quality of 9 kyushu When we follow the guidance of gently flowing river.

Fukuoka

When we follow the guidance of gently flowing river.
Breathtaking scenery at Yanagawa Ohana, Fukuoka Prefecture

2015 Miss International 2nd runner-up
Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

2015 Miss International 2nd runner-upKenya Delegate Eunice Onyango
Breathtaking scenery at Yanagawa Ohana, Fukuoka Prefecture

quality of 9 kyushu A magnificent Japanese-style building breathing deeply surrounded by thick trees.
Fukuoka

A magnificent Japanese-style building breathing deeply surrounded by thick trees.
Breathtaking scenery at Munakata Taisha Shrine

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up
Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle
Breathtaking scenery at Munakata Taisha Shrine

Fukuoka

Kurume-kasuri textile
Beauty of the handwork

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up
Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 2nd runner-up
Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

2015 Miss International 2nd runner-upKenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

Kurume-kasuri textile Beauty of the handwork

With its pleasant texture and simple coloration, the Kurume-kasuri textile, manufactured in and around Kurume city, Fukuoka prefecture, evokes somehow a sense of nostalgia. In the beginning of the 19th century, a 12 year-old young girl got the idea from faded thread of her old cotton clothes and started dyeing and weaving the fabric. Local farmers followed her lead, and creating ‘kasuri’ became a popular side business of farmers in Chikugo area, spreading its name as people’s clothes across the country. Producing the fabric requires thirty different steps of handworks. There is a procedure called ‘kukuri,’ where the threads are twined tightly enough so that kasuri patterns are protected from dye. This procedure, along with the skills of twining professionals, is considered to create the textile with great depth. Over recent years, combination of the traditional method with modern taste has been seen often in newly designed products such as accessories and clothes, gathering even more attention than before.

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Kurume City,Fukuoka Prefecture
+81-942(44)3700(Kurume Regional industry promotion center)

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Kurume Kasuri Museum Know the history of Kurume Kasuri.
Kurume Kasuri MuseumKnow the history of Kurume Kasuri.

The museum introduces you to the history of Kurume Kasuri, designated as an important intangible cultural property. The production process of Kurume Kasuri, actual Kurume Kasuri clothes, and the scissors and glasses of the founder of Kurume Kasuri, Den Inoue are also on display. You can learn Kurume Kasuri with a history of about 200 years. There are also vendors selling next to the museum. Why not pick some up as a souvenir?

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5-8-5 Higashi-aikawa, Kurume city, Fukuoka Prefecture
+81-942(44)3700/10:00 am – 5:00 pm


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Munakata Taisha Shrine
Munakata Taisha Shrine has broad premises.

2016 Runner-UP Miss International
Japanese Delegate Sayaka Fujimoto

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Sayaka Fujimoto

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up
Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 2nd runner-up
Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

2015 Miss International 2nd runner-upKenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

Munakata Taisha Shrine  Munakata Taisha Shrine has broad premises.

Munakata Taisha Shrine consists of three shrines, Hetsu-gu, Nakatsu-gu and Okitsu-gu, where three Munakata goddess are enshrined. Hetsu-gu, the birthplace of the charm for traffic safety dedicated to cars, is located along the Tsurikawa River in Munakata City. In its wide grounds, there are Gishiki-den (a place where rituals are held), Shinpo-kan (the shrine’s treasure hall) and others with the main shrine in the center. Nakatsu-gu which is known for its worship of Tanabata, or Star Festival, is located in the Oshima Island, about 11km off the coast of Munakata city. And Okitsu-gu Shrine is located in the Okitsu-shima Island, a solitary uninhabited and closed-to-women island in near the center of Genkai-nada Sea. On the northern part of the Oshima Island, there is Okitsu-gu Yohaisho, a place to bow in the direction of Okitsu-gu. On a fine day, you can clearly see the Okinoshima Island in the distance. Shinpo-kan contains a collection of more than 80,000 items unearthed in the evacuation work for the research of the ancient remains of a place of worship in the Okinoshima Island which is also called “God island.” It is worth watching those evacuated articles which proves there has been interaction between Japan and Korean peninsula since ancient times.

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2331,Tashima,Munakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture
+81-940(62)1311 /Free Entrance.

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Fukuma Beach White sandy beach dotted with pine trees
Fukuma BeachWhite sandy beach dotted with pine trees

A long white sandy beach stretches for about 3km. In the summer sea-bathing season, families, friends and lovers flock to the seaside. As the waves and wind are calm and gentle through the year, national tournaments for marine sports are sometime held on the beach which is called Shonan (famous coastal region with a long beach and mild climate in Kanagawa) of western Japan. Not only the daytime scenery, but the beauty of the evening will impress you. How about taking a walk on the beach feeling the sea wind.

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Nishi-Fukuma, Fukutsu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
+81-940(42)9988(Fukutsu City Tourist Association)


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Hiraodai in Kitakyushu
Japan’s foremost karst plateau

2016 Miss International
Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

2016 Miss International Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

2016 Runner-UP Miss International
Japanese Delegate Mari Schonfeld Masuda

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Mari Schonfeld Masuda

2016 Runner-UP Miss International
Japanese Delegate Sayaka Fujimoto

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Sayaka Fujimoto

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up
Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 2nd runner-up
Kenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

2015 Miss International 2nd runner-upKenya Delegate Eunice Onyango

Hiraodai in Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu city is known as a representative industrial city of Japan, however it is also well known for its history, culture and food. The area has a number of spots that are worth visiting, and Japan’s foremost karst plateau in Hiraodai is one of them. This spot is designated as a natural monument in Japan. It is a plateau formed by limestones. These rocks in the grassland look like a group of sheep eating weeds, and people call the view “Yogunbaru (sheep crowded in a field).” You can’t help but feel the mysteries of the great earth and its topographical beauty that spreads out in front of you. There are a lot of caves under the ground, some of which can be entered and viewed. They also have some workshops at “Hiraodai Countryside Park.”

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Hiraodai, Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushyu city, Fukuoka Prefecture
+81-93(452)2715 (Hiraodai Countryside Park)

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Tanga Market The kitchen of Kitakyushu residents
Tanga MarketThe kitchen of Kitakyushu residents

Tanga market, located in the central area of Kitakyushu city, is a very retro shopping street built from 1950s to 1960s. All the shops have a counter sales style that brings back memories of the good old times. Inspired by local university students, the “Daigaku-don (a bowl of rice)” is a must try. Once you buy a bowl of rice at the market, you can stroll through the market and find your favorite toppings. Just be sure that most of the shops will be closed on Sundays.

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4 Uomachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushyu city, Fukuoka Prefecture
TEL +81-93(521)4140(Tanga market shopping street)


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Hakata
A truly unique town

2016 Miss International
Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

2016 Miss International Japanese Delegate Junna Yamagata

2016 Runner-UP Miss International
Japanese Delegate Mari Schonfeld Masuda

2016 Runner-UP Miss International Japanese Delegate Mari Schonfeld Masuda

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up
Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

2015 Miss International 1st runner-up Honduras Delegate Jennifer Valle

Hakata A truly unique town

Hakata is a port town along the Hakata bay. It is a truly unique city where you can see an urban view of many buildings and the history together. Fukuoka, which has Hakata, is called “the city of food,” and it offers a lot of delicious food, such as ramen noodles, offal pots and portable stalls where you can enjoy local food at a reasonable price. The spicy seasoned cod roe is also one of Hakata’s famous souvenirs. Hakata is actually famous not only for food, but also for Hakata’s traditional handicrafts, such as “Hakata weaving,” “Hakata dolls,” and “Hakata curved wooden boxes.” The Hakata dolls made a very good impression at exhibitions in Paris and other places, so they have been exported overseas as a Japan’s representative doll since then. There is a facility that offers visitors a hands-on experience of painting. Why not stop by this facility?

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Hakata-ku, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture
+81-92(431)3003(Hakata Station Information Center)

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Kawabata Zenzai Square A firmly sweet Taisho taste
Kawabata Zenzai Square
A firmly sweet Taisho taste

Kawabata Zenzai Square is located on the corner of the Kawabata shopping street which has the oldest history in Hakata. The square is decorated with yamakasa (large floats) used at Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival throughout the year. One can find a delicious taste of “Kawabata-zenzai” that has been passed on since the early Taisho era. It is the perfect spot for anyone who loves sweets. Enjoy tasting a firm and sweet zenzai (rice cake balls with red bean sauce).

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10-256 Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ku, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture
+81-92(281)6223(Kamikawabata Shopping Street Office)

Hakata-ori Textiles Elaborate patterns and gloss
Hakata-ori TextilesElaborate patterns and gloss

It is said that Hakata-ori textiles were brought from China in the Kamakura era (1185/92-1333). Having the peculiar gloss of silk, the Hakata-ori is also used for doll costumes of Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. As time goes on, it has been widely applied for traditional Japanese sashes, or obi, ties, bags, shoes, and other accessories.

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Hakata-ku, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka Prefecture
+81-92(431)3003(Hakata Station General Information Center)