Learn History of Fukuoka: Museums in Fukuoka

Because of Fukuoka’s long history, you can feel the significance of that history even today. Fukuoka also experiences unique cultural events that are not specific to its history and geography as a result of its proximity to China and Korea. There are a number of archeological sites in Fukuoka, and if you are at all interested in history, you will enjoy the rich stories surrounding Fukuoka. Today, I would like to introduce you to the museums that really tell you those stories.

Kyushu Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan (Kyushu National Museum)

If you are looking for a museum to learn Japan’s culture in the context of its historical relationship to Asia, this museum is the largest of its kind. The museum houses a number of exhibits that show Fukuoka’s intriguing experiences with Asia. On the first floor, you can enter a hands on exhibition called “Ajippa” to try on ethnic clothing and musical instruments without charge. This museum is right next to Dazaifu Shrine that enshrines Sugawara no Michizane who was widely known for his extraordinary intelligence.

-10 minute walk from Nishitetsu Railway Dazaifu station

-Hours 9:00-17:00 *Closed on Mondays

-Admission – 420 yen except for special exhibitions


Fukuoka-shi Hakubutsukan (Fukuoka City Museum)

In this museum, you can learn the wider region’s history and various ethnic cultures. Because of Fukuoka’s proximity to the Eurasia Continent and the Korean Peninsula, people in Fukuoka face exotic people, goods, and culture that others could not even imagine in the rest of Japan. You can find curious historical facts and learn how the people in the ancient times lived. You must see Kinin (The Golden stamp) found in 57 AD, which is on permanent display in the museum. Located in Seaside Momochi, the museum is close to Fukuoka Tower and Yafukuoku Dome. You can definitely make an entire day of sightseeing in the area.

ⒸFukuoka City

-15 minute walk from Subway Nishijin Station

-Hours 9:00-17:30 *Closed on Mondays

-Admission – 200 yen except for special exhibitions