Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Fukuoka Area

  • Canal City Hakata
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    4.0
    2038 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.

  • Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
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    4.5
    491 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.

    this place staff be so spoiled from all vistor before covid crisis then even now is on same altitude... didt know nothing about service industry just very lucky to be on this island. Refuse to accept...

  • JR Hakata City AMU PLAZA Hakata
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    4.0
    506 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...

  • Maizuru Park
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    4.0
    343 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...

  • Hakata Bus Terminal
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    4.0
    243 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...

  • Fukuoka City Museum
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    4.0
    353 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...

  • Kyushu Railway History Museum
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    4.0
    378 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Kiyotaki 2-3-29
    A museum dedicated to railway history located close to JR Mojiko Station. Inside, visitors can climb aboard actual trains used from the Meiji period onward. The museum also has interactive exhibits that give participants a taste of what travel was once like during various periods of railroad history in Japan. The realistic model railroad presenting a panorama of railways in Kyushu and the museum’s simulator, which lets users experience what it is like to drive an 811 series train, are particularly popular. The Train Exhibition Hall displays nine historic trains which operated in Kyushu. Visitors can also try driving a miniature train outside the museum.

    It is a museum by using the old headquarters of Kyushu Railway. SL and some old express trains are displayed, and you can enter the wagons and sit on the seats. Not only for the lovers of railway...

  • Fukuoka Zoo & Botanical Garden
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    4.0
    201 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Minamikouen 1-1
    A municipal botanical garden and zoo located in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City where visitors can see all kinds of plants and animals. The ZooLab, where all kinds of specimens are displayed, and the children's petting zoo are particularly popular. The facility also has a restaurant and gift shop and is frequented by families and others.

    It’s a zoo, so you know what to expect. These beautiful animals, deprived of their rightful freedom, look so depressed and bereft of any zest for life. It surely can no longer be ok in 2019 for...

  • MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & HUMAN HISTORY
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    4.5
    191 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushiyahatahigashiku Higashida 2-chome 4
    Based on the concept of “evolution of life” this museum displays the progression of the evolution of life and the history of humans. There is much to see including a “kid’s museum” aimed at children of elementary school age and older with displays they can touch and learn about nature and history, and a Time-Travelling Room in which animatronic dinosaurs move inside a diorama. This is a museum that can be enjoyed by many generations.

    When I first visited the Museum in 2018, I was blown away by the Dinosaur exhibits. My biggest regret was that I could only spend an hour at the museum before heading to Kitakyushu Airport to catch...

  • Nokonoshima Island Park
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashinishiku Noko island
    It is around 10 minutes by ferry from Meinohama, Fukuoka City. A vast natural park situated in northern Nokonoshima. The highlight is being able to see swathes of flowers as the seasons change, including rape blossoms and sunflowers. The park is full of athletics and play facilities popular with children, who can casually enjoy playing ball or rope ski. The ceramics and ceramic decorating experiences are also popular. With jointly established shops and restaurants also available, one could certainly enjoy spending the whole day here.

    Fantastic wonderful island full of variety of flowers and very nice views. They have different flowers blooming for every month. We were there on November and the flowers in bloom were Cosmos...

  • RIVERWALK Kitakyushu
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    3.5
    156 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushikokurakitaku Muromachi 1-1-1
    Surrounded by gorgeous nature and history, Riverwalk Kitakyushu is a facility with various functions including culture, art, information and commerce. Visitors can enjoy the open spaces of Ogura Castle, Murasaki River and Katsuyama Park while doing their shopping or going to the art museum or theater. The abundance of events makes people want to visit over and over again. The Riverwalk is approximately three minutes on foot from the JR Nishi-Kokura Station and approximately ten minutes from the JR Kokura Station.

    The Riverwalk Kitakyushu is not really a river walk as I originally expected. It is a huge complex with some stores and restaurants inside. I would say, the architecture of this complex is pretty...

  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
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    4.0
    148 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Reisenmachi 6-10
    Come learn about the good-old days of life in Hakata at this tourist attraction. The exhibition hall, Machiya Hall, and souvenir shop are all connected, and the Machiya Hall was originally built in the mid-Meiji period (late 1800s) before it was moved and reconstructed in its current location. You can also see a demonstration of how Hakata fabric was traditionally woven. Under the guidance of experienced craftsmen, you can try your hand at painting ceramics (fee required) or Hakata fabric weaving yourself. It's just a five-minute walk from Gion Station.

    Two story museum with a small fee that shows the history of the Fukuoka area. There are signs in English and a short film about a festival in the area where local people build floats and race them...

  • KITTE HAKATA
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    4.0
    129 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Hakataekichuougai 9-1
    A mall connected directly to Hakata Station. The Hakata Marui department store serves as the core tenant, but the mall is filled with a variety of establishments, including restaurants, fashionable apparel shops, bridal ware stores, and health clinics. Designed around the concept of serving as a great place to take a break, there are various cafes on each floor as well.

    Came here looking for dinner. It’s nice and quiet on the top floor but choices are limited. Shopping is mainly ladies wear. Went to basement of Solaria Stage for dinner instead. It has more local...

  • Bayside Place Hakata
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    3.5
    69 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Chikkouhonmachi 13-6
    A mall adjoining the Hakata Port Passenger Terminal in Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. The mall is filled with a variety of tenants, including a shopping area host to fashionable apparel shops and boutiques, and a restaurant area where visitors can eat local Hakata specialties. The mall also has fun facilities for children and an event hall used for live music performances, making this a destination where people of all ages can easily spend an entire day.

    There is no need to go here unless you have a boat trip planned. Ice cream, coffee, and food is available while you wait. An aquarium is here and the Hakata tower is across the street. Its very...

  • Tenjin Central Park
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    3.5
    110 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Tenjin 1
    Construction of this public park located in the center of Fukuoka began in 1986 and was completed in 1989. Forming a large forest together with Across Fukuoka, it is used as an oasis in the city by the people that come here to rest. The cherry blossom area that extends along the Yakuin Shinkawa River features 50 Somei-yoshino and Yama-zakura cherry trees, and this is a popular place for hanami cherry-blossom viewing parties as the trees form a tunnel of blossoms every year.

    It’s a square green park with trees around the edges with some shaded seating, when I was there in Early September late August looks like a lot of the grass was worn away at the edges, don’t make a...

  • Kurume City Art Museum
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    4.5
    98 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kurumeshi Nonakamachi Within 1015 Ishibashi Cultural Center
    An art museum which collects and displays Japanese modern Western-style paintings, calligraphy, and ceramics. Donated to Kurume City by Shojiro Ishibashi, a locally born businessman who founded the Bridgestone Tire company (the predecessor of the Bridgestone Group), the museum is also sometimes referred to by its old name as the Ishibashi Museum of Art. Events such as special exhibitions, gallery talks, and workshops are also held in the museum.

    It is a museum inside Ishibashi Bunka Center. The museum is now renamed to Kurume City Museum. The surrounding area is a very pleasant park, and even if you don’t enter the museum, it is worth going...

  • ITOZU NO MORI Zoological Park
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    4.5
    79 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushikokurakitaku Kamitoudu 4-1-8
    This is a municipal zoo located in Kitakyushu City. Using the natural forests and environment in its 10-hectare space, 500 animals of 100 varieties live there. It is divided into different themed areas such as grasslands or Madagascar, and the petting area has a range of activities including horse riding and animal feeding. Within the zoo’ zone there are also play areas and lawns for families to sit and enjoy a bento lunch box.

    Very neat zoo. Located next to a park. So you can feel the green. The animals look happy too. Not too big so it wont be tiring with small kids. That fun park is just fun for kids. There are more to...

  • FUKUOKA PayPay DOME (Fukuoka Dome)
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Jigyouhama 2-2-2
    This domed baseball stadium facing Hakata Bay boasts is the largest of its kind in Japan. The home of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, the stadium is often used for concerts when no games are scheduled. The Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum, which houses numerous articles related to renown Japanese baseball player Sadaharu Oh, adjoins the stadium. Tours of the dome are held irregularly and can be reserved from the stadium’s official website. An approximately 15-minute walk from Tojinmachi Station.
  • SOLARIA PLAZA
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    4.0
    87 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Chuo-ku Tenjin 2-2-43
    A commercial building in Tenjin 2-Chome, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City. The building has seven above-ground floors and two basements levels filled with all sorts of shops and restaurants including fashion apparel, sundries, foodstuffs, and more, and is also home to a movie cinema. The building is attached to the 17 floor Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Fukuoka and the hotel lobby is accessible from the 6th floor.

    It is very common to find so many big malls or departmental stores in & around the major city areas/train stations that are somewhat similar. Most are upmarket, nice to browse but expensive. Solaria...

  • Toto Museum
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    4.5
    73 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushikokurakitaku Nakashima 2-1-1
    Here at the TOTO Museum you can learn about the roots and history of TOTO Ltd. who played a role in Japan's modernization. Along with the culture and history surrounding plumbing from their founding to the present day you can see their thoughts behind the creation and evolution of their products. There are almost 1,000 displays to see and along with goods on display including toilets, baths, faucets, and Japan's first unit bathroom (according to JIS regulations), there is also a toilet for sumo wrestlers that you can actually sit on to compare the size and new products that are only sold overseas.

    What a great museum the Toto Museum was. I traveled to Kitakyushu mainly to visit this museum and it was the highlight of my weekend trip. I walked here from the train station, it was a bit far but...

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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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