Fukuoka (Hakata), Japan
Highlights of Fukuoka
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Approximately 3½ Hours
This narrated excursion is a great way to acquaint yourself with the city and all its splendors. A knowledgeable onboard guide will point out areas of interest along the way and all you have to do is climb aboard your air-conditioned motorcoach and sit back and relax. Don't forget to bring a camera for the photo stops you'll make during your sightseeing tour.
As your coach winds its way en route to your first photo stop, you'll pass an area known as Tenjin. As part of Fukuoka's business and entertainment center, it's home to major department stores and specialty shops. Another sight you'll see is the Fukuoka Dome, Japan's first baseball stadium with a retractable roof and home to the baseball team known as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Nearby is your first photo stop, the iconic Fukuoka Tower. Considered a city landmark, it's Japan's largest seaside tower. Standing 767 feet tall, it's quite a sight covered in 8,000 semi-mirrored panels. The Tower functions as a broadcast antenna for TV and radio networks. Fukuoka's oldest shrine is your next photo stop. Founded in 757, the Kushida Shrine has been the site where local merchants pray for prosperity and health and is the centerpiece of a 1,200 year-old festival called Yamakasa. In mid-July, one-ton floats, elaborately decorated with depictions of gods, samurais, mythical creatures or historical figures are pulled through the town and put on display at the shrine.
Following your visit, head to the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, a museum unfolding over three machiya, or traditional townhouses, that provide a compelling glimpse into the old and continually fascinating culture of Japan. As you experience this recreation of a traditional Hakata neighborhood, view displays of historical photographs and artifacts and watch artisans who are regularly on hand to demonstrate the making of crafts. After visiting the museum, your motorcoach will bring you back to the ship.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring local currency, as many vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.