What Is It: Experience the history and architectural beauty of a Shinto shrine while visiting Fukuoka. The Kushida Shrine and the Chikuzen Sumiyoshi Shrine, two of the oldest shrines in Fukuoka, are both located in central Fukuoka, making them easily accessible for travelers staying in the city center.
Why Do It: Not only are the shrines great places to snap a photo, there are some attractions that are noteworthy too. The Kushida Shrine is home to the largest otafuku mask in Japan, which is set up during the winter months. While at the Sumiyoshi Shrine, you’ll want to high-five the statue of the sumo wrestler, as it’s said that if you touch his hands, you gain some of his strength.
Good to Know: Popular events occur at both of the shrines, so you may want to do some research before heading to the shrines to see if your visit aligns with one of the noteworthy festivals. For example, one of Fukuoka’s coolest festivals, Hakata Gion Yamakasa, occurs at the Kushida Shrine in July every year.