• Fall 2019: Time For Foodies & Festivals!


    Like traveling with an old friend- one who knows Japan well and really loves to eat!


    We offer personal, guided, foodie experiences for two to five people.


    Have your appetite and camera ready, and enjoy!

    In Cooperation with Matsuri in Kyushu, and approved by the Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization

  • How It Works

    Travel, experience a lively local festival tour, and eat with us!


    Book An Experience

    Choose a festival experience, add to cart, select OPTION for number of people. Fees include Hakata Foodie Coordinator, taxis, local tour, meals, and 8% sales tax.

    Client train fares and hotels are to be paid as we go.


    We Contact You

    Hakata Foodie will contact you to fine-tune the details. We generally pick you up, however, for some festivals, you may arrange to meet us closer to the venue.

    Local tours have limited capacity, so please book early!


    Meet Us & Go!

    Meet your Hakata Foodie Coordinator and head out. We can assist with purchasing your train tickets, etc. Be ready to go with us on a local festival tour, eat, and capture some great memories!

  • Fascinating & Delicious Adventures

    Hakata Foodie & Festival Experiences offer great photo opportunities...

    Fukuoka Departure, Kebesu Fire Festival in Oita Prefecture

    October 14-15 (Overnight)

    Real Fire! A Festival For The Fearless!

    Come with a Hakata Foodie on a local tour in Oita Prefecture. We'll head off for a special dinner and performance at a temple in Kunisaki, followed by a truly wild Japanese outdoor festival with a centuries-old history. At the Kebesu Fire Festival, a strange, masked, evil creature battles the forces of good, shrouded in white, over a raging fire, then tosses the flames into the crowd! Sparks rain down, which are said to ward off illness and promote good health. Stay overnight in Oita Prefecture. Next morning, enjoy a walking tour and breakfast before returning to Hakata. Spaces are extremely limited. Please contact us today to reserve your spot! Download itinerary below.

    Fukuoka Departure, Saga International Ballon Fiesta

    November 1, 2, 3 (Evening)

    Meet and Eat with the Balloonists!

    Hakata Foodie will take you to a special evening adventure. Go with us from Hakata Station to Saga and enjoy a rare opportunity to meet and dine with the balloonists from around the world who fly in this annual event. We'll watch a video at the balloon museum, then, dine at a private buffet featuring local Saga delicacies and fine beverages. Hear the balloonists' adventure stories recounted in person. Afterwards, we'll return by train to Hakata. Very limited capacity. Please contact us today to reserve your place! Download itinerary below.

  • Tug of War Festival

    Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture

    9/22 (Day Trip from Fukuoka)

    Go south with us by bullet train. We'll meet a local tour guide in Sendai and join in the construction of the 7-ton rope, break for lunch and explore the town, then pull in the tug of war alongside 3000 people at this traditional Japanese festival! Afterwards, we'll enjoy more Kagoshima treats before zipping back to Hakata.


    Hakata Town, Fukuoka City

    10/11, 10/12, 10/13, or 10/14 (Evening Trip)

    We'll take you to Hakata Station just before sunset and stroll through Hakata Old Town, the heart of the city during the Middle Ages when Hakata was Japan’s largest trading port city. There are countless Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples here, beautifully lit-up as part of this special night-time event. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a superb Hakata dinner at a nearby restaurant!

    Kebesu Fire Festival

    Kunisaki City, Oita Prefecture

    10/14-10/15 (OVERNIGHT from Fukuoka)

    We go to Oita Prefecture to catch a local tour of the Kebesu Fire Festival. On the way, we'll stop at a Buddhist temple for a special cultural performance and dinner. Afterwards, we'll stay overnight in Beppu or Oita City and dip in the hot springs! Next morning, after breakfast, we'll go on a two-hour walking tour before heading back to Hakata. See itinerary below.


    Yosakoi Sasebo Dance Festival

    Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture

    10/19 (Day Trip from Fukuoka)

    We'll go to Hakata Station and catch a train to Sasebo. There, we'll learn all about the"yosakoi" dance from a local expert and have a go ourselves. Everyone gets a pair of "naruko" (hand clappers) to use and take home. We'll watch the evening performances from the stands and join in the "so-odori" (a dance performed by all the troupes.) After a full day of dancing, eating and partying, we head back to Hakata. See itinerary below.

    40th Saga International Balloon Fiesta

    Saga City, Saga Prefecture

    11/1, 11/2, or 11/3 (Evening Trip from Fukuoka)

    From Hakata Station, we go to Saga for this special evening, a rare opportunity to enjoy the 40th Annual International Balloon Fiesta with balloonists from around the world, hear their amazing stories live, and enjoy a private buffet dinner & drinks together! Afterwards, we return to Hakata. See itinerary below.

    Coal Miner's Bon Dance Festival

    Tagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture

    11/2 or 11/3 (Day Trip from Fukuoka)

    We'll head out from Hakata to Tagawa City the birthplace of "Tankobushi," one of the most iconic Bon dances in Japan. As part of the local festival tour, you'll get to wear a custom-made costume and join in the dancing & eating! Afterwards, we'll eat some more Tagawa treats before heading back to Hakata.

    Choose Your Own!

    So many festivals are happening throughout Kyushu, Yamaguchi, and Okinawa. We wouldn't want you miss out on one that isn't listed below. Please follow this link here, and if you find a festival that you'd like to experience with a Foodie Guide, get in touch!

  • Book Your Foodie & Festival Experience!


    Select OPTION for the number of people in your group. QUANTITY should remain 1.


    Fees includes multi-lingual Hakata Foodie Coordinator, hotel pick-up & return, local tour fees, meals, and taxes.


    Prices listed are for groups of 2, 3, 4, or 5 people. The larger your group, the lower the price per person.


    JR train fares and hotels are not included; they are to be paid as we go.


    9/22 Fukuoka Departure, Tug of War Festival in Kagoshima, Day-Trip, With Snacks, Lunch & Dinner
    $101,088.00 - $137,376.00
    10/11, 10/12, 10/13, or 10/14, Hakata Old Town Light-up Walk, Evening with Dinner
    $38,232.00 - $60,480.00
    10/14-10/15 Fukuoka Departure, Kebesu Fire Festival in Oita, OVERNIGHTER! Lunch, Dinner, & Breakfast
    $149,688.00 - $226,800.00
    11/1,11/2, or 11/3 Fukuoka Dep., Saga International Balloon Fiesta, Dine with Balloonists
    $69,336.00 - $115,344.00
    11/2 or 11/3 Fukuoka Departure, Coal Miner's Bon Dance Festival in Tagawa
    $73,224.00 - $103,680.00
  • In Cooperation With The Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization

    Hakata Foodies & Festivals: What could be more fulfilling?!

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