Understanding the formation of Japanese culture from an Asian historical perspective
A 10-minute walk from Nishitetsu Dazaifu Station, the Kyushu National Museum, with its gently curved exterior, was designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. In addition to exhibition spaces and a large hall, the museum features a cafe, shop, seminar rooms and storage area. Much of the natural scenery around the building has been preserved and each season provides a fresh experience.
Architecture: The environmentally friendly building uses solar and thermal energy.
Open cafe: Enjoy drinks and sweets in a spacious, sunlit atmosphere. (10:30~17:00, Fri. & Sat.: ~20:00)
Museum shop: Boasting a wide variety of original products.
Rainbow Tunnel: A long escalator and passage linking Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine and the museum.
Tea ceremony: Experience Japanese culture at the Homan-tei and Kicho-an tea ceremony rooms.
Garden: Enjoy seasonal views from the footpaths.
3F Special Exhibition Gallery
5/19 (Sat.) ~ 7/16 (Mon., hol.)
Impressionist Masterpieces from the E. G. Buehrle Collection, Zurich (Switzerland)
10/2 (Tue.) ~ 12/9 (Sun.)
1/29/19 (Tue.) ~ 3/24/19 (Sun.)
Daigoji Temple: A Shingon Esoteric Buddhist Universe in Kyoto
4F Cultural Exchange Exhibition
4/10 (Tue.) ~ 6/3 (Sun.)
Rich World of Tea Ceremony VIII: Hakata Bunrin and the Tea Utensils Handed Down in the Kuroda Family
7/3 (Tue.) ~ 9/2 (Sun.)
Thousand-Armed Kannon (Sahasrabhuja) and Followers in Ninnaji Temple
7/10 (Tue.) ~ 9/2 (Sun.)
National Treasure: Images on Ritual Bronze Bells
7/21 (Sat.) ~ 9/9 (Sun.)
All-Japan High School Archaeological Legacy 2018
9/12 (Wed.) ~ 10/21 (Sun.)
Hokusai, Nabeshima and Masterpieces of the Proudly Independent Gallerist “Goro Sakamoto”
9/12 (Wed.) ~ 12/23 (Sun., hol.)
50th Anniversary of Dazaifu Historic Site Excavation: Research on the History of Dazaifu
10/30 (Tue.) ~ 12/23 (Sun., hol.)
Matsuura Family Legacy: The Ino Map
1/1/19 (Tue., hol.) ~ 2/24/19 (Sun.)
Beads: The Colourful Treasure from Antiquity
Night Museum Exploration
A behind-the-scenes tour of the museum at night! Explore what’s on the other side of exhibition rooms and ride on the large-scale elevator used for moving cultural properties.
• First Sat. of the month, 18:00~ (approx. 60 min.)
• Registration: 17:00~17:45 (4F)
• Fee: ¥430 (college student ¥130, free for 18 y.o. and under)
Volunteer guides provide behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum.
• Sun., 14:00~ (approx. 50 min.)
• Registration: 12:00~14:00 (volunteer counter, 1F)
• Limit: 30 persons
• 4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
• Open: 9:30~17:00 (Sun. ~ Thu., last entry 16:30), 9:30~20:00 (Fri. & Sat., last entry 19:30)
• Closed: Mon. (open if Mon. falls on a hol. then closed next day, but open on: 5/1 & 28, 6/11 & 25, 7/9, 8/13, and 9/18. Closed on 9/11)
• Admission: Adult ¥430, college student ¥130, free for 18 y.o. and under & over 70 y.o. (ID required)
Dazaifu Liner Bus Tabito
Hakata Bus Terminal → Dazaifu (40 min.) ¥600
Fukuoka Airport International Terminal → Dazaifu (25 min.) ¥500
Nishitetsu Train (from Tenjin)
Tenjin Sta.→ Futsukaichi Sta. (16 min.) → Dazaifu Sta. (5 min.) ¥400
*10 min. walk from Dazaifu Sta.
Originally published in Fukuoka Now Magazine (fn233, May 2018)