1. Kikuchi Valley
Also known as Healing Valley, this beautiful forest is an ideal place to get lost and go exploring for the day. Follow the crystal clear waters of Kikuchi River and discover waterfalls along the route. The water in the area was marked as one of the top 100 water spots in Japan. This place is particularly popular during the autumn foliage and cherry blossom viewing in spring. With over 50 different wild bird species, you'll regularly see bird watchers in the area.
2. Yufuin and Kurokawa Onsen Village
Over this nine-hour day trip, you'll have plenty of time to relax and unwind in the healing waters of the onsens and explore the small, traditional streets of the surrounding area. The outside baths boast beautiful mountain views, and this village is surrounded by astounding natural beauty. If you're feeling brave, you even have the opportunity to walk across Kokonoe Yume Suspension Bridge. Just don't look down!
3. Yoshinogari Historical Park
This huge and complex historical park is an absolute must-see if you're in the area. It is just 45.2 km (28 mi) from Fukuoka and you can easily spend a whole day enthralled in its unique history. This is a fascinating moat-encircled village and ancient ruin site. Dating back to the Yayoi period, visitors can enjoy the carefully restored and reconstructed buildings and learn about the lives of the people who lived here. There are free tour guides available, which can be booked in advance. We'd recommend using a tour because there is, in total, 73.7 ha (181 ac) to traverse.
4. Yamagachi Prefecture by the Sea of Japan
Firstly, head to Akama Shrine, which was built to commemorate the spirit of the six-year-old Emperor Antoku. It is known locally as a special 'power spot'. The nearby Karato Market opens its doors at 7 am, and you'll see many locals picking up their favorite types of fish to make sushi and bento boxes. The friendly hawkers take their time to tell you about each fish type and their favorite recipes. The market is always a fun insight into the much-loved fishing and sushi culture of Japan. The tour will also take you across the impressive 1,780-m-long (5,839-ft) Tsunoshima Bridge where you'll be surrounded by crystal clear waters. Finally, you'll visit one of the top 31 'most spectacular spots' in Japan: Motonosumi Inari Shrine. Stretching meters towards the sea, you'll feel enticed into following the torii gates. A sight you don't want to miss!
See what other exciting sights are waiting near Fukuoka in the full article from Trip101 via the link below!