Kurume, City in Japan
General Information about Kurume
Kurume (Kurume) is a city within Fukuoka prefecture in the KyÅ«shÅ« region. Sister cities of Kurume are Hefei in the People's Republic of China and Modesto in the United States of America.
The city is quickly accessible by the Shinkansen. You can easily reach the suburbs of Kurume by local rail services in 26 stations.
Famous persons connected with Kurume are Shigeru Aoki (1882 - 1911), Hanjiro Sakamoto (1882 - 1969) and Shojiro Ishibashi (1889 - 1976).
Travel tips for Kurume
Top Kurume destinations for your sightseeing are the Ishibashi Cultural Center (çŸ³æ©‹æ–‡åŒ–ã‚»ãƒ³ã‚¿ãƒ¼) throughout the year, the Youth Science Center (é’å°‘å¹´ç§‘å¦é¤¨) throughout the year and the Bird Center (é³¥é¡žã‚»ãƒ³ã‚¿ãƒ¼) throughout the year.
The Kurume castle, nowadays in ruins, was built in the year 1521.
Fruitpicking (ãƒ•ãƒ«ãƒ¼ãƒ„ç‹©ã‚Š), another great attraction where you can experience Persimmons and other fruits can be eaten (æŸ¿ãªã©é£Ÿã¹ã‚Œã‚‹). Go to Mino Hokuroku Area (è€³ç´åŒ—éº“ã‚¨ãƒªã‚¢) for this. Another experience is the Kyushu Orure Kurume-Mt. Kora course (ä¹å·žã‚ªãƒ«ãƒ¬ä¹…ç•™ç±³ãƒ»é«˜è‰¯å±±ã‚³ãƒ¼ã‚¹) in Kora-san (é«˜è‰¯å±±). Of interest here you can enjoy seasonal flowers such as azalea, hydrangea (ã¤ã¤ã˜ã€ã‚ã˜ã•ã„ãªã©å£ç¯€ã®èŠ±ã‚’æ¥½ã—ã‚€ã“ã¨ãŒå‡ºæ¥ã‚‹).
Culture and History
The oldest building in the city was constructed in the year 1914 and is named Mountain region roads culture museum (å±±è¾ºé“æ–‡åŒ–é¤¨).
Do you want to see fireworks in Kurume? The Chikugo-river fireworks (ç‘å¾Œå·èŠ±ç«å¤§ä¼š) with 18.000 rockets is popular. You can best watch from the Chikugo riverbed.
You want to eat well and enjoy a drink in Kurume? Grilled chicken (ç„¼ãã¨ã‚Š) is recommended by locals. Another recommendation for gourmets: Tonkotsu ramen (Noodles in soup made of porc bones) (ã¨ã‚“ã“ã¤ãƒ©ãƒ¼ãƒ¡ãƒ³).
Do you already own a souvenir from Kurume? You could buy for example Lacquered wicker, available in Jibasan Kurume.
Flowers and Foliage
The plum flowers from 02/11 to 03/10 and is the most beautiful in the Miyanojin shrine (Shogun plum) (å®®ãƒŽé™£ç¥žç¤¾ï¼ˆå°†è»æ¢…ï¼‰). Discover the cherry blossom in Kurume from 03/01 to 04/11, best in the Ishibashi Cultural Center (çŸ³æ©‹æ–‡åŒ–ã‚»ãƒ³ã‚¿ãƒ¼). The maple trees changing colour in Kurume is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in the Japanese wax tree row of Yanagizaka Sone (æŸ³å‚æ›½æ ¹ã®æ«¨ä¸¦æœ¨), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red. Start is around the 11/21 and the foliage lasts until 11/30. To mention in Kurume is the Azalea in flower, which you can see in the Kurume azalea forest park (ä¹…ç•™ç±³ã¤ã¤ã˜æ£®æž—å…¬åœ’) from 04/01 to 04/10.