Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Fukuoka Area

  • Canal City Hakata
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    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.

  • 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...

  • Marine World Uminonakamichi
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    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.

  • Marinoacity Fukuoka
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    4.0
    322 Reviews
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    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...

  • Hakata Bus Terminal
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    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...

  • 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...

  • JR Hakata City AMU PLAZA Hakata
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    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...

  • 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...

  • 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
    152 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.

    A great river walk with shops and many pop up food stalls when we visited. Some great street food that was fun and tasty.

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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Shimokawabatamachi 3-1 Hakata Riverain Mall 5/6F
  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
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    4.0
    150 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...

  • 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.
  • Hakata DEITOS
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    137 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Hakataekichuougai 1-1
    Located inside JR Hakata City, Hakata DEITOS, conveniently situated near the Chikushi Exit of Hakata Station, is a sightseeing spot in and of itself. The two stories above ground and one below are filled with a variety of restaurants and souvenir shops. Hakata Ramen Street on the second floor is home to numerous popular Hakata ramen, udon, and soba restaurants. Seasonal events are else held in the facility. Located inside JR Hakata Station.

    On the east-side of Hakata Station you will find Deitos a shopping mall with a lot of shops selling sweets. There is also a restaurant floor but for this one you really have to enter deeper into the...

  • Hakataza Theater
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Shimokawabatamachi 2-1
    A theater located in HAKATA RIVERAIN MALL specializing in drama. As such a facility, its 1,500 seats make it the largest in the Kyushu area. The theater is replete with restaurants serving tea ceremony dishes made with seasonal ingredients and Japanese cooking, bento box vendors, and places selling limited edition goods from the production. 

    Go here and you can pay an amount to watch japanese Opera Theater. It was a great experience but to be honest i did not understand a work the whole thing was about. I enjoyed it because it was a...

  • 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...

  • KITTE HAKATA
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    4.0
    130 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...

  • Kanmon Kaikyo Museum (Kaikyo Dramaship)
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    3.5
    85 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushimojiku Nishikaigan 1-3-3

    Relatively modern building (built 2003) highlighting the history associated with the Kanmon Strait. The area of the Kaikyo Dramaship was really my last port of call after a long and tiring day...

  • Kurume City Art Museum
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    4.5
    97 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...

  • Nishi Park
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    4.0
    65 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Chuo-ku Nishi Park
    A park in Chuo, Fukuoka. The park covers a hill and is nearly 170,000 square meters in size. It has a viewing platform looking out over the city and Hakata Bay as well as a running course. It is a well-known place for cherry blossom viewing and was chosen as one of the top 100 places to watch cherry blossoms. It's also abundant with beautiful nature scenes with a natural pine forest, an azalea valley and a maple tree valley.

    A 10~15 min walk from the subway station/ Fukuoka Castle remains, as its a bit further away, its more quiet than the other parks. A good sakura hanami spot even though i went a bit early when 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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