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Walking tour of Cutting Edge&Nostalgia: TOTO museum&Back Alley & Kogane Market

4 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

This is a walking tour using monorail. As represented by TOTO museum, Neighboring museum looks so modern, but once you enter the back alley, only local residents know, you can feel like dating back to Showa era(mid.21th century) with nostalgia. How interesting to feel gap between cutting edge and old-fashioned scenery!You can also enjoy tasty local food.Why don't you join my tour!


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  • Monorail
  • Back alley walking
  • TOTO Museum
  • Kogane Market

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What to Expect

First we ride monorail.
You can see the town scape of Kokura.
If you are lucky,you can ride a rapping car.

★Back alley walking
After getting off the monorail, we walk through back alley.
Japanese people from 40's to 60's feel nostalgia Showa era when they spent child hood(1955~1974).
Only local guide can take you to the back alley which still remains Showa retro townscape.
Let's explore somehow quaint and nostalgic alley!

★TOTO Museum(closed on Monday)
TOTO is a world leading manufacturer of plumbing products used in washing room, bathroom and kitchen.
Also it is famous for TOTO WASHLET which represent the very Japanese hospitality(shown below) in a toilet chamber!
When you stand in front of toilet, its lid opens automatically. Warm seat welcomes you.
After your business, comfortable warm water washes you.
At washing room, just only place your hands under the faucet, water comes out and wash your hands automatically.
TOTO museum shows you not only its history of plumbing products but also Eco-friendly cutting-edge techniques and their efforts.
I expect that you would be attracted by TOTO following Hollywood's stars.
★Kogane Market
It is a typical Japanese market with hart warming residents and more than 80 years history.
It was a residential area shopping center that most customers come from within a walking distance of 500 m (about 0.3 mile).
Recently, tasty reasonable price local food as well as shopping attracts tourists.
You can enjoy various kinds of local food, such as Udon, Tempura,Chanpon, curry, and so on.

★JR Kokura station
Its building has 14 floors above ground and 3 floors underground.
There are so many shops(including souvenirs) and restaurants.
If time allows,you can enjoy doing shopping and have matcha sweets and so on.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point JR Kokura station or designated point
Ending Point JR Kokura station or designated point

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide Fee

What‘s not included

★My(guide) Transportation fare 1120JPY
(round : Kokura station⇔my house),
★In case of picking you up at your hotel, cruise terminal, airport, or another station, further transportation fare is required.
★Your transportation fare,
During tour:
Monorail fare: 200JPY/one way /person
★ Other than above,bus or taxi fare(according to your request),
★Prices are subjected to change due to various circumstances.


TOTO museum(Closed on Monday, from August 10 to 15) Admission Free

In addition to transportation fare during tour, my round transportation fare from my house to meeting place is required. As for Yamaguchi, I can only guide you western part of it, including Tunosima Bridge, Motonosumi Inari Shrine, Omishima Island, and Akiyosidai limestone Cave.In that case, East -end of meeting point is JR Shin Yamagchi station. I can't come to Hiroshima,because it is so far away from my house(240km).

This is a walking tour, using monorail partly.
Please make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes.

I'm willing to make your own itinerary based on your request.
I'm willing to pick you up at your hotel, cruise terminal or airport.

Itinerary is subjected to change due to various circumstances.
Prices are subjected to change due to various circumstances.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 4 )
5.0 (4) Reviews
Very Good
Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Awesome tour and excellent guide ”

She was lovely and very enjoyable.


WoW! Michael! I’m very happy with your so concise and extremely impressive review. Thank you for your kindness and consideration. I really enjoyed very precious time with you all. Please keep in your mind to apply sunscreen on your ears!(laugh) Your friend, Dr. Einstein is eagerly looking forward to seeing you all again. May your family always be happy and keep smiling.

Winston Winston Philippines ( Friends )
5 months ago

“ Trip to Yanagawa boat canal ride ”

Masa was very attentive and extra caring of us as a family,i highly recommend her to anyone.when you want a tour of Fukuoka,Nokonoshima Island and Yanagawa,pls.do contact her


Wow! Winston! I am greatly honored by your heart-warming comment and 5 star. And thank you for sharing your precious time staying Fukuoka with me! Thanks to your corporation and consideration, I really enjoyed our tour with you all. I look forward to meeting you all again. Hopefully, you explore and enjoy Fukuoka!

Vicharat Vicharat Thailand ( Family with kids )
10 months ago

“ New at the job but has great potential. ”

Masa says she just recently started work as a guide but her service mind and determination to excel will definitely take her far in this field. Best of luck on your new professional role.


Wow! Amazing! Mr. Vicharat! You gave me five stars and a heartwarming comment. It encourages me for the next stage. Thank you very much. I really enjoyed very precious time with you all. And through the tour, I learned many things from your gentle attitude to the importance of judging priority. Your family looks so happy with you. You might be a beloved grandpa, dad, and husband. Oysters are waiting for you! I’m looking forward to seeing you in the near future. May a lot of happiness and smiles always be with your family.

Corinna Corinna Singapore ( Solo )
1 year ago

“ Mojiko and Masayo ”

Masayo is a great guide, making sure I was comfortable in the blistering heat. She planned a great itinerary right to the end! She spoke English well and was very informative about Mojiko and Shimonoseki. Thank you Masayo!


Wow! Corinna! I very thank you for such a heartwarming review and 5 stars on me. I feel like frying into the sky with your comment. You were always polite and tender. Chatting with you was so interesting and inspired me. I’m looking forward to seeing you again. Let’s try tasting blowfish next time although you and fishes have already become friends.

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