Fukuoka travel guide
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
|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
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
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
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
Buddhism Kyushu sect
Garaves of Kuroda Lord
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 including souvenir
Birth place of Nagahama
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.
The complex facility for the wedding hall, shops and restaurants and is located in Seaside
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
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.
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.
Breath taking panoramic
view of Hakata bay
Beautiful flowers enjoy
throughout the year
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.
Dolphins and sea lions
Different kinds of marine life
can be enjoyed
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.
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
The time-honored Japanese
Beautiful lake, colorful carp
Traditional Japanese room,
enjoy Tea Ceremony
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
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
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.
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
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 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.
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.
There are many restaurants for lunch and dinner where you can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisines and
Location of Fukuoka-city
City hall : 1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka-prefecture
Cabinet designate city
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
Fukuoka International Airport
Fukuoka domestic Airport
JR main station : Hakata Station
to Busan, Korea
to Iki and Tsushima, Nagasaki-prefecture
to Goto, Nagasaki-prefecture
to Nigata and Hokkaido
Fukuoka City Subway
|Population||1,570,000 population density : 4,570 / km2|