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Fukuoka travel guide

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Fukuoka-city is the biggest city in Kyushu and the energetic city bustling as the center of Kyushu’s

politics, economy, culture, fashion as well as tourism. Fukuoka-city has many kind of fascinating

tourist attractions and abundant tourism materials which are different from the other destinations

in Kyushu. When visiting Kyushu, Fukuoka-city is the place to be incorporate in the travel plan.

And due to its location Fukuoka-city is the great starting point for exploring Kyushu.

 


 

Welcome to Fukuoka, enjoy shopping and meals

JR Hakata Station

Tenjin area Canal City Hakata

 

The largest and busiest JR train

station in Kyushu

The biggest shopping district

in Kyushu 

The complex commercial facility, 

in the heart of Fukuoka-city


 

Where to visit

 

Teramachi district

Kushida Shrine

One of the most exciting summer festival in Kyushu, Hakata Gion Yamagasa is held in the

shrine in July. The tall Kazari Yamakasa, a luxuriously decorated float, is always displayed

which was constructed without using even a single nail.

 Shrine main building

 Sacred Crane Well

 Hakata Gion Yamakasa

 decoration


 

Hakata Machiya Furusatokan

It is a folk museum depicts the life and culture of Hakata Fukuoka. Exhibition hall, many faces 

and facets of the Hakata way of life can be found, Machiya hall, is a superb example of traditional

architecture and has been moved here and restored to provide a glimpse into the past.

 The museun is located next to

 Kushida Shrine

 Exhibition hall

 Hakata doll


 

Tochoji Temple

The Temple was founded in 806 by Kobo-daishi Kukai and it is the oldest temple of the Shingon

sect in Japan that  Kobo-daishi set up. The Fukuoka Daibutsu called Great Buddha of Fukuoka

completed in 1993 stands 10.8 meters tall and is the largest seated wooden image of Buddha in Japan.

 

 Five-story pagodo

 

 

Head temple of Shingon

Buddhism Kyushu sect 

 

 Garaves of Kuroda Lord


 

Kawabata-dori Shopping Street

Japanese traditional Shopping Street where you can find a lot of Cool Japan. The entrance of the

shopping street is located next to Kushida Shrine. Approximately 130 shops built in the 400 metre

arcade. There are also souvenir shops including Hakata dolls, shops collected Hakata Gion

Yamakasa goods. ​Enjoy lunch, Hakata Ramen at the birth place of Nagahama Ramen.

 Entrance of Shopping

 arcade

130 shops in the 400 metre

arcade including souvenir shops

 

  Birth place of Nagahama

  Ramen


 

Seaside Momochi

Seaside Momochi is the water-front resort area, only a 15 minute drive from Tenjin in the

centre of Fukuoka-city.  The park is surrounded by Fukuoka Tower and high rise 

contemporary buildings, all of which help make a modern urban landscape. 

 

Fukuoka tower

One of the must visit spots is the 234 metre high Fukuoka Tower. It  is the highest coastal
tower in Japan and is covered with 8000 two way mirrors. The observation room located at
a height of 123m offers a breathtaking and spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of 
Fukuoka-city and Hakata Bay  

 Japan’s highest coastal tower,

  Magnificent view from the tower

 Lover’s Sanctuary


 

Marizon

The complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and is located in Seaside

Momochi Park.


 

Fukuoka Castle Ruins

Fukuoka castle, was built in 1601.  Part of stone wall and canal, and the Tamon tower are

still left intact as they were back then. There is also a nice view of the city from the former

main Parts of the castle’s former moats were used to construct nearby Ohori koen Park.

 

 Remaining Tamon tower

 

 Stone wall of the Castle

 

 Magnificent view of

 Fukuoka-city


 

Ohori-koen Park

Ohori-koen Park is located next to Fukuoka Castle Ruins and close to center of Fukuoka-city. 
The park is complemented by a Japanese style garden and the Fukuoka City Art Museum.

Rich in greenery and encircling a lake two kilometers in circumference, the park is an oasis

for city residents, who enjoy jogging, boating, bird watching and other activities here.


 

Nokonoshima Island

In the middle of Hakata Bay Beautiful flowers can be enjoyable throughout the year. Rapeseed

blossom, Cherry blossom, Livingstone daisy Poppy, Rhododendro, Marigold, Hydrengea, Plumed 

cockscomb, Dahlia, Sunflower, Cockspur coral tree Bougainvillea, Scarlet sage, Cosmos, Dahlia,

Autumn leaves, Scarlet sage, Japanese narcissus, Japanese camellia, Plum.

Breathtaking panoramic

view of Hakata bay

Beautiful flowers can be

enjoyable throughout the year

  Flower garden


 

Marine World Uminonakamichi

The aquarium focuses on the aquatic life found around Kyushu. The main tank is a huge,

seven meter deep pool filled with all different kinds of marine life including over 120 sharks

of 20 different varieties. There are also several outdoor tanks where you can experience

feeding dolphins and sea lions.

Marine World Uminonakamichi

facing to Hakata bay

 Dolphins and sea lions Show

 Different kinds of marine life

  can be enjoyed


 

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

The sprawling, family oriented public park, located on a narrow peninsula across the bay from

central Fukuoka.The park is made up of several different areas including flower gardens, playgrounds,

an amusement park with ferris wheel, sports fields, a water park, a zoo and large open spaces and

lawns perfect for picnicking.

 

 

Yusentei Garden

The Japanese traditional Garden; it was originally built in the 1754 for Kuroda Tsugutaka

who was the lord of Fukuoka clan. You can feel Japanese traditional cultures and enjoy

Tea Ceremony.

The time-honored Japanese

 garden

Beautiful lake, colorful carp

swimming

 Traditional Japanese room,

 enjoy Tea Ceremony


 

Marinoa City Fukuoka

The urban living area where you can enjoy a resort lifestyle full of fun and entertainment.

There is a large shopping mall, a sports equipment store, a car accessories store, an interior

design shop, a baby specialty mega store, some restaurants, a Ferris wheel, and many 

amusement attractions.

 

 

Fukuoka Chuo Wholesale fish Market

Well known as the Kitchen of Hakata dealing with fresh sea food. The Wholesale Market

is open to the public on the second Saturday of every month as Citizens Appreciation day.

Time is from 9h to 12h. The Special event is the Tuna Cooking Show, don’t miss it.

 Tuna Cooking show

 Enjoy Tuna sashimi

 Wholesale Market is open

 to the public


 

Nakasu

One of the largest entertainment districts in western Japan, bustling at night with young people

and business men and women. Around 2000 eating and drinking establishments including Yatai

is crammed in this area, Neon light reflect alluringly on the Naka River.


 

Hakata-za

Hakata-za is the theater for Kabuki plays and is located in the Hakata Riverain in Nakasu
It was originally constructed in 1996.


 

Fukuoka Open Top Bus  / Sightseeing bus in Fukuoka-city

The Open-air deck bus with 3.2m high show you main tourist destinations in Fukuoka-city.

The tour is started from Fukuoka City Hall.


 

Local cuisines and featured restaurants

 

Hakata Ramen Yatai

Food stalls “Yatai”is one thing to enjoy in Fukuoka. Despite a decline in recent year,

there are said to be more than 160. The food stalls have all kind of food, but you have

to try Hakata ramen, usually made with white soup from pork bone and thin noodles.

 

 

Ramen Stadium

Ramen Stadium isn’t really a stadium as the name suggests, but a food court on the fifth floor

of Canal City’s Cinema Building. It carries not one, but eight famous ramen stalls that serves

different ramen styles from across Japan. Ramen Stadium has eight ramen stalls with ramen

from Hakata, Kurume, and as far as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Sapporo.


 

Mizutaki

It is a local cuisine in Fukuoka.  izutaki (boil in water) describes, this is a hot pot dish made

with chopped chickens, negi, and a variety of vegetables put in a pot of water and boiled,

then dipped in ponzu sauce.

 

 

Local restaurants

There are many restaurants for lunch and dinner where you can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisines and

local specialties.

 

 

Location of Fukuoka-city  

   

 


 

 General information 

Address

City hall : 1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka-prefecture

Cabinet designate city

Access

To main destinations in Kyushu by a vehicle

  Ibusuki :  4 hours and 20 minutes,  Kagoshima : 3 hours and 30 minutes

  Miyazaki : 3 hours and 40 minutes ,  Aso : 2 hours and 20 minutes

  Kumamoto : 1 hour and 50 minutes , Beppu : 1 hour and 50 minutes

  Yufuin : 1 hour and 40 minutes, Nagasaki : 2 hours and 10 minutes

  Saga : 1 hour and 10 minutes ,  Kitakyushu : 1 hour and 10 minutes  

Transportation

Airport

  Fukuoka International Airport

  Fukuoka domestic Airport

JR main station : Hakata Station

Ferry

  to Busan, Korea

  to Iki and Tsushima, Nagasaki-prefecture

  to Goto, Nagasaki-prefecture

  to Okinawa

  to Nigata and Hokkaido

City transportation

  Fukuoka City Subway

  Nishitetsu Bus

  Nishitetsu train 

Population 1,570,000      population density : 4,570 / km2

 

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