Fukuoka continues its growth as the capital city of Kyushu, while preserving its rich history and traditions. The first stop on your itinerary after leaving the port will be Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine. The shrine is housed in extensive grounds covering an area of 3,000 acres. The tranquil garden is planted with 6,000 plum trees and the shrine itself is built on the grave of Sugawara no Michizane, venerated throughout Japan as Tenjin, the Shinto kami of scholarship. Michizane is celebrated as a man pure in heart and deed, and after his death he was deified and worshipped as a god. Next visit will be the Kyushu National Museum. This striking wood and glass building in the hills houses important collections of Japanese artefacts, particularly ceramics, related to the history of Kyushu. It is the most recent of Japan's national museums after those of Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara. The Cultural Exchange Exhibition room usually displays around 800 artefacts. The collections cover the history of Kyushu from prehistory to the Meiji era with particular emphasis on the rich tradition of cultural exchange between Kyushu and neighbouring China and Korea. After having lunch, you will dvisit Tenjin are where you will have some free time for shopping.
Before going to the Airport a short drive will then take you to the 234-metre-tall Fukuoka Tower. The tower stands in the centre of the waterfront area called Momochihama (Seaside Momochi) and was built in 1989 on occasion of the Asian Pacific Expo (Yokatopia), which commemorated the centenary of the incorporation of the modern city of Fukuoka.
What we will see
- Fukuoka sightseeing tour
- Fukuoka Tower: the tallest coastal tower in Japan
- Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shinto shrine
- The beautiful temple gardens with 6,000 Japanese plum trees
- Restaurant lunch
- Free time for shopping in the Tenjin district
- Airport transfer
What we will do
- We leave the port by coach and embark on a sightseeing tour of Fukuoka, a modern city which still preserves a rich heritage of history and tradition.
- Along the way, we will have the chance to admire Fukuoka Tower, which soars 234 metres high, making it the tallest coastal tower in Japan. Erected on the Momochi seafront, it was built in 1989 to commemorate the centenary of the foundation of the modern city.
- We will then reach the city of Dazaifu, where we will stop to visit the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shinto shrine, dedicated to poet Tenjin, the deity of learning who is buried here.
- The temple is surrounded by a vast, tranquil garden containing 6,000 Japanese plum trees, once revered as cherry trees are today. Walking amidst the age-old trees and crossing bright red bridges over streams will enhance our sense of peace and wonder.
- It is now time for a relaxing break in a restaurant where we can enjoy a delicious lunch.
- We will then head back to Fukuoka and make one last stop in the lively district of Tenjin, where we have two hours of free time for some shopping before heading to the airport.
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