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Shikaumi shrine~the head shrine of the Sea gods

Article writtenFeb. 29th, 2020
Dec. 31st,2019
Located on the island of Shikanoshima at the mouth of Hakata bay, Shikaumi shrine is the Grand Guardian God of the area. It is also the head shrine of more than 800 Wadatsumi shrines and Kai shrines.
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Shikaumi shrine is located in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka city, on the island of Shikanoshima at the mouth of Hakata bay. It is the Grand Guardian God of Hakata bay which is a key point of marine traffic.

Shikaumi shrine enshrines the three Wadatsumi gods, Nakatsuwatatsumi-no-kami, Sokotsuwatatsumi-no-kami and Uwatsuwatatsumi-no-kami and is the head shrine of more than 800 Wadatsumi shrines and Kai shrines around Japan.

Visiting the head shrine of the sea gods, Shikaumi shrine.

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AboutGetting on JR Kashī line from Kashī station.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutArriving at Saitozaki station by the sea. About 15 minutes from Kashī station.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSaitozaki station is the nearest station from Shikaumi shrine, but is about 5km away. To the island of Shikanoshima it is about 10 minutes by bus or15 minutes by Fukuoka Municipal Ferry.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThis time, walking to Shikanoshima.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIt is about 5km.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSoon after leaving the station, turning right. This road leads direct to Shikanoshima.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutWalked about 3km.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe sea can be seen through the pine forest.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe other side of the sea is the island of Nokonoshima.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSoon the island of Shikanoshima can be seen.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutLooking back. The other side of Hakata bay is central Fukuoka.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe island of Shikanoshima is a land-tied island connected to mainland by a shoal called Uminonakamichi. It is known where the Gold Seal of the King of Na was found but is also known as a popular and easily accessible resort.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutWalking on the shoal and going over Shikanoshima bridge. Before this bridge was built, the shoal went under water at high tides and Shikanoshima was cut off from mainland.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAbout an hour walk from the station.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSoon after reaching Shikanoshima the first torī of Shikaumi shrine will be in sight.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThis path leads to Shikaumi shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutContinuing on. It is an average street with houses on both sides.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAbout 400m to Shikaumi shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutShikaumi shrine has been worshiped as a god of purification. Before entering the shrine, one must purify their mind and body using Oshioi, sand used to clean impurities.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn top of the stone steps is the second torī.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSoon after the second torī is an auxiliary shrine, Inyaku-sha. It enshrines Kunado-no-kami, Amenoiwakusufune-no-kami and Kagutsuchi-no-kami. These three dieties were originally enshrined at the air base that was in Gannosu which is between Shikanoshima and mainland.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA stone made Hōkyōintō. A Hōkyōintō is a pagoda that contains Buddhist scriptures wishing for peace in the past, present and future. This Hōkyōintō was built in 1347.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the path to the main shrine, bamboo latern which will be lit up this night is being prepared.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Rō-mon seen on top of the stone steps.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIn front of the stone steps is a pair of Komainu. This one on the right.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Komainu on the left.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the right is an auxiliary shrine, Yama-no shrine. The enshrined diety is Ōyamatsumi-no-kami, a god of the mountains. From ancient times, people knew the mountains bring rich fisheries so they enshrined the god of mountains here.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Rō-mon.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA small arched bridge in front of the Rō-mon. Usually people can not go over it, but it is used in ritual ceremonies.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing through the Rō-mon.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Rō-mon from the rear.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe chōzuya, a watershed to cleanse your hands.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn top of the last stone steps is the main shrine. The haiden and the honden in behind.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe hengaku with the shrine name carried on the haiden.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutWorshipping. Oshioi is here too.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe haiden from the side.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutBehind the haiden is the honden.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe honden from the rear.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the right of the haiden is a yōhaijo. It is a place to worship Ōtake shrine and Kotake shrine on the other side of the sea, and also the Ise Grand shrine and the Three Palace Sanctuaries in the east from distance. The stones here are called "Kame-ishi" and is said they were the golden turltes that Shika-myōjin and Katsuma-myōjin were riding when they appeared during the Korean invasion of Empress Jingū.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIn front of the haiden is Shikatsuno-dō. It contains more than 10 thousand antlers dedicated to the shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutBesides the Shikatsuno-dō are bronze statues of dears. It is said Empress Jingū dedicated antlers when she hunted dears in Tsushima and since then antlers were dedicated when prayers were answered.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutBehind the honden, there are auxiliary shrines. From the left Kōjin-sha, Gion-sha, Daijingū-sha and Sō-sha.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAn auxiliary shrine, Isosaki-sha.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutFrom the left Inari-sha, Akiba-sha and Matsuo-sha.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe Imamiya shrine. It enshrines Utsushikanasaku-no-mikoto, the three Sumiyoshi gods and Azumi-no-isora. The Azumi family that serves the shrine is said to be the offsprings of Utsushikanasaku-no-mikoto and Utsushikanasaku-no-mikoto is believed to be the guardian deity of those who serve for the three Wadatsumi gods.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe honden from the left.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutStrange stones dedicated to the shrine are placed around a tree.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutNext to the chōzuya is an exhibition room. Some treasures owned by the shrine are exhibited and it also serves as a rest house.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoshuin is available at the shrine office next to the Rō-mon.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe oshioi in front of the juyosho can be taken home.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutTaking it home.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing through the Rō-mon and heading back.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe path from the shrine leads straight to the sea.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutHakata bay and the city of Fukuoka can be seen in the distance.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoint through the torī and leaving Shikaumi shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing up the slope right next to the torī. The building seen up front is the exhibition room of Shikaumi shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIn the middle of the slope is the back gate of Shikaumi shrine. The path leads behind Imamiya shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutHeading for Shiomi park. The road turns left but the path branching off to the right is a shortcut to Shiomi park.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing up a steap slope. There is another path that split to the left that leads to Kaen-zuka. Kaen-zuka is a place where Buddhist monks prayed for the surrender of the Yuan dynasty of China during the Mongol invasion in 1281.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIt is a paved road, but very steep.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutApproaching Shiomi park.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutShiomi park. About 30 minutes from Shikaumi shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutShiomi park is located at the highest point in Shikanoshima, about 170m above sea level.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAn observation platform about 10m high.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe east side is Hakata bay and Uminonakamichi connecting Shikanoshima and mainland can be seen.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe city of Fukuoka in the distance.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutMomochihama, where Fukuoka Tower and Fukuoka Dome is, can be seen too.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe island of Nokonoshima can be seen south.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutTo the west is Itoshima peninsula. Many ships come and go.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe view isn't so good on the north, but Iki Island can be seen in the distance.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutAlso the island of Okinoshima, about 65km north, can be seen. Okinoshima is said to be a sacred island and the whole island is a part of Munakata Taisha.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIn the north east is the Genkai sea.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIslands such as Ōshima, Aishima and Jishima can be seen.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIt would be great to see the sunset from here but leaving before it gets dark.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGoing down the slope and back at Shikaumi shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutWalking back.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe path in front of the Shikaumi shrine leads directly to the Shikanoshima terminal of Fukuoka Municipal Ferry.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the wall of the terminal is a monument of the gold seal discovered at Shikanoshima.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSeeing the last sunset of this year from the ferry terminal.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThere is still time until the ferry leaves. So returning to the Shikaumi shrine.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutSome of the bamboo lanterns are lit up.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe path to the shrine lit up by bamboo lanterns.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe stone steps in front of the Rō-mon are lit up too.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA lanterns hung on the Rō-mon.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe haiden in the dark. This year is ending.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe city in the distance is lit up too.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutLeaving Shikaumi shrine again.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA beautiful night scape of Fukuoka can be seen from near the ferry terminal.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutThe ferry terminal at night.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutA ticket to Hakata port.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIn the waiting room, there is a replica of the gold seal of the King of Na.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGetting on the Fukuoka Municipal Ferry "Kin-in".
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutIt is about 30 minutes to Hakata port. On the way it stops at Saitozaki but still faster than bus that takes more than an hour.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutOn the right is a beautiful night scape.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutDocking at Hakata port.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutGetting off at Hakata port. There are buse operated to Tenjin or Hakata station, but walking.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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AboutTo the closest subway station, Nakasu-kawabata station, is about a 20 minute walk.
Date2019, Dec. 31st LocationFukuoka, Fukuoka

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