【Fukuoka City】Tour the area associated with Hakata-ori

Stroll Historical Fukuoka with a Hakata-ori Craftsperson (1.5hrs)

Walk around the Old Town while learning about Hakata-ori
Hakata-ori, silk textiles originating from Hakata
Jotenji Temple, the birthplace of Hakata-ori
Learn the history of the craft from a Hakata-ori craftsperson

Hakata-ori is a silk textile tradition that has been passed down in Hakata for almost 800 years. The technology came from China around the year 1235 and was then developed in Hakata. The first Hakata-ori was used as an offering to the shogunate during the Edo Period. In this program, you will explore the Old Town—which once flourished in the heart of Hakata, Japan’s largest trading port, and contributed to the city’s development—with a Hakata-ori craftsperson, visit temples and museums, and learn the history of Hakata-ori. Afterwards, observe the actual weaving of Hakata-ori by a craftsman. A small souvenir of upcycled Hakata-ori made by a young craftsman is included.

  • Hakata-ori-themed walking tour of Hakata Old Town with a Hakata-ori craftsperson
  • Visit Jotenji Temple, the birthplace of Hakata-ori
  • See the Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, a relocated Hakata-ori weaving space from the Meiji Era
  • Receive a small Hakata-ori souvenir made by young artisans
  • Shop at Maison Hakoshima, a store filled with Fukuoka’s handicrafts
Keisuke ObataHakata-ori craftsman
Studied fashion at a junior college of art in the United States, and at Bunka Fashion College Tokyo. After working as a clothing designer, he studied Hakata-ori at the Hakata-ori Development College. In addition to his current work as a Hakata-ori craftsman, he is a Associate Professor at the Koran Women’s Junior College Comprehensive Studies for Fashion Department.
Asuka HazamaHakata-ori craftsman
Studied design and craft fields in high school and college. After graduating from college, enrolled in Hakataori DC, hoping to be involved in traditional crafts in Fukuoka. Currently, enrolled in the Graduate School and working on production.
Destination Info

Jotenji Temple, the Birthplace of Hakata-ori

A 7-minute walk from Hakata Station, Jotenji is a Zen Buddhist temple opened by Enni Benin in the year 1242. In 1235, together with Yazaemon Mitsuta, a merchant from Hakata, Benen traveled to Song Dynasty China, and after bringing its weaving technology back to Japan, Hakata-ori was born. It is said that the tokko and flower tray patterns (two of Hakata-ori’s signature kenjogara patterns) can also be attributed to Benen. As you take your first step from the busy city onto the temple grounds, a quiet unfolds around you, and you can enjoy its Japanese garden and rock garden.

On the grounds of Jotenji Temple

Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, a Relocated Hakata-Ori Weaving Studio

Hakatamachiya Furusatokan is located next to Kushida Shrine, famous for the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival. The museum introduces life in Hakata from the Meiji to Taisho Eras. The machiya townhouse building is a relocated reconstruction of the residence of a Hakata-ori manufacturer and weaving workshop built in the late 1880s, and it is one of Fukuoka’s Designated Cultural Properties. In the museum, there are exhibitions displaying Hakata-ori designs and tools, the process of creating fabric from threads, as well as Hakata-ori looms of various sizes.

Maison Hakoshima: A Hakata-ori Workshop in Gokusho-machi

Much like Kyoto and Nara, Hakata Old Town is home to many shrines and temples. The Old Town is an area that includes Jotenji Temple, the birthplace of Hakata-ori; Tochoji Temple, founded by Kobo Daishi; and Shofukuji Temple, Japan’s first Zen temple. Visit Maison Hakoshima, a Hakata-ori workshop in the heart of Gokusho-machi. Hakata-ori craftsmen use the loom inside the workshop daily to weave textiles. The annex shop contains Kyushu handicrafts curated by Mai Hayashi, a designer based in Fukuoka.

Program Contents

Walking Tour of Old Town and Weaving Workshop

Walk around Hakata Old Town with a Hakata-ori craftsperson. Visit Jotenji Temple, the birthplace of Hakata-ori, and the reconstructed Hakatamachiya Furusatokan. At the Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, visitors will observe the actual weaving process by craftspeople. You might be surprised by the distinct tapping rhythm of the loom, a noise more forceful than what you would expect from looking at the delicate patterns of Hakata-ori fabrics.


Tour code



*Request Type: Please send us your request at least 46 days prior to your desired participation date. We will confirm the artisan’s availability and get back to contact you.


1.5 hours



Gather at Maison Hakoshima, reception.


Walk Hakata Old Town with a Hakata-ori craftsperson

Begin the Hakata Old Town walking tour with a Hakata-ori craftsperson. Visit Jotenji Temple , the birthplace of Hakata-ori, and Hakatamachiya Furusatokan , a reconstruction of a Meiji-era Hakata-ori weaving studio.


Hakata-ori Demonstration

At the Hakatamachiya Furusatokan, observe craftsmen weaving Hakata-ori.


Photos and Wrapping Up

Commemorative photos can be taken with your camera or smartphone. If you wish, you can also shop at the store. After, the tour will conclude.



Supplementary explanations in English via translation device or lecture board can be provided upon request. Please make a note in the message box during registration to request this service.※An English interpreter can also be arranged for an additional fee. Please contact UNA Laboratories for more details.


Minimum 2 / Maximum 6

Meeting Place
Maison Hakoshima
12 Gokusho-machi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
Train: 4 minutes by foot from Gion Station on the Kuko Line; 13 minutes by foot from Hakata Station (any line)
Bus: 5 minutes by foot from the Nishitetsu Bus Okunodo stop or Nishitetsu Bus Gionmachi stop
Car: Please park in a nearby parking lot (payment required)
Reservation Deadline
46 days before the start of the tour
Payment Method

Advance payment at the time of reservation (VISA, Mastercard, Amex, JCB)


Please wear comfortable walking clothes and shoes.

Please Note
  • The tour will be held even in the event of rain, barring cases of inclement weather such as heavy rain or a typhoon.
  • All of the photographs displayed on this website are for illustrative purposes only.
  • We recommend participants purchase domestic travel insurance for the tour.
  • Guests who are under elementary school age may attend the tour accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Cancellation Policy

3 to 1 day(s) preceding the tour start date: 50% of the tour fee
Before departure on the tour start date: 100% of the tour fee
After the start of tour or no-show: 100% of the tour fee

Travel Planning: Implementation

  • UNA Laboratories Inc. (Fukuoka Prefectural Governor Registration #2-951)
  • 3-12-22-302 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0022
  • TEL: 092-982-7956E-MAIL:
  • Domestic Certified Travel Supervisors:
    Aya Tamura, Noriko Yahata, Rei Watanabe
  • Business Hours:
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays)
  • *Requests received outside of business hours will be processed the following business day.
  • *Domestic Certified Travel Supervisors are responsible for transactions held at the sales office that processes customers’ travel. Please do not hesitate to contact the aforementioned Domestic Certified Travel Supervisors with any questions or concerns regarding the travel contract.

Tour Information

*Request Type: Please send us your request at least 46 days prior to your desired participation date. We will confirm the artisan's availability and get back to contact you.
1.5 hours
Recommended Age
Suitable for All Ages
5,800yen (tax included)
※A small Hakata-ori souvenir is included
※Guests under 12 can accompany a parent or guardian on the walking tour for free.