Historical Hakata Tour
- Learn about the life of Xie Guoming, a Chinese merchant who significantly contributed to the development of Hakata
- Enter Jotenji temple, founded 773 years ago and its accompanying zen garden
- Visit Tochoji temple, a historic Buddhist temple with an iconic five storey orange pagoda
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What to expect
Among the oldest cities in Japan, Hakata was originally a hub for Chinese merchants to trade their wares. During your three hour tour around the city, you will visit key locations of Hakata's development. Begin at the sakura tea store, a specialist in Yame and Japanese tea wares. Appreciate the craftsmanship before heading to the ancient tomb of Xie Guoming, an influential Chinese merchant in the Song dynasty and hear about his journey to riches. Continue on to two of the area's most ornate Japanese temples, Jotenji and Tochoji and discover hear the fascinating story of how noodles were introduced to Japan from China or marvel at the biggest (10.8 metres) wooden seated Buddha statue in Japan.