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Stuck in Fukuoka - recommendations 2018/9/30 17:06
My flight to Yakushima was canceled and I'm stuck in Fukuoka. Going to Yakushima next is no longer an option. I have 2 days before I need to be in Ibusuki after which I will hit Nagasaki and then Karatsu before flying out of Fukuoka. Any recommendations of what to do between Fukuoka and Ibusuki? I like hiking, temples, food, and onsens.
by Heather (guest)  

Re: Stuck in Fukuoka - recommendations 2018/9/30 19:56
Definitely Dazaifu. Specially the temple right close to the shrine (which is also nice). I could spend a long time just gazing into their zen garden. Plus you have a large and very interesting museum. Easy to reach from Fukuoka.

If you want to see some pictures prior to going: http://bicycletraveljapan.blogspot.com/2017/11/day-55-dazaifu-to-fukuo...

Dazaifu could easily fill up a day.

For the second day I did enjoy Yoshinogari historical park by Saga: http://bicycletraveljapan.blogspot.com/2017/11/day-53-yanagawa-to-saga...

But that might be harder to reach.

Enjoy your time in Kyushu!
by LikeBike (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Stuck in Fukuoka - recommendations 2018/9/30 21:55
Dazaifu is a good option. My post is not that good because there is one day of the week when the main museum is closed (along with the main temple that day I visited): https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2680

Another few options include:

Nokonoshima Island: https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2677

Karatsu: https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2688

Yanagawa: https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2676

Mojiko: https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2685

Kokura: https://www.japan-guide.com/community/mfedley/report-2684
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Stuck in Fukuoka - recommendations 2018/10/1 13:09
Thank you both. I just finished a 1/2 day visit to Dazaifu and am on my way to spend a couple of hours at Yoshinogari Historical Park (I hope).
by h (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Stuck in Fukuoka - recommendations 2018/10/1 13:26
Kagoshima City and Sakurajima are on your way to Ibusuki.
by Umami Dearest rate this post as useful

Re: Stuck in Fukuoka - recommendations 2018/10/1 13:52
Just 20 minutes by train from Hakata Station in Fukuoka is the Nanzoin Temple - one of Japan's very best yet nearly unknown to most. Very worthwhile.
https://youtu.be/lT4VQFmHFyM

Kumamoto has a number of good places, especially around Mt Aso. If you rent a car, there are many more great places besides the volcano - Kikuchi Gorge, the Daikanbo Lookout, Nabegadaki Falls, the Yamabuki Suigen springhead, and many more.

On your way to Nagasaki, don't miss the chance to stop by the Yutoku Inari Shrine - it really is one of the jewels of the island - and almost always uncrowded.
https://youtu.be/2UU_1Aip_l4
by Ken (guest) rate this post as useful

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