Explore Japan’s Rich History of Cultural Exchange
Exhibits that educate and inspire in this modern Kyushu museum
Kyushu National Museum is one of Japan’s four national museums—along with Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara—and the first outside the main island of Honshu. Located in the city of Dazaifu in Fukuoka Prefecture, which has long served as a gateway between Japan and its Asian neighbors, its impressive 3,900-square-meter permanent exhibition focuses on exploring the formation of Japanese culture in the context of Asia’s history.
The museum building itself is an architectural marvel, boasting a soaring entrance hall and spacious galleries to better showcase the artifacts in the collection. If you’re traveling with young children, the Ajippa Interactive Exhibition Gallery features colorful displays and hands-on activities on world cultures. You can also stop by the museum shop at the end of your visit to pick up some souvenirs to bring home.
Located just 35 minutes by train from Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station and adjacent to the famous Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Kyushu National Museum is a perfect day trip destination for Kyushu travelers with an eye for cultural history.
Kyushu National Museum
4-7-2 Ishizaka, Dazaifu-shi, Fukuoka-ken
approx. 30 min. or more