Spots in Fukuoka Area

  • Canal City Hakata
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    4.0
    2031 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Sumiyoshi 1-2
    A major commercial facility standing on the banks of the Naka River. In addition to shops and restaurants, the facility is also adjoined by a movie theater and a performing arts theater. The Ramen Stadium area, filled with branch restaurants from famous ramen purveyors throughout Japan, is a popular place to check out. In the evening, visitors can enjoy a magnificent water fountain show that makes use of projection mapping in the Sun Plaza on floor B1. Free baby stroller rentals available.

    A huge shopping mall with a beautiful artificial water canal and fountains. A must see place in Fukuoka.

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine
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    4.0
    2050 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Saifu 4-7-1
    The head shrine of 12,000 Shinto shrines across the country dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane, known as the god of scholarship. The shrine’s origin lies in the deification of when Michizane, who passed away in this area in 903, was later deified and the main shrine building dedicated to him was erected in 919. The shrine’s charms, said to bring success in academic affairs, and paper talismans themed after the famous Tobiume plum tree said to have flown to the shrine in yearning for Michizane, are popular purchases among visitors. The best time to see the 6,000 Chinese plum trees on the shrine’s grounds is from the end of January to the beginning of March. A five-minute walk from Dazaifu Station.

    A lovely beautiful city / temple / shrine with Zen atmosphere. Some ladies dress in Kimono / Japanese national costume. This shrine is very popular among local visitors and tourists. On the way...

  • Kushida-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    1614 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Kamikawabatamachi 1-41
    A Shinto shrine dedicated to Amaterasu (left shrine), Ohatanushi (central shrine), and Susanoo (right shrine); and the oldest patron shrine of Hakata. Famous for the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival held in July, the stunning yamakasa floats used in the festival are on permanent display on the shrine’s grounds. The waters of the Well of the Crane of the Miraculous Spring which well up from beneath the main shrine building are said to grant health and long life and are quite the attraction for tourists and locals alike.

    A beautiful old shrine built in 757 with lots to see. Gorgeous Gingko trees, the crane fountain, the amazing float used during the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival which is rebuilt every year and on...

  • Chikae Fukuoka Restaurant
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    4.5
    812 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Daimyou 2-2-17
    A long standing traditional ryotei restaurant located in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City where customers can enjoy kaiseki course cuisine made with fresh seafood from across Kyushu. Also outfitted with a large fish preserve and replete with table seating, tatami mat seating, and private dining areas, the establishment is frequented by locals and is a perfect place for parties, business entertainment, banquets, and all manner of dining engagements.

    Because everyone raves about this restaurant we had to try it. Was amazing when it comes to Sashimi. So many thanks of live fish and the restaurant is Huge. Great place for a party or a Birthday...

  • ICHIRAN Souhonten -Headshop & Office-
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    4.0
    582 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Nakasu 5-3-2
    This natural pork bone ramen shop opened in 1960 in Fukuoka, and it is the main location of a chain that is beloved nationwide. The soup is light on the unique pork bone taste and aroma, and it contains a secret sauce made from chili peppers that floats on the surface. Visitors can adjust the toughness of the noodles and the richness of the soup as they see fit. This location offers a “concentration counter” in which the seats are separated by walls, allowing customers to focus on enjoying the bowl of ramen in front of them. The atmosphere of the first floor is redolent of food stalls, and many original menu options are available. The closest station is Nakasu-Kawabata Station.

    When she found out that Ichiran started in Fukuoka, my wife insisted we make a pilgrimage to its main branch. Its basically a 10 floor temple dedicated to the worship of Ramen. Admittedly, the food...

  • Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
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    4.5
    487 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihigashiku Saitozaki 18-25
    This is an expansive nationally-run park located in Fukuoka City. The premises are full of equipment for children to play on such as a roller slide and a giant trampoline, and it also features a dog run and cycling course. In the Dobutsu-no-Mori area visitors can interact with animals and even feed them, while at Hana-no-Oka and the flower garden visitors can enjoy flowers in all four seasons. In summertime, the Sunshine Pool with a water slide is popular, and there is also a place to enjoy barbecue, making this a public park visited by many people from Fukuoka and other prefectures throughout the year.

    We were in Fukuoka for the day during our cruise. Japanese friends met us and took us to this park. We rented bicycles so we could see most of this enormous park. The bicycles were in excellent...

  • Tochoji Temple
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    4.0
    516 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Gokushomachi 2-4
    The head temple for Shingon Buddhism in Kyushu, the temple’s principal object of worship is a figure of the great priest Kukai. The first temple built by Kukai in Japan after returning from Tang China, it is said that the temple’s name, comprised of the characters for “east” and “long,” was chosen to reflect Kukai’s hope that esoteric Buddhism would long be spread in the east of Asia. The temple’s circular Rokkaku-do hall is both exceptionally functional and beautiful. The temple’s brilliant red five-tier pagoda was just completed in 2011. The giant Fukuoka Daibutsu statue of the Buddha situated on the temple grounds, meanwhile, was completed over a four year period starting in 1988. A spectacular figure 10.8 meters tall and weighing 30 tons, the patterned wall behind the statue enshrines 5,000 smaller Buddha statues. A 15-minute walk from JR Hakata Station.

    The temple has a large wooden buddha statue and a tall multi-story wooden building. The entrance to the statue area is just 50yen. Calm and beautiful place to see

  • Marine World Uminonakamichi
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    4.0
    444 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihigashiku Saitozaki 18-28
    An aquarium adjoining Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. The facility was remodeled in 2017 around the theme of Kyushu’s ocean. The dolphin and seal pools are backed by Hakata Bay, giving visitors a chance to enjoy not only a fun show but also a beautiful view. The aquarium’s popular penguins can be viewed up close both on land and in the water, making it fun for children and adults alike. A five-minute walk from Umi-no-Nakamichi Station.

    We took our 1 year old baby here. It’s quite small but we really love it. The shows were quite good but my son is too young to appreciate it. Would come back again if we visit Fukuoka.

  • Maizuru Park
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    4.0
    339 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Jounai
    Kuroda Nagamasa, the first feudal lord of the Fukuoka clan built this castle over a period seven years from 1601. 480,000 square meters marking the main castle grounds have been designated as a National Historic Site, and the area from the hon-maru to the san-no-maru is known as Maizuru Park, used as a place for relaxation by the locals. This is also a popular spot for hanami flower-viewing parties for cherry and lotus blossoms, and every year in the spring a cherry blossom festival is held where the castle walls and cherry blossoms are lit up at night; although the Otakayashiki site and Tamon turrets are normally closed at night, they are opened for this special time. Be sure to enjoy this collaboration of magical light, sound and cherry blossoms.

    I visited the Maizurukoen on 1 and 11 Feb 2020 respectively. The plum flowers reached 60% bloom on 1 Feb 2020. There were more pink plum flowers than white plum flowers. I went there again on 11...

  • ICHIRAN Tenjin Nishidori Branch
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    4.0
    425 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Daimyou 2-1-57
    This is a tonkotsu ramen specialty shop in Tenjinnishi Street in the central district of Fukuoka City. One can concentrate on enjoying the taste of ramen in the individually partitioned seating. With the “kamadare” tonkotsu dish, only available in the Tenjinnishi Street shop, one can really savor the rich taste and a full aroma. In addition, the chashu pork here comes from the belly rather than the shoulder, giving it an extra rich flavor. It is a five-minute walk from Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line’s Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station.

    Many people around the world rate this as the Best Tonkotsu Ramen in Japan. I agree because I have tried 25 places for Tonkotsu and it cant be beat. The best part is that you decide on how you...

  • JR Hakata City AMU PLAZA Hakata
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    4.0
    505 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku Hakata Sta. Chuogai 1-1
    One of the station buildings at the Hakata Entrance of Hakata Station. The building has ten above ground floors and one basement level housing a variety of fashion boutiques and shops offering miscellaneous goods as well as the T-Joy Hakata cinema complex and the JR Kyushu Hall multipurpose hall. Floors nine and ten are home to a number of restaurants in the City Dining Kuuten while the first floor features the Miyage-mon Market where a variety of Hakata souvenirs are available.

    Came here to explore the food options. They have great restaurants on L9 and L10, you will be spoilt for choices. It gets pretty crowded before 12noon for lunch so do come early to avoid the...

  • Tempura Hirao (Main Restaurant)
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    4.5
    434 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Higashihirao 2-4-1
    A tempura specialty restaurant located in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. The restaurant is famous for its piping hot tempura made with choice, fresh, seasonal ingredients and offered at reasonable prices. Notable for its long, 54 seat counter, the establishment bustles with locals as well as tourists.

    I was in Fukuoka and was looking for tempura restaurant. Located 20 minutes new otani hotel and hakata station,this restaurant is a bar style restaurant where u order your food from a machine, take a...

  • Marinoacity Fukuoka
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    4.0
    322 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashinishiku Odo 2-12-30

    Not too many sporting brands stores on its own. Only ABC-Mart and Sports Depot. Otherwise, nice spacious mall with 2 levels. About 50mins bus ride from Hakata Station for ¥440. Free shuttle available...

  • Fukuoka City Museum
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    4.0
    352 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashisawaraku Momochihama 3-1-1
    This public City Museum is near both Fukuoka Tower and the Fukuoka Dome. On display are historical materials that are closely related to both Fukuoka and Hakata. The King of Na gold seal, a National Treasure of Japan, made from real gold, is continuously on display inside of a case. There are numerous masterpieces on display that were donated by the Kuroda Family, former Lords of Fukuoka Domain, including a famous spear, the Nippon-Go, and numerous legendary swords.

    Fukuoka City Museum is located near Fukuoka Tower. If you take Subway, the nearest station is Nishijin. The main attraction of this museum is “gold seal” that was given to a Japanese ruler by Chinese...

  • Hakata Motsunabe Yamanaka Akasaka Restaurant
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    4.5
    358 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Akasaka 1-9-1
    "A long standing nabe hotpot restaurant located a five-minute walk from Akasaka Station on the Fukuoka Subway Kuko Line. Here customers can enjoy ""motsu nabe"" offal hotpot, a local Hakata specialty. The restaurant also offers ""karashi mentai"" spicy pollock roe, stewed beef cheek meat, and many other dishes. Customers can take in a relaxing meal enveloped in the restaurant's chic, high class atmosphere."

    This place is Very good and reasonable. Many people dont like pork intestines but I do because they are cleaned so well and the Miso Broth is Outstanding.

  • Hakozaki-gu Shrine
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    4.0
    312 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihigashiku Hakozaki 1-22-1
    Also known as “Hakozaki Hachiman-gu Shrine,” alongside Usa Hachiman-gu Shrine and Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu Shrine this is one of the three great Hachiman-gu Shrines of Japan. Emperor Ojin is the main enshrined deity, along with Empress Jingu and Tamayori-hime. In Nishioku there is the “Ajisai Garden” and “Shinen Flower Park,” with spring being the best time to see peonies, and the early summer best for hydrangeas. The “Tamaseseri Festival” that takes place each January 3 is a famous festival in which there are two wooden balls that represent yin and yang and bring good fortune and the contestants vie over the “yang” ball.

    We were lucky to watch the ceremony marking the first day of the Hojoya Festival in the evening of September 12 and the procession of the portable shrines. We did not actually have the time to see...

  • Chikuzen Ichinomiya Sumiyoshi Jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    365 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku Sumiyoshi 3-1-51
    A shrine in Sumiyoshi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. This is said to be the oldest of the nearly 2000 Sumiyoshi Shrines nation wide and enshrines the three Sumiyoshi Sanjin deities, Sokotsutsu no onokami, Nakatsutsu no onokami, and Uwatsutsu no onokami. At a yearly festival held from October 12th to 14th there's a children parade, horse archery, and child sumo.

    Within walking distance from Hakata Sta. We found this shrine very peaceful and unusual in that it is an older shrine honoring the God of Sumo. We were lucky enough to see junior Sumo wrestlers...

  • Hakata Bus Terminal
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    4.0
    239 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Hakataekichuougai 2-1
    The Hakata Bus Terminal, from which scheduled and high-speed buses leave and return from trips around Fukuoka City, has one underground and nine above ground floors with stores for clothing and accessories, sundries, daily goods and foodstuffs. Just a one-minute walk from JR Hakata Station’s Hakata Exit, it is convenient for both tourists and shoppers. From the first floor run local scheduled buses and from the third run high-speed buses going to Honshu and other areas around Kyushu.

    If you are planning a trip to another major city in Kyushu, I recommend considering the buses that leave this terminal. The are often as fast as the trains (except the shinkansen) and are much...

  • Miyajidake-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    206 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukutsushi Miyajimotomachi 7-1
    This Shinto shrine is dedicated to Empress Jingu, Katsumura-no-Okami and Katsuyori-no-Okami. A large number of visitors come to pay homage to the gods of business success, road safety and family security. The special shimenawa rope hung at the inner shrine is 11 meters long and weighs 3 tons, making it Japan’s largest. The Okunomiya Fudo Jinja Shrine at the back of the shrine is located inside a large stone chamber belonging to the Maruzuka Kofun ancient tomb. Twice a year, the sun setting into the sea shines a light on the torii gate and road up to the shrine, creating a “road of light” leading to the shrine. This appears in February and October, so be sure to visit after checking the schedule.

    Miyajidake Shrine is know for its Hikari no Michi, a direct way from the coast to this shrine, through which the sunset can be observed twice a year without any hindrance. The Okunoin, subsidiary...

  • Hakata Port Tower
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    4.0
    213 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Chikkouhonmachi 14-1
    This tower symbolic of Hakata Port was built in 1964. The observation deck 70 meters above ground is free for public use, and from there one has a 360-degree panoramic view of Hakata City, Hakata Port, and the boats that go to and fro across the sea. At night it is crowded with people who come to see the illuminations and the sea lit up in beautiful, bright colors.

    Unfortunately, this is not a review as we didnt get to go up the tower to catch the evening view (which we think would have been great). Reached the tower only to find it closed, with a note on the...

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The most northerly of Kyushu island's prefectures, Fukuoka comprises castle towns, seaside parks, and Hakata ramen, one of Japan's most famous noodle dishes. Whether due to its good location or its unique charm, the prefecture's capital, Fukuoka city, has been voted one of the most desirable places to live in the country - a close-knit community, a thriving food scene, and accessible nature combine for irresistibly laid-back city vibes.

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