Bond With Your Kids in Fukuoka by Visiting These Spots
Learn how to make toys, handmade noodles, and more.
Looking for somewhere new to take your kids (or younger siblings) other than the mall? Here are some leisure and shopping facilities to take your kids along on their day off. These are places from Fukuoka City and Itoshima City, where both parents and children can have fun learning and creating new things together.
Make your own wooden rubber band guns at Ki no Omocha Orange Mura in Miyanoura, Fukuoka City
The elaborate designs are captivating.
Their most famous event is the wooden toy making headed by a craftsman who was also a finalist on the TV Champion Wooden Toys Tournament. You can also try making other wooden toys such as rubber band-powered cars or boats (both ￥600), wooden rubber band guns, and marble roller coaster (both ￥800) without making a reservation.
Let’s make and play with wooden rubber band guns that can fire in succession!
One trial lesson lasts for 30 to 60 minutes.
Ki no Omocha Orange Mura is located at 1914 Miyanoura, West District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You may contact them at +81-92-809-1355. Wooden Toy Making starts from ￥600.
Be a ramen master with your own handmade noodles at Child Kitchen in Sanno, Fukuoka City
Use the pasta machine for cutting out noodles. Put on your desired toppings.
You can personally experience how to make ramen and gyoza at the food education facility on the second floor of Ippudo Sanno Branch. Use wheat in making noodle strips, then stomp your feet on them to develop texture. Furthermore, use the same tools in ramen shops to strain the noodles.
Child Kitchen is located at 2/F Ippudo Sanno Factory, 2-2-7 Sanno, Hakata District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. It is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (schedules may vary). You may contact them at +81-92-473-2026. Entrance fee costs ￥1,800 per person.
Roll around some sugar in the iron pot at Konpeitou Kingdom in Shimizu, Fukuoka City
Konpeitou (Japanese rock candy) master teaches the secrets of its shape. You’ll receive a certificate of completion after the class.
You will get to learn the history of the Portugal-born sugar candy and actually make them. The lesson takes around 90 minutes in the konpeitou kitchen workshop with 85-cm diameter iron pot. Caramel-making accepts grade 4 elementary students and older.
Konpeitou Kingdom is located at 1-16-11 Shimizu, South District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. Konpeitou Making starts at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sugar Art Class and Caramel Making starts at 3 p.m. (schedules may vary). You may contact them at +81-92-554-3001. Konpeitou Making costs ￥1,000 for two year olds and older.
Make your own mentaiko at HAKU HAKU Hakata food and culture interactive museum in Sharyo, Fukuoka City
Put mentaiko (cod roe), seasoning, and red pepper in a plastic bag and then marinate.
HAKU HAKU is a museum where you can experience the food culture in Hakata. They offer a mentaiko factory tour, “My Mentaiko Making” (around 40 minutes), and “Mentaiko Food Sample Making” every day.
HAKU HAKU is located at 2-14-28 Sharyo, East District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. Trial classes start at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. daily except Tuesdays (open during summer break). You may contact them at +81-92-621-8989. Entrance fee costs ￥300 for JHS & above, free for elementary students & below. Mentaiko Making costs ￥1,500 per pack.
Try spinning the potter’s wheel and make ceramics at Pottery Square Akapiman in Kego, Fukuoka City
Hand-forming course lasts around 90 minutes. You can make a Japanese tea cup, rice bowl, or a plate.
Feel free to enjoy pottery in a workshop in the Tenshin area. Those who are five years old and older can use the hand-operated pottery wheel by themselves; while younger children must be accompanied by an adult during the lesson. The created item can be claimed a month later.
Pottery Square Akapiman is located at 5/F South Garden 1-6-56 Kego, Central District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. Trial starts from 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and an additional 5 p.m. during weekends and Japanese national holidays. Closed every second Monday of the month. You may contact them at +81-92-722-3211. Pottery Making starts from ￥2,000.
Try your hand at making food samples at Sample RIKI in Kashihara, Fukuoka City
Pick your favorite fruits as toppings during the parfait making (lasts around 90 minutes).
Pair up with your child and make food samples that are so detailed you’ll mistake them for real food! There are a variety of dishes to choose from, such as parfaits and cakes, natto rice (fermented soybean rice bowl), and ikuradon (salmon roe rice bowl). Participants must be three years old or older.
Sample RIKI is located at 4-20-30 Kashihara, South District, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (schedules may vary). You may contact them at +81-92-567-0018. Parfait Making starts from ￥1,620, and Natto Rice Making costs ￥3,450.
Have a BBQ with sausages you made yourself at Itoshima Handmade Ham in Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Lasts between 90 to 120 minutes. Have a taste of freshly made sausages and take home what you can’t eat!
Learn how to make the store’s bestseller, garlic-flavored fresh Vienna sausage. Each participant makes 800 grams worth of sausages, and have a BBQ party after (you may bring other ingredients and/or drinks). Elementary level students and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Itoshima Handmade Ham is located at 647-2 Tomari, Itoshima City, Fukuoka. Trial starts from 10 a.m. daily except Wednesdays. You may contact them at +81-92-324-2821. Entrance fee costs ￥2,700 for JHS & above, free for elementary & below.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (7 September 2019)