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Nokonoshima Island (½ day)
From Meinohama Passenger Terminal a ferry departs to the island every hour. The ride only takes 10 minutes. A ticket costs 460 Yen roundtrip for a person and 240 Yen for a bicycle.
You can go to Meinohama Passenger Terminal from downtown Tenjin by bus 300, 301, 302 or 304 and get off at Noko Tosenba. From there you need to walk to the Ferry terminal.
If you like to go around the island on a bicycle you could rent a Seaside Bike from various locations for only 100 Yen per hour, which can be paid by credit card. There are two good locations at approximately 15 minutes cycling from the ferry terminal at Fukuoka Tower and underneath the Hilton Hotel Sea Hawk. More information about the Seaside bike rental can be found here. From downtown Tenjin you can take bus W1 to one of these locations.
Ohori Park (1-2 hrs)
You can observe carps in the pond and wild birds up close or make a ride in a swan boat. These boats are available from March to October.
The entrance to the park is free. The nearest subway station is Ohorikoen and the nearest bus stop is Nishitetsu Ohorikoen.
Japanese Garden (1 hr)
The spectacular garden is designed in the Kaiyu style, which follows the traditional Japanes garden-making techniques while combining some modern features.
The garden is open daily (except Mondays) from 9 am to 5 pm. The entrance fee is 240 Yen.
Fukuoka Castle Ruins (1-2 hrs)
From the base of the main tower you get great views on the city and the park.
A great period to go there is during Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom Festival. From March 18 to April 4 the Maizuru park will be lit up in the evening. Let the whimsical scene of the cherry blossoms and the Castle unfold before your eyes.
The entrance to the ruins is free. By bus you can go to ‘Nishitetsu Jonai Bijutsukan Higashi-guchi’ bus stop, or go to Ohorikoen subway station and walk through Ohori park.
Fukuoka Tower (1-2 hrs)
The normal ticket for the observation desk is 800 Yen, but there is a special price for foreigners: 640 Yen. You can go there by bus from downtown. Take bus W1 from stop 1A at Tenjin station 1st floor. A ticket costs 230 Yen (cash) and the driving time is 15 minutes.
Fukuoka Art Museum (2 hrs)
The entrance fee is only 200 Yen. The opening hours are from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and the museum is closed on Mondays except when it is a public holiday. Ohorikoen is the nearest subway station and then you have to walk through Ohori park. By bus you can go to ‘Nishitetsu Jonai Bijutsukan Higashi-guchi’ bus stop.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (½-1 day)
There is also the Kyushu National museum where you can see the formation of Japanese culture in a context of Asian history. This museum is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm (except Mondays) and costs 400 yen per person.
Besides a visit to the shrine and the museum you should stroll through the small streets of this old touristy village and try some Japanese delicacies. Dazaifu is a place where you can expect to see people in traditional Japanese clothes.
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