Today’s Fukuoka is the product of the fusion of two cities in the year 1889, when the port city of Hakata and the former castle town of Fukuoka were united. Hakata remains the name of one of the central districts and of the main railway station.
Kyushu’s largest city, and one of Japan’s ten most populated, it is a good starting point for first-time visitors to Japan. It’s a sizable, modern city but it’s not hard to get around.
Open-air food stalls, called Yatai, mainly in Nakagawa and Tenjin districts
Futuristic Momochi Seaside Park and the 234-meter-tall Fukuoka Tower offering a wonderful 360 degree panoramic view
Fukuoka Castle (ruins)
Kushida Shrine where the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is held annually 1 - 15 July