Gokusho Area Course

1. Okusu-sama
Okusu-sama is a giant camphor tree, surrounding the grave of Sha Kokumei (Xie Guo Ming). He was a merchant and one of the pioneers to promote friendship between Japan and China. On August 21, the Okusu-sama Thousand Lights Festival is held.
2. Tooka Ebisu Shrine
Tooka Ebisu Shrine enshrines the Great God Kotoshironushi, Ebisu-sama, and the Great God Okuninushi, Ddaikoku-sama. During Tooka Ebisu Festival, from January 8-11, the shrine is filled with people who come to pray for prosperous business and family safety.
3. Shōshōin Temple
Memorial Service (a Buddhist funeral service) for dolls is held in December. A great number of dolls,full of memories,are brought here.
4. Matsubara Mizu (Well)
The well water in Chiyo Matsubara area was called Matsubara water. A water seller with a cart was a typical sight of Hakata. The remains of the well are in Chiyo East Park.
5. Soufukuzen-ji Temple
Originally established at Mount Yokodake by Tanne Zenshi in the year 1240 (opened by Daiou Kokushi), Soufukuzen-ji Temple was relocated and reconstructed in its current location in 1601 by the feudal lord Kuroda Nagamasa. It’s mountain gate was previously used as the outer gate of the main citadel at Fukuoka Castle. Pass through it and on your left the bodhisattva Asahi Jizou awaits you, and all of the adherents who come from all over Japan to pay their respects.
*The inside of the temple is closed to visitors.
6. Saikōji Temple / Icchoken
Saikōji Temple / Icchoken is the first Komuso temple in Chikuzen area. It passes down the tradition of the Japanese bamboo flute known as Shakuhachi (Hocchiku).
7. Katsuragi Jizo
Katsuragi Jizo was built to enshrine a stone with Sanskrit characters, which was unearthed in Engi era. This Jizo is for family safety and prosperous business.
8. Nureginu Zuka
Nureginu Zuka is a tomb for a girl, killed by her father because her stepmother said she stole his fishing clothes. The Japanese saying 'false charge being dressed in wet clothes' comes from this story.
9. Hakata Kozu
Along the sidewalk you will come across displays of historical materials of Hakata. These include an old Edo Period map of Hakata which has the Gion Yamakasa/Oiyama route marked in red ink on it. Another old map shows a votive offering to Sumiyoshi Shrine. There are many interesting historical spots to see.

Hakata Station Area

10. Remains of Ninjin-batake Juku (Koushi Juku)
A female Confucian ,Osamu Takaba, opened a school here, which is said to have been a carrot field during the reign of Fukuoka Han. Mitsuru Toyama and Kotaro Hiraoka, founders of Genyosha, a secret society known as The Dark Ocean Society in English, graduated here. Kyusaku Yumeno mentions this school in his work.
11. Tōrinji Temple
Tōrinji Temple was founded by Jitsuzan Tachibana, a minister of the 3rd lord of Fukuoka Han, Mitsuyuki Kuroda, in 1696. Jitsuzan introduced Senno Rikyu’s secret book to the world.
12. Ryuguji Temple
Ryuguji Temple is famous for its mermaid legend. The legend says that a mermaid was trapped in a fisherman’s net and was buried in this temple. The name Ryuguji comes from this story.
13. Mangyoji Temple
Mangyoji Temple is a Jodo-Shinshu temple built in 1529. The chief priest in the Meiji Period, Shichiri Gojun was a notable priest of this temple. Because of him, there is a Japanese saying 'Preaches for Mangyouji in Hakata'.
14. Shitateruhime Shrine
Shitateruhime Shrine is a branch shrine of Sumiyoshi Shrine. It has been worshiped as the god of marriage by Hakata people since ancient times.

Nakasu Kawabata Area

15. Seiryuu Park Hakata Machiya Kishin Lantern Tower
Standing about 10 meters tall, this stone lantern tower was erected to commemorate the opening of the amusement park Mukoujima, by the pickle merchant, Yahiro Rihei. It was relocated to the southern tip of the park after World War II. With company names carved into the face of 140 of the stones used in construction, at the time of its construction it was Hakata’s most effective advertising tower.
16. Kawabata Uenin Jizo
During the great famine that swept through Japan in 1732, it is said that around 6000 people died in Hakata City alone. In order to mourn the spirits of the deceased, this Jizo (guardian deity of children and travelers) was prayed to. During the annual Kawabata Uenin Jizo Summer Festival from August 23rd~24th, this statue is the site of a Buddhist memorial service for the benefit of suffering spirits.
17. Exhibition room of the remains of the stone fortress at Hakata primary school
Supposed remains of the bulwark, constructed after the war of Bunnei in 1274, in preparation for the next attack. Open for 10:00 to 17:00 on every Saturday and Sunday.
18. Tunashiki Tenmangu
It is said that when Sugawarano Michizane was expelled from the capital and landed at Sodeno Port, the fishermen made a carpet with their nets to welcome him.
19. Houkoku Shrine
Houkoku Shrines is one of multiple shrines that house the deified spirit of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Toyokuni Daimyoujin, and have been erected in parts of Japan in which he was active during his lifetime. Hakata’s shrine was built in 1887. The wealthy merchant Kamiya Soutan, who was well loved by Hideyoshi (so much that Hideyoshi called him by the nickname “the boy of Tsukushi”), had the small shrine built on his property after Hideyoshi’s death to express his gratitude.
20. Totō Guchi
Totō Guchi is the remains of a port for ships between Tang Dynasty and Hakata. This place became the main port of the trade with the Korean Peninsula and mainland China.
21. Monument of Taneo Harada’s Literature
A literature monument of a well-known poet and novelist, Taneo Harada of Fukuoka. His work Fujin was selected to enter the Akutagawa Award and Kakei was one of the finalists of the Naoki Award.
22. Okihama Inari Shrine / Monument for Otojiro Kawakami Birth
It is said that the Grand Master who propagated the Buddhist teachings, Kobo Daishi rested here to refresh when he came back from Tang. In the shrine grounds, there is a monument for Otojiro Kawakami's birth, the founder of a new theater group.
23. Stone Monument to Ichikawa Danjuro the 7th
The famous and beloved actor Ichikawa Danjuro the 7th, of the Edo Period, first arrived in Hakata in 1834. To commemorate the 140th anniversary of his arrival, Ichikawa Danjuro the 12th commissioned a stone monument to be inscribed and erected in Nakashima Park in 1973.