Tagawa city located in the heart of Fukuoka Prefecture has
a wide range of places to visit from the popular to the obscure.
Tagawa was known as a coal mining town
that greatly contributed to the industrial revolution in Japan.
A long time has passed since the coal mine was closed
but two of the original chimneys that symbolize Tagawa remain to this day.
The Chikuho coalfield at one time boasted Japan's largest coal output. Coal as a source of energy was often referred to as “black diamond.”
Many companies rushed to join the booming coal mining industry where a lot of homes for coal mine workers were built side by side. This created a unique food culture and environment.
Sakubei Yamamoto's Coal Mine Paintings and Writings became part of Japan's first UNESCO (Memory of the World) programme in 2011. The Sakubei Yamamoto Collection consists of coal mine paintings and diaries. The many paintings that depict the hard life of working in a coal mine will take you back to that era.
Fuuji Hachimangu Shrine’s Kawawatari Jinkosai Festival is one of Fukuoka Prefecture’s five great festivals.
It has been held for more than 450 years.
The two mikoshi (portable shrine) take a trip for two days and one night to a temporary lodging on the other side of the Hikosan River. The two shrines and eleven colorful Yamakasa decorations (floats that symbolize the festival) in the river are dynamic.
There are many unique Jizo statues located at the temples in Tagawa city. At Mitsui Temple, you will find Jizo statues making a "banzai" and "victory sign" pose. Don't miss the "Ganbare" Jizo at Jodoji Temple! Mitsui Temple, also known as the "wind chime temple" in the summer season is where the friendly priests have created a corridor of hand-made wind chimes that emit a beautiful sound of 2,500 different tones in the wind. You can also write a wish on the wind chimes. Please enjoy the wind chime tunnel with the cats that occasionally will greet you.
In autumn the temple is surrounded by the serenity of the fall colors.
This love fulfillment object built on November 1, 2019 commemorates the 111th year of the construction of the two symbolic chimneys of Tagawa City.
Sasaguri Line/Chikuho Main Line → Gotoji Line
JR Hakata Sta. - Shin-Iizuka Sta. - Tagawa-Gotoji Sta.
Nishitetsu Tenjin Highway Bus Terminal - Nishitetsu Gotoji Bus Office
Via Route 201
Fukuoka IC - Around Tagawa City Hall
Approx. 50 min.
by car from Fukuoka Airport
JR Kokura Sta. - Tagawa-Ita Sta.
Kokura Sta. Bus Center -Nakatani - Tagawa-Ita Sta.
Via National Route 322
Kokura-minami IC - Around Tagawa City Hall
Approx. 50 min.
by car from Kitakyushu
Heiei Chikuho Railway Ita Line/Itoda Line
Nogata Sta. - Tagawa-Ita Sta. Ita Line
Nogata Sta. - Tagawa-Gotoji Sta. Itoda Line
Via Tagawa-Nogata Bypass
Yahata IC - Around Tagawa City Hall
Heiseichikuho Railway Tagawa Line
Yukuhashi Sta. - Tagawa-Ita Sta.
Via Route 201
Yukuhashi IC - Around Tagawa City Hall
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