Fukubiru Shibafu Beer Garden – 2017 Report

The beer garden at the rooftop of Fukuoka Building, “Fukubiru Shibafu Beer Garden” is one of the city’s longest-standing beer gardens. And on May 18, Fukuoka Now Staff got the chance the attend their pre-opening event! Grill your own meat – take as much as you can! – and mix your own drinks, all for […]

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Custard Cream Apple Pie Store “Ringo” Opens In Tenjin

Bake Inc. the Hokkaido-based company behind the wildly successful brand “Bake” cheese tarts, will open a new shop, also in Fukuoka’s Tenjin Chikagai (underground shopping center) for their new brand, Ringo on May 22. Like Bake, the new shop will sell only one product, custard cream apple pies. You can expect long lines as the […]

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Hakata Dontaku 2017 Guide

Each year in May, the Hakata Dontaku Port Festival fills Fukuoka with excitement and attracts more than two million people, making it the highest attended festival in Japan during Golden Week. What? You’ve never been? Surely you must be curious…

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Startup Cafe Moves into FUKUOKA growth next

A facility to support business startups called “FUKUOKA growth next” opened inside the former Daimyo Elementary School in the center of Tenjin, Fukuoka. The Startup Cafe, which first opened in Tsutaya Book Store (Imaizumi), has also relocated to this location.

Providing help to companies just setting out, the Startup Cafe and FUKUOKA growth next, offer support across six types of services, including educational assistance, public-private partnerships, community development, human resources, fundraising and…

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Clam Digging Guide 2017

At the beginning of Spring, you may notice clusters of people digging at the mouth of the Muromigawa River. They’re not panning for gold, but for something much tastier – clams! In Japan, shiohigari (digging for clams) is a popular leisure activity for…

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Boat Race Fukuoka Event – May 13, 2017

Boat Race Fukuoka – Special event for tourists and international residents! 2017 May 13 (Sat.) 13:00~16:30 at Boat Race Fukuoka (15 minute walk from Tenjin Sta.) This is a rare opportunity to learn about and experience Boat Race. It’s a highly competitive sport in which small but high-powered speed boats race around a water track. […]

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Discovering Hizen Pottery in Kyushu

Hizen was the name of an old province in Kyushu near Saga and Nagasaki prefectures. In April 2016, after cooperation between local governments, Hizen Pottery Zone was approved as a Japanese heritage site by The Agency for Cultural Affairs. Since then, cities in Saga and Nagasaki prefectures have been doing their best to promote the area to Japanese and foreign visitors. This monitor tour was part of the project…

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Fukuoka Castle Sakura Festival Extended – Sakura Guide Update

Due to the the later than expected blooming of sakura trees the Fukuoka Castle Sakura Festival has been extended 6 additional days until April 9. It was originally scheduled to end on April 3. The sakura illumination (entry fees required in some areas) as well as the gourmet yatai and BBQ food stalls will stay open during the extended period. On the weekend there will be volunteer sakura guides and special staff for foreign…

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Discover the Hidden Gems of Oita, Kyushu

Famed for its geothermal activity, cultural festivals, and beautiful agricultural land- and seascapes, Oita Prefecture is a vast and beautiful region. Each component district is home to a variety of towns with unique histories and wonderful local people who share their culture and history eagerly with visitors. A short trip from central Fukuoka, this region is a wonderful place for a weekend getaway or short mid-week trip, but knowing which sites to cover can be…

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Kurume Kasuri Expo 2017 – Photo Report

On March 18th and 19th the twentieth anniversary of the Kurume Kasuri Expo was held and attracted more people than ever – including us! Twenty-eight manufacturers displayed their textiles, accessories and clothing. From traditional to modern, machine and handmade, and even some Western-style fusion pieces too. Many came to see the creative designs but even […]

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