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