Fukuoka Half-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide

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Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Fukuoka, Fukuoka

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

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

Enjoy a Half-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 four-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: National Government Licensed Guide Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

What's Included

Customizable Tour of your choice of 2-3 sites from 'What to expect' list

Licensed Local Guide

What's Not Included

Entrance fee (for yourself)

Lunch - Lunch (for yourself)

Other personal expenses

Private Vehicle

Transportation fee (for yourself)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Fukuoka Castle Remains
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sumiyoshi Shrine
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Kyushu National Museum
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Kushida Shrine
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Hakata Gion Yamakasa
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Ohori Park
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Shofuku-ji Temple
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Momochi Seaside Park
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Canal City Hakata
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Yusentei Park
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Fukuoka Tower
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Nokonoshima Island
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Atago Jinja Shrine
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Dazaifu Temmangu
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Yanagibashi Rengo Market
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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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).

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

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