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7 Best Things to Do in Fukuoka in September

If you are going to go sightseeing, you want to incorporate into your itinerary things that you can only see and experience during that time of the year. In this issue, we will introduce the conditions, events, and recommended spots in Fukuoka in September for those who are interested in such things.

*The schedule of the events introduced here is subject to change. Please check the official website of the facility for the schedule.

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Fukuoka in September

Weather

In September, Fukuoka is still hot during the daytime. Average temperatures range from about 20 to 28 degrees Celsius, but in the past few years, the maximum temperature has exceeded 30 degrees Celsius on some days as the severe heat continues even in September. It is also a time when the weather can be unstable, as it is susceptible to typhoons.

Events

In September, events to enjoy autumn flowers and local festivals are held. Among them, “Hakozaki Shrine Hojoya Festival” is a famous festival known as a typical autumn festival in Hakata. Hakata Dontaku” in spring and “Hakata Gion Yamakasa” in summer are known as one of the “three major festivals in Hakata” and attract many people. Since many festivals are held throughout the year in Fukuoka, it is recommended to plan your trip according to the time of year.

Travel

September is a good time to enjoy nature in Fukuoka. The heat gradually begins to abate at night, making outdoor activities more comfortable. If you go to the suburbs of Fukuoka, you can enjoy hiking, camping, and fruit picking. In the city, gourmet tours are recommended, including Hakata’s yatai stalls, where you can enjoy dishes made with fresh autumn ingredients.

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September Fashion

When visiting Fukuoka in September, it is best to dress for the temperature difference between day and night. Short-sleeved shirts and lightweight shirts are comfortable during the day, but it can feel a bit chilly in the mornings and evenings, so it is helpful to carry long-sleeved shirts and cardigans. Also, remember to carry a folding umbrella in case of unstable weather. By choosing comfortable walking shoes, you will be able to spend long hours sightseeing or walking in nature comfortably.

Festivals and events in September

Hakozaki Shrine Hojoya Festival(筥崎宮放生会)

Hakozaki Shrine(筥崎宮)

The “Hojoya Festival” is a festival held at Hakozaki Shrine for seven days from September 12 to 18. Along with “Hakata Dontaku” in spring and “Hakata Gion Yamakasa” in summer, it is known as one of the three major festivals in Hakata.

Food Stall Image

Held in autumn, the season of harvest, this festival has a history of more than 1,000 years and is held to express gratitude for the blessings of the sea and mountains. The festival is characterized by the large number of stalls lining the approach to the shrine during the festival period, with more than 500 stalls! It is a seven-day event that attracts many people, so please take this opportunity to visit the festival.

Uminaka Flower Festival(うみなか・はなまつり)

Cosmos Image

A flower festival held at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Fukuoka City. This is a long-term event usually held from late September to around November. The “Flower Hill” area of the park is filled with autumn flowers, mainly cosmos. During the festival, various events are held for parents and children to enjoy, so it is recommended to visit with your family.

Enjoy picking grapes in season

Ukiha Fruit Tree Forest Yamandon (うきは果樹の森 やまんどん)

Grape Picking Image

Fruit picking can be enjoyed all year round on the vast land of about 6,900 tsubo (about 7,000 square meters), where grapes and pears can be harvested in September, and strawberries and blueberries are also cultivated.

A café called “MUGOYOKA(夢語寄家)” is attached to the restaurant, where cakes made from various fruits are popular. The cakes using seasonal fruits are very bright in appearance. The café also offers a meal menu at lunch time, so it is recommended to use the café for lunch as well.

Official website: http://yamandon.com/fruits

Buzen Fruit Land(ぶぜんフルーツランド)

Grape Picking Image

A sightseeing farm where visitors can enjoy picking a variety of fruits each season on its vast grounds. It takes about 5 minutes by cab from Matsue Station to get there. September is the best time to experience grape picking, chestnut picking, and potato picking. At other times of the year, mandarin oranges and strawberries can also be picked.

Official website: http://www.buzenfruitland.com/index.html

Autumn in the Arts! Let’s touch traditional crafts!

Shogetsudo(松月堂)

Hakata doll(博多人形)

This store displays Hakata dolls, a traditional craft. This is one of the largest stores in Japan, and visitors can take their time to view a variety of Hakata dolls. Hakata dolls are unglazed dolls made in the Hakata area and have a history of over 400 years.

In the “Painting Experience,” visitors can add colors to unglazed dolls to create their own original Hakata dolls. Even beginners can enjoy the experience with careful instruction and peace of mind. No advance reservation is required for small groups, but for groups of 10 or more, advance reservation is required, so please check the official website.

Official website: https://shogetudo.jp/painting/

Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum(はかた伝統工芸館)

Hakata brocade(博多織)

The Hakata Traditional Crafts Museum exhibits and introduces traditional crafts of Fukuoka, such as Hakata brocade and Hakata dolls. Located on the second floor of the Fukuoka City Museum, admission is free and easy. For a limited period of time, hands-on classes for various traditional crafts are also available, so if you are interested, please check the official website.

Official website: https://hakata-dentou-kougeikan.jp/

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