After Class Activities
Our program allows you plenty of time to discover your new country, culture, traditions, and everyday life after your class is over. There are many ways to explore Fukuoka whether it’s taking a stroll at the beach or doing an excursion to Mt. Aso (largest active volcano in Japan). Cultural and social activities could also include: tea ceremonies, Japanese movie nights, Japanese flower arranging sessions and calligraphy lessons.
Get yourself started for a trip to Fukuoka with the links below:
Main Sights: Get to Know Fukuoka
This building is an architectural masterpiece! The architect Emilio Ambasz designed a building that combines both, a perfect use of space and nature in the city. One side of the building shows a conventional office building out of glass, while the other side provides a major terraced roof fusing into a park. This garden area has over 35,000 plants of 76 different species.
ACROS is the abbreviation for “Asian Crossroads Over the Sea” and if you stand on top of the belvedere of the 60 meter high complex you can enjoy one of Fukuoka’s most amazing views. Inside the ACROS Building you find offices and shops as well as the symphony hall.
The Canal City is also known as the entertainment city of Fukuoka. It is a huge colourful complex which provides hundreds of shops, restaurants, theatres and cinemas, a game centre and 2 hotels. Throughout the entire building runs a canal and one of its fountain announces the time for every half an hour. Almost daily various performances take place here, like professional acrobatics, magicians or music shows.
This is the most beautiful street in Fukuoka. With a length of 2 km it stretches along gorgeous boutiques, high class restaurants and great apartment buildings. Along the street side huge Zelkova trees are lined up which adds to the stunning ambience. Especially at night, it is a wonderful place to stroll along and enjoy the scenery.
On the island Kyushu, you can find excellent beaches located around Fukuoka city or on nearby situated islands which are easy to reach with ferries. Most of the beaches offer a great variety of water sports activities, entertainment venues and of course restaurants and bars. Fukuoka area offers a huge selection of beaches, but the probably most popular beaches are Shikanoshima Beach, Keya Beach and Nokonoshima Beach.
Excursions: Explore More of The Region
Mount Aso is one of the biggest volcanoes around the globe. It lies in the center of Kyushu Island. As a result of Aso's former huge eruptions about 90,000 to 300,000 years ago, 5 more calderas were formed. The only one still active is the Mount Naka and is often closed for visitors due to toxic gas.
Throughout this area around 100,000 people live here and most make their living from the rich soils. They produce fruit, corn, rice and many other fine products. By visiting the Aso Museum, there are many things to learn about this paradise region.
Dazaifu is a small city located in the southeast of Fukuoka and was the former capital of Kyushu. Back in time, Dazaifu was one of Japans essential cities for diplomatic relations and Japan’s military. It was established when the nearby harbour of Hakarta became one of the main interactions between the island Japan and mainland of Asia. Dazaifu is now a quiet little town, but hosts most of Japans historical treasures with many temples and shrines to visit.
Another major important port is the one of the city Nagasaki. It started off as a small fishing village, but since the 16th century until the 19th, it was the centre of trade for mainly Portuguese but also other European nations. Even when the Bakufu government decided to close all ports to foreign trade, Nagasaki was the only one permitted to stay open. Unfortunately today Nagasaki is also known for the atomic bomb which destroyed the city in 1945. Today, Nagasaki is rebuilt into a beautiful city and has many unique features and shops to visit.