Hakatamachiya Furusatokan

This tourist facility consists of three buildings: a machiya (townhouse) built in the mid-Meiji period (late 19th century), an exhibition building, and a souvenir shop. In addition to daily Hakata-ori textile weaving demonstrations in the machiya building, visitors can watch the crafting process of Hakata dolls, Hakata hariko (papier-mâché), Hakata spinning tops, and Hakata magemono (round containers made by bending wooden sheets) or try their hand at painting, depending on the day.

This facility introduces life in the Meiji and Taishō periods (late 19th-early 20th century) in Hakata, a city with an old traditional culture.

At the Folk Museum, visitors can experience exhibits introducing the history and culture of Hakata, folk tools and folk crafts, and demonstrations of many traditional crafts. Visitors can observe the production process of traditional crafts according to their schedule. Visitors can try traditional weaving (free) and painting various crafts (for a fee)."

Demonstrations and hands-on experiences of Hakata-ori weaving are held daily.

While most Hakata-ori products are generally machine-woven, visitors can observe a demonstration of traditional hand-weaving by a professional Hakata-ori artisan at the Folk Museum. You can also try your hand at weaving!

Enjoy daily crafting demonstrations of Hakata Dolls, Hakata papier-mâché, Hakata koma (spinning tops), and Hakata magemono (round containers made of thin sheets of Japanese cedar or cypress).

Friday to Monday are demonstration days for Hakata Dolls. You can learn painting from a traditional artisan just for the cost of materials (1,500 yen) and admission to the facility (200 yen).

Observe a crafting demonstration of Hakata Dolls, the pride of Hakata.

The prototypes for Hakata Dolls are first formed in clay, and molds are made from them using plaster. Clay is then kneaded into the plaster molds before being removed and baked at 800-900 degrees Celsius. Finally, they are colored with pigments. Visitors can see the graceful, delicate, and emotive dolls being colored.


Hospitality items

  • Stop COVID-19 Sticker issued by Fukuoka Prefecture
  • English Menu Credit card accepted (Visa)
  • English Menu Credit card accepted (Mastercard)
  • English Menu Credit card accepted (American Express)
  • English Menu Credit card accepted (JCB)
  • English Menu Bathroom available
Unique initiatives other than the above infection prevention measures
*Staff wear masks and thoroughly wash and disinfect their hands. *Checking the physical condition of staff (every morning, they check and record the temperature.) *Regular disinfection inside the building with hypochlorous acid, etc., and the locations, dates and times, etc. are precisely recorded. *Alcohol disinfectant is always available at the entrance of each facility. *Checking physical condition when visitors enter the exhibition building. (Checking disinfection, temperature checks using a thermal camera, obligation to wear a mask) *Open the doors in two ways all the time to circulate the air. *Posting a warning sticker. (Asking for cooperation at the entrance. Thorough hand washing in the restrooms) *Using a tray to receive money and return change. *Installation of panels to prevent droplet infection at reception desks and souvenir counters. *Notice to show the appropriate distance and to ensure physical distancing when lining up at the reception and souvenir counters. *Calls for physical distancing (approximately 2 meters). *Calls to use sanitizing wipes and asked to wipe before and after use. *Post a warning sticker to prevent infection from products. *Antibacterial/antiviral coating is done by a professional contractor.
Unique initiatives other than the above hospitality items
Staff use a translation app to communicate. A Chinese-speaking member of staff is on site.
6-10 Reisenmachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City 812-0039
Business hours
10:00-18:00 (Admission to the exhibition building is until 17:30)
Capacity and number of seats
35 persons
Maximum number of people for one group
Maximum number of people for one group 35 (divided into two)
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