Museums and Galleries in Fukuoka
As a gateway between Japan and the rest of Asia, Fukuoka has more than its share of art galleries, and some of the best museums in Japan.
The newly completed Kyushu National Museum is a world-class museum just a short train ride from the city centre. Built at enormous expense, it is architecturally astounding, while not overshadowing the permanent exhibitions of important Japanese artifacts it contains.
The Asian Art Museum is located on the top floor of one of the most high-class department stores in the city, beside a beautiful indoor atrium. Its constantly-changing exhibitions of art from around Asia and welcoming atmosphere bring in a young crowd. The prefectural and city art galleries offer more traditional, but no less beautiful, fare.
For a taste of living history, the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum can’t be beat. In addition to displays on a variety of traditions, local artisans are on hand to give you the chance to experience such arts as weaving, traditional musical instruments, and pottery.
These are just a taste of the culture Fukuoka has to offer!
Museums and Galleries – Our Favourites
Kyushu National Museum
This is only the fourth national museum in Japan, and its amazing architecture has drawn visitors from across the country. It's a train ride out of the city to nearby Dazaifu, but it's well worth it.
Fukuoka City Museum
In the lovely Momochi area, this museum hosts several permanent exhibitions on local culture, as well as major revolving exhibitions from around the world.
Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
This unassuming gallery is a little hard to find, in Suzaki Park in North Tenjin, but runs some great exhibitions.
Fukuoka Art Museum
Its location in the middle of Ohori Park gives this gallery a relaxed atmosphere that makes an hour or two spent here seem rejuvenating. Permanent exhibitions of local and foreign art mix with revolving modern exhibitions.
Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
The place to go to experience traditional arts for yourself. Try weaving, playing instruments, or pottery.