Spots in Fukuoka / Dazaifu Area

  • Canal City Hakata
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    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...

  • Maizuru Park
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    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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    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...

  • JR Hakata City AMU PLAZA Hakata
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    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...

  • Fukuoka City Museum
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    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...

  • Hakozaki-gu Shrine
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    315 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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    370 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...

  • Miyajidake-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    212 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.

    I just loved this shrine, was so peaceful, the chill of the air was just right so walking around the shrines was at ease. for those who cant walk the steps there is a few cars paces at the top, some...

  • Hakata Port Tower
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    4.0
    213 Reviews
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    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...

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine
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    3.5
    4 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.

    観光客の動線にはいって天満宮の裏手になる場所です。展示は建物の地下で博多人形で菅原道真の生涯を展示してあります。人形を使った展示なせいかわかりやすく、意外におもしろい場所だと思いました。天満宮から足を伸ばしてもよい場所です。

  • Asahi Beer Hakata Brewery
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    4.0
    182 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku Takeshita 3-1-1
    A brewery in Takeshita 3-Chome, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City. At the brewery they produce Asahi Super Dry and other beers and tours are available on a reservation basis. The tour will teach you about the beer manufacturing process and after the tour you can sample fresh draught beer. The brewery also features a gift shop and attached to the brewery you'll find the Asahi Beer Garden Hakata where you can enjoy Genghis Khan mutton barbeque with fresh beer straight from the brewery.

    this is only a brief tour of about an hour. but you get to see the most amazing computerised assembly of beer. We saw the cans being filled and packed. and even better you then get taken to the...

  • Nokonoshima Island Park
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    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...

  • Fukuoka Zoo & Botanical Garden
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    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...

  • Fukuoka Tower
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashisawaraku Momochihama 2-3-26
    The tallest seaside tower in Japan at 234 meters high. The tower is distinguished by the 8,000 equilateral triangle half mirror panels cladding the exterior. The observation deck is 123 meters above the ground. One floor below, there is a lounge with one wall completely paneled with glass; here visitors can enjoy lunch or dinner amidst a stunning view. Famous as a spot for romantic partners, visitors can also buy heart-shaped padlocks here which are said to tie two people together when their names are written on it and the lock is closed.
  • Hakata’s Kitchen Yanagibashi Rengo Market
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    3.5
    125 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashichuouku Haruyoshi 1-6-1
    This Fukuoka City market with a long history started in 1918, when a few fresh fish traders began selling fish from a cart at the Yagihashi Bridge crossing the Nakagawa River. It is a lively place with events throughout the year, including the “Zenzai Festival” held every January and the “set bargain sale” held on the third Thursday of each month where all stores offer goods and fresh foodstuffs at prices at half or 1/3 of their regular price.

    Walking distance from Tenjin underground, this local small fish market sell a varieties of fresh fish, shell fish, crabs and even whale meat and of course the must eat mentaiko

  • Itosaisai, JA Itoshima Market direct from the grower
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    4.5
    116 Reviews
    Shopping
    Fukuoka Pref. Itoshimashi Maebaru Ichinoseka 567
    Itosaisai, JA Itoshima Market sells a wide range of fresh produce harvested in Itoshima, including vegetables, rice, meat, fish, delicatessen and even flowers. Every kind of fruit and vegetable is produced differently by each farmer, and it is possible to compare them by taste-testing them. It is also possible to buy the high-quality Itoshima brand meats such as Itoshima black beef, and the Itoshima brand pork, Genkai Pork, here. The market is located approximately 13 minutes on foot from the JR Hatae Station.

    Everything you need. All from locals. Go there for breakfast, to have lunch or to do groceries for home. Fresh sashimi from locals and sushi for resanobla rates. It cannot be more fresh.

  • Chikae Fukuoka Restaurant
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    4.5
    816 Reviews
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    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...

  • 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...

  • Dazaifu Government Office Ruins
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    169 Reviews
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    Fukuoka Pref. Dazaifushi Kanzeonji 4-6-1
    "A designated National Special Historic Site located a 15-minute walk from Tofuromae Station on the Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line. Today the site is maintained as a historic park. Also a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing, in the spring when the trees are in bloom they are lit up at night. In addition, the site has become a popular mystical ""power spot (spiritual place with energy vortex)"" and is frequented in particular by locals."

    Now it is just ruined, but once this place used to be the administrative center of Western Japan. It stimulates our imagination. Sakamoto Hachiman Shrine is nearby. You can also visit Kanzeonji...

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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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