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Chikuho

Chikuho Region – The eastern region of the prefecture

Nogata-shi

at a glance Once a thriving coal-producing city, Nogata-shi has evolved into a commuter-friendly center for those traveling to Fukuoka City, Kitakyushu or Tagawa areas. festivals Gojinko Matsuri Early October (Biannual) Nogata Tulip Festival Early April Nogata Hanabi Festival Early August getting there By train, JR Nogata Station lies on the Fukuhoku Yutaka Line. Costing …

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Tagawa-shi

at a glance Tagawa-shi was once the center of the thriving coal industry for all of Japan. It also supports a limestone and cement industry founded in 1943, which cost it the top half of one of its tallest mountains, Kawara-dake. The population of 50,000 are renowned for their gritty characters and distinctive local dialect, …

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Aka-mura

at a glance Home to 1400 people, Aka village has many pottery sites to visit A large onsen in the village offers open-air rock pools (men on odd days, women on even) and a Japanese cypress bath (around ¥600 per person) getting there By train, from Nogata or Tagawa-ita Station, change to the Heisei-Chikuho Railroad …

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Iizuka-shi

at a glance Three large hills or mounds plopped in the center of town let you know you’re in this city of 83 000. “Ii” means rice, and “zuka” or “tsuka” is a reading for mound, hence the origin of the city’s name. Recently merged with neighboring Chikuho, Shonai, Honami and Kaita, Iizuka is home …

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Kama-shi

at a glance In 2006, the local administration officially merged the small cities of Inatsuki, Yamada, Usui and Kaho to create what is now Kama-shi today. Mainly consists of countryside scenery and home to Mt. Haseyama, but fruit and vegetable stands can be found in abundance during the summer. Home to the Kotohira Art Museum, …

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Kawara-machi

at a glance Take a trip to Monkey Mountain, where the monkeys are treated like gods, and despite being fed constantly by the locals, are known to frequently steal crops from farmers and escape their habitat to terrorize students at nearby schools getting there by train… Kawara Station on the JR Hita-Hikosan Line

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Keisen-machi

getting there by train… Keizen Station on the JR Fukuhoku-Yutaka Line by car… On Route 200, about 8km south of Iizuka-shi points of interest Otsuka Kofun 大塚古墳 is the town’s main attraction, a 1500-year-old burial mound that can only be viewed twice a year. There is a museum adjacent to the mound which has a …

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Kurate-machi

at a glance A small town of about 19 000 people which is sells famous sweet purple grapes in the summer. getting there By train, the JR Kurate Station is on the JR Fukuhoku-Yutaka Line (from Hakata, switch at JR Nogata Station to a train heading towards either Mojiko or Orio) points of interest Furutsuki …

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Miyawaka-shi

at a glance A town of about 21,000 people, many of whom are employed by Toyota, which has a factory here. Incorporates former Wakamiya and Miyata-machi and was once home to a POW camp that was disbanded at the end of the WWII. It`s also famous for the Gojinko Festival, which is held once every …

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Oto-machi

at a glance A collection of villages on the edge of Tagawagun that merged into one in the late 19th century Features a huge museum of cacti Events held at the local community center; also a library and a small local archaeology exhibition in the foyer (closed Mon, Tel 0947-63-4832) Points of interest OTO Rainbow …

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