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We will take a look at the statues of two figures associated with the “original” KAMIKAZE (divine wind) against the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century, visit SOUFUKU temple, and enjoy the panorama view of Fukuoka city from the 11th floor of Prefecture Office which also hosts a display of some of the well-known products of Fukuoka prefecture. The Prefecture Office’s cafeteria is available for lunch.
Subway station CHIYO KENCHO GUCHI (KAIDUKA-line)
Experience a 100-year-old soy-sauce factory. DAIMYO was the area for the SAMURAI and the JOKYU SHOYU factory is a testimony from that period. We will also visit Fukuoka’s first elementary school, the DAIMYO elementary school, and KEGO-JINJA (shrine) where you can dip your feet into a foot-bath of divine water. Many restaurants are in this area for lunch.
Subway station TENJIN (KUKO-Line)
Starting from Hakata Station, we will make our way to SUMIYOSHI-JINJA (shrine) where you will “meet” gods for each wish such as happiness, health, love, etc. Across the river we will stroll around through the YANAGIBASHI-ICHIBA fresh market. Lunch would be available at the many restaurants within the market or at the Canal City Mall nearby.
HAKATA station (KUKO-line)
People in Fukuoka love to jog in the OHORI park around the pond which originally was a part of the moat of Fukuoka castle, also known as MAIDURU-JO (castle of dancing crane). We will look at the history of the site, which was once served as the official guest house for visiting Korean and Chinese delegations in the late 9th century. A Starbucks is also located in this park. Restaurants are available near the subway stations of OHORI and AKASAKA for lunch.
Subway station OHORI (KUKO-Line)
GION area is the merchant area and home of the YAMAKASA festival. We will see SHOUTEN-JI (temple), a Zen temple that introduced UDON noodle for the first time in Japan. Passing through the thousand-years-gate and the birth place of YAMAKASA festival, we will visit KUSHIDA-JINJA (shrine) and learn about YAMAKASA. Restaurants including UDON shops are available nearby for lunch.
Subway station GION (KUKO line)
Itoshima Tour (Accompanying Persons)
Located at the western edge of Fukuoka, Itoshima is surrounded by mountains and spectacular coastline. On the way from Kyushu University Ito campus it is possible to drop in Futamigaura beach, a scenic spot where you can feel the magnificence of nature. You can also enjoy gastronomic abundance of high quality with locally grown ingredients at a nearby restaurant. By walking through Raizansennyo-ji, a temple built on the mountain, you can witness interaction of nature and culture. You would agree it is one of the coolest spots once you visit there.

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