Fukuoka Full-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally/state licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Fukuoka!

Enjoy a full-day walking tour with your private guide, as he/she introduce modern and traditional aspects of this dynamic, ancient city! This dynamic city is home to many historical temples and is famous for its unique food culture.

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or any other point at your convenience to start your day. You will then have the choice of visiting any of Fukuoka's famous sites.

Let us know what you would like to experience, and your guide will then arrange a six-hour tour that's best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

per adult from

$191

NZD

Duration

6 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Free Photos
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop-off
    • Licensed Local Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Other personal expenses
    • Lunch - Lunch (for yourself and your guide)
    • Entrance fee (for yourself)
    • Private Vehicle
    • Transportation fee (for yourself and your guide)
    • Entry/Admission - Kyushu National Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Yusentei Park
    • Entry/Admission - Hakozaki-gu
    • Entry/Admission - Fukuoka Tower
    • Entry/Admission - Nanzoin
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Fukuoka Castle Remains, Jonai, Chuo, Fukuoka 810-0043 Fukuoka Prefecture

    The castle was once a flourishing place during the Edo period (early 1600) but today, it is mainly the ruins of stone walls, moat and gates. However, the panoramic view of Fukuoka city from Fukusaki Hill is pretty amazing. The best time to visit in order to admire the full beauty of the castle ruins is during the Sakura Festival.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sumiyoshi Shrine, 3-1-51 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka 812-0018 Fukuoka Prefecture

    One of the oldest such sites on Kyushu, the Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine is, like its counterpart in Osaka, dedicated to the protective divinities of seafarers, the last of a series of such shrines sailors would visit before heading out to sea. Particularly impressive is the Main Hall, rebuilt in its current classical style in 1623, along with a number of important national treasures, most notably an ancient sword and a copper axe, along with old manuscripts and documents dating back to the Middle Ages. From the shrine, which is surrounded by a large grove of Japanese cedars and camphor trees, are fine views over the River Naka. Be sure to allow plenty of time to also explore the adjacent Sumiyoshi Park.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kyushu National Museum, 4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu 818-0118 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Opened in 2005, Kyūshū National Museum (Kyūshū Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) made headlines not only for its award-winning architectural design, but also as Japan's first new national museum in more than 100 years. Built to house a large publicly owned collection of art and historically important artifacts related to the island's rich history, this state-of-the-art facility can easily occupy visitors for the best part of a day. Highlights include displays of prehistoric relics found in numerous archaeological digs, as well as exhibits tracing the long history of the island's importance as a trading link between Japan and nearby China and Korea.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kushida Shrine, 1-41 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata, Fukuoka 812-0026 Fukuoka Prefecture

    One of Japan's best known (and Fukuoka's oldest) Shinto shrines, Kushida-jinja

    was founded in AD 757 and contains many unique features, including exquisite carvings of the Chinese zodiac and a gingko tree said to be more than 1,000 years old. The shrine is also famous for hosting the Hakata Gion Yamakasa each July, a spectacular two-week festival focusing on prayers for good health and prosperity that includes an elaborate race involving teams carrying heavy wooden floats from the temple to various locations around the city.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Hakata Gion Yamakasa, Hakata, Fukuoka Fukuoka Prefecture

    The Hakata Gion Yamakasa (博多祇園山笠) is one of the most interesting festivals in Japan. It is held every year during the first half of July and climaxes with a spectacular time trial race in the early morning hours of July 15. In the race, seven neighborhoods of Fukuoka's Hakata district compete in pushing beautifully decorated festival floats along a five kilometer long course through the city.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Yatai, Tenjin, Chuo, Fukuoka 810-0800 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Fukuoka's open air food stands (屋台, Yatai) are possibly the city's best known symbol. Yatai can generally seat about seven or eight people and provide an atmospheric outdoor environment to enjoy various foods that are generally simple and filling. There are dozens of yatai scattered across Fukuoka, but the best place to find them is on the southern end of Nakasu Island. Located in the middle of the city, Nakasu Island has a long row of around 20 yatai that are attractively situated along the water.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, 18-25 Saitozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 811-0321 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Uminonakamichi Seaside Park (海の中道海浜公園, Uminonakamichi Kaihin Kōen), is a sprawling, family oriented public park located on a narrow peninsula across the bay from central Fukuoka. The park is made up of several different areas including flower gardens, playgrounds, an amusement park with ferris wheel, sports fields, a water park, a zoo and large open spaces and lawns perfect for picnicking.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ohori Park, 1-2 Ohorikoen, Chuo, Fukuoka 810-0051 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Ohori Park (大濠公園, Ōhori-kōen) is a pleasant city park in central Fukuoka with a large pond at its center. There is a walking path around the circumference of the pond that is just a little over two kilometers long and is popular for jogging, walking pets and leisurely strolls by the water.

    Ohori is Japanese for moat, and the pond at the center of the park once served as part of the moat system of the neighboring Fukuoka Castle. The park was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and designed after the classical garden style of the West Lake in China. There are three islands in the middle of the pond that are connected to the mainland and each other by elegant stone bridges.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Shofuku-ji Temple, 6-1 Gokushomachi, Hakata, Fukuoka 812-0037 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Shofukuji (聖福寺, Shōfukuji) has the distinction of being the first Zen temple constructed in Japan. It was founded in 1195 by the priest Eisai, who introduced the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism from China into Japan. Although the temple buildings cannot be entered, visitors can walk through Shofukuji's attractive temple grounds and observe the buildings from outside.

    Before Zen's introduction to Japan, Buddhism has already had a long history in Japan dating back to the 500s. The new teachings of Zen, which Eisai amassed during his travels in China, promoted meditation and discipline as the means to enlightenment and became very popular with the samurai class, which was exerting political power through the shogunate government based in Kamakura.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Momochi Seaside Park, 2_4 Momochihama Sawara-ku, Fukuoka 814-0001 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Seaside Momochi (シーサイドももち, Shīsaido Momochi) is Fukuoka's modern waterfront located on reclaimed land along Hakata Bay. The area was originally developed as the site of the 1989 Asia Pacific Expo and was designed with attractive, modern features such as wide, tree lined streets, futuristic buildings, public parks and no phone or electricity lines above ground.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Canal City Hakata, 1-2 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka 812-0018 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Canal City Hakata (キャナルシティ博多) is a 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.

    Visitors, who are planning on shopping, will likely be able to find something of interest in one of Canal City's many stores, whether it be in a shop unique to Japan or a branch of an international company. There is also a wide variety of restaurants, offering Japanese and international food, that generally have reasonably priced menus. The fifth floor consists of the "Ramen Stadium", which has eight ramen shops with noodle dishes from across Japan, including the local specialty Hakata Ramen.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Yusentei Park, 1-46 Yusentei Jonan-ku, Fukuoka 814-0122 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Yusentei Park is known for being the former home of the 6th lord of Fukuoka who would have built it in the 18th century.

    The park is made up of a beautiful garden which is built in the traditional style as well as an ornate pond and this is a great place to come if you want to get out of the crush of the city.

    You can also see a slice of Fukuoka as it would have been in the days of old.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Hakozaki-gu, 1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka 812-0053 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Hakozaki Shrine is known for being one of the most important shrines in this part of Japan.

    The original was destroyed when it was set on fire during the Mongolian invasion of Fukuoka in 1274 but it was then rebuilt and has been standing in this spot ever since.

    Some of the sights to look out for here include a stone anchor that would have been used by Mongolian ships and a statue of Nichiren, a prominent Buddhist scholar in Fukuoka who foresaw the Mongolian invasion.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fukuoka Tower, 2-3-26 Momochihama, Sawara-Ku, Fukuoka 814-0001 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Fukuoka Tower is one of the best places to come in Fukuoka if you want to see the city at its best.

    The tower soars to a height of some 234 meters and from here you can look out over the glittering city below.

    One of the good things about the tower is that it is lit up at night and it is also one of the national symbols of the city, so it is well worth a visit when you are in town.

    Another highlight here is the fact that the tower has a restaurant at the top so you can have lunch or dinner and enjoy the views below.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Nokonoshima Island, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0000 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Fukuoka is known for being located on the coast and with that in mind it also has a number of pretty islands which are located just off shore.

    To get to the island you can take a relaxing ferry ride which takes around 10 minutes and lets you take in the stunning views across the water at the same time.

    There are several islands to choose from but one of the best is Nokonoshima which has a radius of some 12 kilometers and is known for its prime position in Hakata Bay.

    If you visit the island you can enjoy activities such as hiking and swimming off the coast, and if you want then you can also set up camp here for the night and enjoy an evening under the stars.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Atago Jinja Shrine, 2-7-1 Atago, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0015 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Atago Shrine is one of the less visited shrines in Fukuoka which is a shame as it is also one of the prettiest.

    The shrine is located on a hillside which means that you can also take in sweeping vistas from here all over the city and across to Hakata Bay and you will also be able to see the nesting storks for which this area is famous.

    As you approach the shrine you can take in the torii gate which welcomes you and then walk up the stairs to get to the main shrine area.

    This shrine is a little off the beaten track compared to other sites in the city but it is more than worth the effort to get here for the views and a glimpse of some of the religious history of the city.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Itoshima, Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu

    Itoshima city is about 50 minutes from Hakata station by train and 30 minutes by car. The nature-rich city is best known for its amazing sunset at the Sakurai Futamigaura area. A Meotoiwa - Two stacks of rocks symbolising husband and wife - is located offshore from Sakurai Futamigaura, which provides a great touch to the amazing sunset. Apart from that, a huge Torii gate (Torii gates serve as a boundary between God and humans) is also located along the coast, which photographers will definitely love.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dazaifu Temmangu, 4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu 818-0017 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Dazaifu refers to the regional government during Japan’s past. At the Dazaifu Government Remains, you will be able to witness the former governmental grounds where buildings used to stand. Located near the Dazaifu Government Remains is a museum where you can learn more about Fukuoka’s history, and this is a great place for Japanese history lovers to explore.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kyushu National Museum, 4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu 818-0118 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Kyushu National Museum is not your ordinary and at times boring museum – it is an interactive museum where you can learn about Kyushu’s history while having fun at the different exhibitions. You can dress up in traditional costumes of the different countries that Japan had international relations with in the olden days, as well as play various traditional games and instruments while learning about them. The Kyushu National Museum is a fantastic place for families, especially those with children, to visit!

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Yanagawa, Fukuoka, Japan

    River Yanagawa is a picturesque river, and its natural beauty never fails to amaze people - the sakura flowers in spring are especially beautiful. You can take part in the Yanagawa Kawakudari, a 70-minute boat ride down the river which will introduce you to the numerous historical areas found along River Yanagawa. This Yanagawa Kawakudari has a history of over 50 years and has been loved by tourists for a long period of time.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Yanagibashi Rengo Market, 1-5-1 Haruyoshi, Chuo, Fukuoka 810-0003 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Yanagibashi Rengo Market is the kitchen of Hakata - over 40 greengrocers and fishmongers line the market which sells fresh products. There are also shops selling fruits and tofu, as well as cafés and bakery where you can purchase finger food while exploring the market. You can also step into the restaurants to enjoy a fantastic seafood Donburi (a type of Japanese rice bowl dish) which includes ingredients such as fresh squids and salmon sashimi.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Nanzoin, 1035 Sasaguri, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun 811-2405 Fukuoka Prefecture

    Just 15 kilometers east of Fukuoka is the Nanzoin Temple, one of the prefecture's most visited (and most important) Buddhist shrines, attracting more than a million pilgrims and visitors annually. The big draw here is undoubtedly the massive bronze statue of the Reclining Buddha, erected in 1995 and said to be the largest bronze statue in the world (if the statue of Liberty in New York were laid down beside it, the Buddha would be longer). As interesting as the temple and statue is the pleasant walk to the site along a shady hillside trail from the quaint village of Sasaguri, a route that is clearly marked and notable for its many smaller statues of Buddha, as well as its picturesque streams, bridges, and gardens. Also worth a visit is the famous wooden Buddha at Tōchō-ji, the oldest Shingon temple in Kyushu (it was founded in AD 806).

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    This special tour will be conducted with a public transportation and cruising taxi as stated in the tour information, NOT including private vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point on foot. If you need a private vehicle, please feel free to ask us and we will estimate an additional cost for you.Airports
    • Fukuoka Airport, 778-1 Shimo Usui, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka Fukuoka Prefecture
    Ports
    • Hakata Port
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Japan Guide Agency

Activity ID: V-92136P63

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