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Hands-on Experiences

Here is a list of hands-on experiences to enjoy in Fukuoka. For more information, check out the main pamphlet for Industrial Tourism in Fukuoka.


Sample RiKi Co. Limited

Sample Riki is a manufacturer of plastic food replicas seen in the windows of restaurants throughout Japan. The tour runs on Saturdays and Sundays and you can make your own macaron, parfait or tempura replicas. The phone number for reservations is 092-567-0018, which is also their website address, 5670018.com.

Itoshima Ham Company

Make your own sausages at this Ham Shop. Reservations are required for making sausages. Closed Wednesdays. http://itoshimaham.co.jp.

Asahi Hakata Brewery

Watch how beer is brewed at the only brewery in Fukuoka City. Reservations are required by phone, 092-431-2701. http://www.asahibeer.co.jp/factory/brewery/hakata/

Fukuya Foods Factory

Come watch one of Fukuoka’s specialities, spicy cod roe (mentaiko), prepared by the company that brought it to Japan. You can make your own mentaiko for 1,500 yen. Reservations required one week in advance, 0120-373-565. Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. http://www.fukuya.com



TOTO Kokura Plant No. 1

Come see where ceramic toilets are made. Includes a factory tour and museum. Minimum group of five. Closed Fri., Sat., Sun. and requires a reservation 2 weeks in advance, by phone: 093-951-2053.

Kitakyushu Regional Vocational Training Center, “MyTech Center”

Experience the thrills of being pulled into industrial machinery, or being bombarded by falling objects, as you learn about factory safety hazards through simulations. Closed on National Holidays, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations required, by phone: 093-651-3775. http://mytech.ac.jp.



Ichinose-Yaki Pottery Kiln Association

Five kilns on a quiet mountainside. You can make your own pottery starting at 1,500 yen. Reservations are required, by phone 0943-77-2749. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Koishiwara-Yaki Ceramics Museum

You can decorate or hand-make your own ceramics here, but ask about English. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays and from Dec. 28 to Jan. 4. Reservations required for workshops, but not the museum. By phone, 0946-74-2266.

Sepia Collection

This museum hosts 120 Japanese cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Open only on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations required, by phone 0943-31-1111.

Kirin Brewery Company

This brewery in Asakura city offers tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day but Monday and New Year’s week. Reservations are required, by phone 0946-23-2132. http://www.kirin.co.jp/about/brewery/factory/fuku

Chikuzen Akizuki Japanese Paper-Making Workshop

Paper making has been a traditional craft here since the Edo era. You can tour the workshop and try your hand at making your own paper (1000 yen). Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Reservations are required, by phone 0946-25-0517. http://akizukiwashi4daime.seesaa.net



Kaho Theater

This traditional stage was built for kabuki in 1931, and still hosts various performances. You can attend shows or tour the building, including the under- and back-stage areas. Tours run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and reservations are not required, but phone to check, as they don’t offer tours on show days. By phone, 0948-22-0266 or online at http://www.kahogekijyo.com.

Tagawa City Coal Mining Museum

Explore the history of Chikuho’s coal industry through dioramas, replicas and original structures preserved on-site. Reservations are not required, but call ahead as the schedule can be confusing. By phone, 0947-44-5745 or online at http://www.joho.tagawa.fukuoka.jp/sekitan/

Miyawaka Odeshi-Neko Promotion Association

Maybe you’ve seen “Maneki-Neko” cats that beckon you and good fortune. Miyawaka City is famous for a folk tale about cats chasing away bad luck. You can glaze your own cat figurine here. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays. Reservations required for cat-glazing, by phone, 0949-55-5625 or online, http://www.fukuoka.com/wakimiya/neko.