1 Day in Ukiha:
Art Exploration in Fukuoka
Discover the many faces of Fukuoka’s art scene in Ukiha and Kurume Cities in southeastern Fukuoka Prefecture.
Depart from Hakata Station
Disembark at Kurume Station and change trains for Chikugo-Yoshii Station
Board the next train
Arrive at Chikugo-Yoshii Station
Start slow by dropping by Gallery & Café Kougadou for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee. There are regular art and photo exhibitions, showcased with a soothing jazz soundtrack in the background.
Explore art and antiques
Head out to take a closer look at the retro, white-walled streets of Yoshiimachi, which was a post town on the Bungo Kaido during the Edo Period (1603-1868). There are many charming shops with antiques and local crafts, including the delightful Yoshii kokeshi dolls.
Light lunch in the old town district
Enjoy lunch the way locals do: buy some sandwiches at bakery pan no mocca and pair them with a cup of coffee at Ebisumachi Coffee, a rustic café that roasts its own beans. The café also serves toast, but bringing your own food is perfectly fine.
Hop on the train at Chikugo-Yoshii Station
Arrive at Minami-Kurume Station
Kurume City Art Museum
Spend some time discovering famed Kurume- and Kyushu-born artists such as Hanjiro Sakamoto and Shigeru Aoki and other Kyushu-yoga (Kyushu-based artists who create Western-style works) painters. Don’t forget to drop by Café and Gallery Shop Rakusuitei for some matcha soft serve ice cream from nearby Yame City.
Board the train at Minami-Kurume Station
Change trains at Kurume Station
Board the train at Kurume Station for Fukuoka
Arrive at Hakata Station