance reservation for the painting experience is required.

There is Trip Insight Corp. office organizing the Fukuoka Walking Tour in the Reizenso building. Please feel free to come and visit us anytime.



“We hope the walking tour will become a very good memory for your trip in Fukuoka.”

For you, great travelers who choose Fukuoka as your destination and come all the way from your country or region, we welcome you even one person. The goal of this walking tour is to help you explore Fukuoka. It is the most perfect happiness for us to meet you and spend the time with you. We are really looking forward to exploring Fukuoka with you.



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