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About Fukuoka

Fukuoka is the largest city on Kyushu Island and is one of the closest Japanese cities to China and Korea. Fukuoka has been the center of trade with these countries and is considered to be Japan’s oldest city.

The city was almost completely destroyed during World War II, but today it is a modern and unusually green city with about 1.5 million inhabitants. It is well-connected with bullet trains (Shinkansen) from Shin-Osaka and Tokyo. The main station, Hakata station, is also a major gateway to other towns and cities in Kyushu. For example, Kumamoto and Nagasaki. From Hakata station itself, you can take the city’s well-developed metro system to the centre.

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.

It’s a sizable, modern city but it’s not hard to get around. It is well known for its yatai (food stands), where tourists and locals can mingle and enjoy local cuisine together.

A recommended sightseeing spot is Daizaifu. A short journey outside of Fukuoka city, visitors can see Daizaifu Tenmangu Shrine, which is one of the most important Tenmangu Shrines in Japan.

  • 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)
  • Ohori Park
  • Kushida Shrine where the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is held annually 1 - 15 July

Japan’s oldest city is lively

Kyushu’s colourful capital is full of life. Everything is a bit more here: the weather is warmer, the food stronger and the people more outgoing. The town has a beautiful harbour area, called Seaside Momochi, with futuristic buildings – and the impressive Fukuoka Dome stadium, the exciting City Museum and the Fukuoka Tower, where you can look out over the city from a height of 123 metres. The large and airy Ohori Park provides a green oasis in the middle of the city, with the Fukuoka Art Museum, which has thousands of Buddha sculptures as well as modern art by Miro and Dali. You can also visit the Asian Art Museum – the only museum in the world that specializes in modern art from all over Asia. But the coolest attraction is the city itself. Fukuoka is famous for its street food and nightlife, and the best place to find both is on Nakasu Island in the middle of the city, where the small stalls (“yatai”) are side by side. Slurp a bowl of tonkotsu ramen (noodles in a heavy soup boiled with pork) with the locals. In the nearby Tenjin shopping district, you can buy everything your heart desires. Note that many of the shops are underground in Tenjin Underground Mall (Tenjin Chikagai).

Other attractions in Fukuoka

The Komyozenji Temple, with its beautiful stone garden; the impressive National Museum; and probably the world’s most beautiful Starbucks, designed by the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. Don’t miss the colourful Tenmangu Shrine shrine in the small town of Dazaifu, about 30 min from the city centre by metro and train.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Hakata Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line (4h 50 min) (935km) or domestic flights from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport
  • From Osaka (Shin-Osaka) to Hakata Station by train (2h 20 min) or domestic flights from Itami Airport to Fukuoka Airport
  • On our Google map

 

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