>Nakasu riverside and surroundings course Course 1

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is the only museum in the world that collects and exhibits Asian modern and contemporary art. It has about 2800 pieces gathered from 22 different areas in Asia. Besides exhibitions, it also holds various interactive events such as long-term productions by artists and workshops.
7 & 8th Floor, Riverain Center Bldg., 3-1, Shimokawabatamachi, Hakata-ku
TEL: 092-263-1100 Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Last entry to galleries 19:30)
Closed: Wednesday (Open on public holidays and the next weekday is closed)
http://faam.city.fukuoka.lg.jp
Crossing over Nakagawa River, Fukuhaku Deai Bridge connects Nakasu, Hakata-ku to Nishi- Nakasu, Chuo-ku. The name comes from its location where Fukuoka, the western castle town, meets (deai in Japanese) Hakata, the east merchant town. If you look carefully, you will notice that the gazebo area in the middle of the bridge is made of cups and spears inspired by the world of Kuroda Bushi, a folk song of Fukuoka.
Nishi-nakasu, Chuo-ku - Nakasu, Hakata-ku
Three Maiko Maidens is a bronze statue of three Maiko at the foot of Fukuhaku Deai Bridge that connects Hakata and Fukuoka. It is based on the Hakata dolls made by Yoichi Kojima, a Hakata Dolls craftsman. His work won the silver award at the Paris International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts in 1925. This made Hakata Dolls famous throughout the world.
4, Nakasu, Hakata-ku
Hakata Kawabata Shopping Arcade is the oldest shopping street in Hakata with 125 shops under the 400 meter long arcade. You can find souvenirs of Hakata such as Yamakasa goods and Hakata dolls. In the center of the arcade, Kawabata Zenzai Square, you can always see the Yamakasa decoration of Hakata Gion Yamakasa. Zenzai (Japanese sweets) is sold on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and other event days.
Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku TEL: 092-281-6223
http://www.hakata.or.jp (Kamikawabata Shopping Street)
This over 50 year-old, retro building of Showa was renovated due to the idea of keeping and using old buildings. Now it is an attractive place with cafes and galleries, and it holds various events.
9-35, Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku
TEL: 092-985-4562 (Office / Closed on Tuesday)
http://www.reizensou.com
Opened in 1934, Brasileiro holds the title of the oldest coffee shop in all of Fukuoka. Their roasted-in-house coffee includes 6 different blends (Blends starting at ¥450, Straight from ¥580), and they also serve baked sweets, and western style food. Once highly frequented as a salon by Fukuoka’s cultural elite, now enjoyed as a popular spot by men and women of all ages.
Hakata-ward Tenyamachi 1-20
Tel: 092-271-0021
Business Hours:
 (Mon- Fri) 10AM- Last Order at 8PM
 (Sat) 10AM - Last Order at 630PM
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Hakata Riverain Hakataza Theater is an exclusive theater for Kabuki, musicals and top singers’ performances, which are held in turn, monthly. These shows are all well worthy of the reputation as Geidokoro Hakata (Hakata as the Artistic Place). The auditorium is structured in three-layers and the audience can enjoy the performance from any seats. The theater is functional with the Hanamichi (elevated runway) available for Kabuki; and the musicals are presented with the live orchestras. You will definitely enjoy their powerful performances.
2-1, Shimokawabatamachi, Hakata-ku TEL: 092-263-5555
Opening Hours: Varies by performances
http://www.hakataza.co.jp
Ishimura Manseido, one of the oldest producers of Japanese sweets representing Hakata, was founded in 1905. Tsurunoko were the first sweets in Japan to use marshmallows. The sweet is a rich soft dough filled with marshmallow and a paste of egg yolk and sweet beans. During the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival, they calculate the time the tip of the float crosses the finish line from the 2nd floor of the shop.
2-1, Susakimachi, Hakata-ku TEL: 092-291-1592
Opening Hours: 9:00-20:00 Open Everyday
http://www.ishimura.co.jp

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