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  • Canal City Hakata
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Hakata Bus Terminal
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Marinoacity Fukuoka
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashinishiku Odo 2-12-30
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Tenjin 1-11-11
    TENJIN CORE is a fashion building built by the Nishitetsu Group on the underground second floor to the eighth floor, and is 43 years old as of April 2019. There are many shops, including clothing and accessory shops, general merchandise shops and gourmet food shops in the building. It is located about three minutes on foot from the Fukuoka City Subway Line’s Tenjin Station.
  • Kyushu National Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Ishizaka 4-7-2
    A national museum located in Dazaifu City commonly known as the “Kyuhaku” to locals. The museum displays numerous historically momentous articles such as an ink painting by the famed Kano Masanobu, a designated National Treasure, and the original manuscript of the ancient epic Eiga Monogatari. The museum’s rounded 160 meter by 80 meter building is large enough to fit an entire international regulation soccer field, making it best to schedule plenty of time for one’s visit. The first floor contains a hands-on space for learning about Asia for children. A 10-minute walk from Dazaifu Station.
  • Marine World Uminonakamichi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Ohori Park
    1785 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Ohorikouen 1-2
    When the feudal lord Kuroda Nagamasa built Fukuoka Castle, he used part of a cove on Hakata Bay to create the castle’s outer moat (a great moat, or “ohori” in Japanese). Thereafter, the area around the pond was turned into a garden and later opened to the public as the prefecturally operated Ohori Park in 1929. The park’s great pond is encircled by a two kilometer long path, making it perfect for strolls and jogging. There are also cafés and restaurants in the park, making it a popular location for locals to rest and relax.

    The lake area lends itself to many kinds of activities. A silent moment by oneself, listening to one's playlist while soaking up the view, jogging around or enjoying the boat ride with friends or...

  • RIVERWALK Kitakyushu
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Maizuru Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Fukuoka City Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Uminonakamichi Seaside Park
    407 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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 spent the day out here and it was one of our best days of the trip. We hired bikes at the entrance near the station and rode right around the park. There was plenty of choice of bikes ranging from...

  • ChaCha Town Kokura
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushikokurakitaku Sunatsu 3-1-1
    This is a large commercial complex located in Sunatsu, with an array of shops and facilities lined up together inside including consumer electronics, daily sundries, restaurants, and a movie theater. The symbol of the complex is a large Ferris wheel of height 60 meters and diameter of 50 meters, from which one can look out over Kokura. Of the 36 gondolas just two are transparent and visitors often form a line to use them. Events such as concerts and illuminations are held throughout the year, bringing in a lot of visitors.
  • Iwataya Main Shop
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Tenjin 2-5-35
    This traditional department store opened in 1936 as the first railroad terminal department store in Kyushu. Its roots extend all the way back to 1754, when it operated as a kimono shop. A passageway connects the main building and the new annex, and inside you can find everything from men’s and ladies’ fashion to household goods, food items, cosmetics, interior goods, jewelry, restaurants, and more. For customers with children in tow, there are also brands aimed at kids. With the largest selection of goods in Kyushu, there is something here for everyone. The nearest station is Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station.
  • Fukuoka ampanmankodomomyujiamuin Mall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Shimokawabatamachi 3-1 Hakata Riverain Mall 5/6F
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Kasuyagunhisayamamachi Yamada 1111
    Large-scale shopping center that boasts a floor space equivalent to 5 Tokyo Domes. Within the spacious lot, you’ll find fashion, everyday goods, restaurants and over 100 shops lined up. With a movie theater, a barbeque area, and a zoo where you can touch rare animals like capybaras, wallabies, and iguanas, there is plenty here for you and your family to enjoy.
  • Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashihakataku Shimokawabatamachi 3-1 Riverain Center Building 7F/8F
    This is the only art museum in the world dedicated to modern and contemporary art from Asia. The museum engages in initiatives befitting the city of Fukuoka, which has long served as a point of exchange in Asia, such as workshops hosted by artists invited from throughout Asia. Events and exhibitions are held as the occasion demands; accordingly, visitors are encouraged to check the museum’s website for current information.
  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Tenjin Central Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Kitakyushu Environment Museum
    8 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Kitakyushushiyahatahigashiku Higashida 2-2-6
    A museum with displays and hands-on exhibits which seeks to educate visitors about the environment. The museum presents the history of modern industrialization, how Kitakyushu City overcame past pollution problems, and the current state of the global environment in an easy-to-understand manner. The museum facilities themselves include a variety of environmentally-friendly measures. The Kitakyushu Environment Museum is an excellent place to learn more about environmental issues. The museum’s distinctive semicircle structure is a domed theater modeled after the Earth. A five-minute walk from Space World Station.

    As a non Japanese speaker you are never sure how good a museum is going to be. Luckily we were given an information sheet to go along with the English notes throughout the museum. The best part of...

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine Houmotsuden (Treasure Hall)
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Saifu 4-7-1
    The treasure house of Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine. The treasure house stores and displays some 50 thousand items, including a sword once worn by Sugawara no Michizane; ancient manuscripts such as the Kan’en, a National Treasure; and artistic works. The history of the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine as well as that of the nationwide Sugawara no Michizane faith is presented via video. Entrance fee required. A shared ticket granting entry to the Kyushu National Museum is also available.

    天満宮本殿の手前に向かって右手に宝物殿があります。訪問時には「太宰府幕末展」として志士に関する書状や絵画が展示されていましたが、甲冑や刀剣、絵画や書籍で構成される常設展も興味深い資料がありました。入館してすぐにあるビデオが天満宮を巡る歴史を知るうえで良かったです。 入場料は400円だそうですが、九州国立博物館、菅公歴史館とのセットで500円となるチケットで入場しました。九博にも行かれるのであればこ...

Fukuoka Main Areas


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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