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Kitakyushu

Kitakyushu Region – The northernmost region of Fukuoka Prefecture, and in fact all of the Kyushu island. Also heavily populated. Honshu, Japan’s main island, can be seen across the narrow Kanmon Straight at the northern end of this region. Kitakyushu is also the name of the largest city within this region.

Ashiya-machi

at a glance Ashiya-machi is home to the Ashiya Air Base, famous for its appearance in the 1970 movie Tora! Tora! Tora! In July and August, enjoy the beautiful hamayu flowers and lovely beaches. festivals Hanabi Taikai Late July Gion Yamakasa August 15th Ashiya Sand Sculpture Matsuri Late August getting there By bus: Take the …

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Buzen-shi

at a glance Buzen has a population of roughly 29 000, and is famous for the best oysters in the region. festivals Hon-machi Gion Late April – early May Karasutengu Matsuri November 2nd Otaue Matsuri Late March Tengu Matsuri 3rd weekend October getting there by train. On the JR Nippo Line, get off at Unoshima …

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Chikujo-machi

at a glance Chikujo-machi is known for its 1000 plum trees, and for being home to Japan’s third oldest Japanese cinnamon tree (said to be about 1900 years old.) It is also the site of the beautiful Tsunashiki Tenmangu Shrine.

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Koge-machi

at a glance Koge-machi was formerly two towns, Shin Yoshitomi-mura and Taihei-mura festivals Bamboo Lantern Matsuri Late September Gyurashi Matsuri November 1st Sunday points of interest Kagura wooden mask-making group meets on Thursday evenings. For information call Koge-machi Board of Education on 0979-72-3111. Taiheiraku is a huge complex with hot springs, sports grounds, gift shops …

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Miyako-machi

at a glance Miyako-machi was recently formed when Katsuyama-machi, Saigawa-machi, and Toyotsu-machi merged. There is a Tourist Information Center located at the heart of the Toyotsu district. festivals Culture/Agriculture/Fireworks Matsuri 3rd weekend of November Himawari Matsuri August Irei Matsuri August 21st Jinkosai Matsuri Late April Kagara Matsuri 1st weekend of May Mikoshi Matsuri 2nd weekend …

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Mizumaki-machi

at a glance Visit Mizumaki-machi in autumn for the annual Cosmos Flower Festival. For more information about the town as well as local folktales, check out Mizumaki-machi’s official website in English: www.town.mizumaki.fukuoka.jp/eng/index.htm getting there By train: Get off at Higashi Mizumaki Station on the JR Fukuhoku Yutaka Line. living there Daiei is a chain store offering …

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Nakama-shi

Nakama  at a glance Nakama has a population of more than 47 000. It’s a predominantly suburban area that feels like an extension of Kitakyushu City. festivals Chikuzen Nakama Cherry Blossom Matsuri Late March-early April Kisshoji Temple Wisteria Matsuri April 27-29th Chikuzen Nakamagawa Matsuri August 15th Chikuzen Nakama Yacchare Matsuri 3rd weekend of October getting …

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Okagaki-machi

Festivals Matsuri Okagaki End of October Points of Interest Budou no Ki Village (Grape Tree Village) is a quiet place with a bakery, wine shop, cafe, buffet yakiniku restaurant and a traditional Japanese restaurant. You can rent your own little villa for lunch or dinner, with karaoke included. Great for a group! It’s run by …

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Yoshitomi-machi

at a glance Yoshitomi-machi is on the border of Fukuoka and Oita. It’s the base of a small puppetry troupe that uses very old, traditional rod puppets called bunraku.

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Yukuhashi-shi

at a glance Yukuhashi is the birthplace of Suematsu Kencho, a Cambridge University graduate, famous politician and statesman during the Meiji era. It’s also famous for its produce, including figs, peaches and oysters festivals Cosmoppe August Nanohana Matsuri Late March Minoshima Sangyozai Late November getting there By train: At Kokura Station on the JR Kagoshima …

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