Hakata (now a part of Fukuoka city) is one of Japan's oldest cities and served as a link to continental Asia during pre-modern times. From the Japanese defence against the Mongols to commerce with foreign traders, Hakata witnessed it all, and this past is all recorded in the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum.
The museum itself is rather small but well worth the visit. Among other things, you will see a sample of traditional architecture and an exhibition hall with all beautiful artefacts that help illuminate the history of this fascinating city.
The museum also has a display of the two major festivals held in the city each year; the New Year festival and the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. If you can't be there for the festivals, this is the next best thing.
- 10.00am – 6.00pm, daily; Closed from Dec 29th to 31st
- +81 92-281-7761
- 6-10 Reisenmachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0039, Japan
- 5 min walk from Gion Subway Station. 15 min walk from Hakata Station; From Hakata Station to Gion Station: Take the Kuko Subway Line to Gion Station (2 min)