Learn the history of Hakata city at Hakata-machiya Furusato Hall!

Hello everyone, it’s Nagabuchi from “Burabura Fukuoka”!
Today, I’d like to introduce a special place where you can learn the history and culture of Hakata. It is located in front of the Kushida Shrine so it’s nice to visit both of them while your there.

2018-09-10   Visit: Museums, Fukuoka,

Hakatamachiya Furusato Hall

You can see how people in Hakata used to live 100 years ago!

Hakata-machiya Furusato Hall is a museum that utilizes a 120-year old Machiya house, where the history and culture of Hakata during the Meiji and Taisho periods (90~130 years ago) are on exhibit.

Hakata-machiya Furusato Hall

Hakata-machiya Furusato Hall

Traditional festivals and events are introduced on the first floor. The Hakata Gion Festival is a must see exhibit.

Hakata dolls

Traditional crafts are exhibited on the second floor.
A demonstration for coloring the Hakata dolls is available here, and the techniques have been passed down for over 400 years. The popular doll is a woman’s figure, and you can see its detailed coloring and sophisticated expressions. You can also experience coloring dolls yourself for a small fee, so please give it a try!

Hakata cloth

A demonstration for making Hakata cloth is performed in the building next door.
This cloth is a specialty of Hakata and uses fine threading that is drawn through a thick warp (the lengthwise yarn used in weaving cloth). Most of the samurai during the Edo period wore Hakata belts. These belts were used to hold the sheath for their swords.
Nowadays, the cloth is used for such as bags, wallets, and ties.


There is a 100-year old rickshaw in front of the museum.
I recommend taking a guided tour around town.
It costs about 1,500 to 4,500 yen, depending on the areas you visit.

There are souvenir shops that have nostalgic candies and toys, so it’s really good for those who want to learn more about Hakata.

It’s the place where all of Hakata’s crafts are exhibited.

Hakata Traditional Crafts Hall is located diagonally opposite to the museum. You can see Hakata Magemono-ware and Hakata Goma (Bamboo Tops). I have introduced these before, so please check them out.

Hakata Traditional Crafts Hall

Hakata Traditional Crafts Hall

Hakata dolls
Hakata dolls
Hakata cloth
Hakata cloth
Hakata Magemono-ware and Hakata Goma

I also recommend visiting Kushida Shrine, as well as this museum when you visit Hakata.

※ This article was contributed by “Bura Bura Fukuoka”.
“Hakata machi aruki Bura Bura Fukuoka” offers historical experiences for foreign visitors in Japan, Foreign guides, arrangements for a Kimono wearing experience, and other services.
For more details, please see this website
(Japanese, English and Chinese websites are available)


6-10 Reisenmachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

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Address 6-10 Reisenmachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Hours 10:00~18:00 (Last entry is 17:30)
Price 200 yen(Free for under the junior high school students)
Close 29th Dec to 31st Dec.
Access 5 min walk from the “Nakasukawabata” and “Gion” subway stations.
Phone 092-281-7761
Website http://www.hakatamachiya.com/english