Fukuoka Travel Guide
Fukuoka is a dynamic city located in the heart of the Fukuoka plain, famous for its electric nightlife and delicious noodle soups. Surprisingly friendly for such a large city, it faces the Genkai Sea and is surrounded by the mountains of Sefuri, Sangun and Inunaki. Despite being thoroughly modern, this is a city with a rich history and strong culture.
Fukuoka’s outstanding modern architecture, renowned festivals, folk crafts and lively entertainment districts make it one of the most diverse cities in Japan to visit. They like to do things big in Fukuoka, boasting Japan’s biggest hotel, longest bar and largest cinema complex. For a spectacular view of the city, the Sky Dream Fukuoka is one of the world’s tallest Ferris wheels, a ride not to be missed.
The Marine Park Uminonakamichi, located on the north of the Bay of Hakata, is a vast area with an amusement park, gardens, beaches and an aquarium, perfect for a relaxed day out. Located in Ohori Park, Fukuoka Art Museum contains a wide selection of art from around the world, while the Genko Historical Museum contains artifacts spanning the history of the region from the Mongolian invasion. For a glamorous night out, head to the island of Nakasu, or for something a little less glitzy, take a trip to the main downtown area of Tenjin.
Shofukuji Temple: this was the first Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, founded in 1195.
Hakata Dontaku: festival draws over two million visitors each year and is a great insight into traditional performing arts of Japan.
Fukuoka Castle: see the ruins of the castle, built in the 17th century by Nagamasa Kuroda, the first feudal lord.
Ohori Park: just two stops west of Tenjin on the subway, this is one of Fukuoka’s hotspots for relaxing as well as being home to an art gallery.
Sky Dream Fukuoka: soaring 120 meters into the sky, thrill-seekers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to ride one of the planet’s largest Ferris wheels.
Fukuoka Art Museum: set in the popular Ohori Park, you can take in works by Miro, Chagall and Rothko as well as those by modern Japanese masters before or after chilling out in the park’s greenery.