A Tale of Two Cities: Explore a Different Side of Fukuoka

Include these in your itinerary!

By car, Munakata City and Fukutsu City are only 40 minutes away from Tenjin, the center of Fukuoka City in the Fukuoka Prefecture. And for a quick but relaxing getaway, these places are perfect! Pay a visit to a shrine designated as a World Cultural Heritage site or order a large bowl of seafood for meal if you’re feeling peckish.

Munakata City

Hotel Greges
600 Kounominato, Munakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-94-038-7700
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. then 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Restaurant), 11 a.m. until sunset (cafe), and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Palm Beach Club) daily.

Hotel Greges’ view of the sea is best seen from the “bell of happiness”.

Hotel Greges is reminiscent of a Mediterranean resort. From the hotel, which stands on high ground, you can watch the entirety of the horizon. Both day-trippers and hotel guests alike can enjoy the food from the restaurant and the cafe while taking in the scenery. The restaurant of Hotel Greges is notable for its chef, Kenma Hyodo, who has participated in international competitions for French cuisine as a representative of Japan.

The evening sun as seen from Hotel Greges. If it’s cloudy, you can see sunbeams.

Munakata Taisha
2331, Tashima, Munakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-94-062-1311
Open daily throughout the year.

Munakata Taisha Shrine, where the three Munakata Goddesses are said to have descended.

Munakata Taisha is a shrine devoted to the three Munakata Goddesses, and it is the head shrine among all the Munakata Shrines throughout the country. It is designated as a World Heritage site, and is known as the "Sacred Island of Okinoshima and Associated Sites in the Munakata Region."

661-1, Kouboshibara, Eguchi, Munakata City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-94-062-7700
Open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily except Mondays.

Mikazuki-an devised the Seafood Tendon Bowl because they wanted to serve something totally new that cannot be served in other restaurants. For ¥1,200, they will serve you a bowl of rice heaped with seven kinds of tempura, which include conger, fugu, and Shiba shrimp. The seafood tempura is fresh and crunchy because they are fried only after your order.

The store is a detached house built 30 years ago. In addition to a Japanese-style room, they have a private room with seats and a table.

Fukutsu City

Machiokoshi Center - Tsuyazaki-sengen Nagomi
Contact: +81-94-052-2122
Open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except on Tuesdays.

Patisserie Etoiles
3-11-17, Tuyazaki Town, Fukutsu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-94-052-5292
Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except on Tuesdays.


Take a stroll around Tsuyazaki-sengen Nagomi for its elegant townscape of old houses, or visit the gallery, or even the Machiokoshi Center, a tourism information area. Try to drop by Patisserie Etoiles where they serve sweets made of locally produced ingredients as well.

Miyajidake Shrine
7-1, Miyajimotomachi, Fukutsu City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Contact: +81-94-052-0016
Open daily throughout the year.

Miyajidake Shrine is the head shrine of the Miyajidake Shrines all over the country. It is famous for its powers in luck and in good business. The walk to the shrine leads up to the sea and is famous as a filming location of a TV commercial. In February and October, this transforms into a “road of light.”

Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kyushu Walker™ (21 April 2018)

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