Sitting on the northern shores of Kyushu Island, Fukuoka is one of Japan’s biggest cities. For centuries, it’s served as an important harbour city that connects Japan to mainland Asia. Today, it’s a fascinating blend of old and new.
Things to Do
Start your exploration of Fukuoka at Fukuoka Castle, which offers a fascinating glimpse at life in the Edo Period. Fukuoka is also home to Shofukuji, Japan’s first Zen temple. Wander around the gardens, and find out more about how the Zen Buddhism travelled from China to Japan.
If you feel like stretching your legs, Ohori Park is a great way to break up a day of sightseeing. The Seaside Momochi waterfront is also a great place for a stroll, with uninterrupted views of Fukuoka’s futuristic skyline.
With retail stores, hotels, movie theatres and a network of indoor waterways, Canal City Hakata mall is one of Japan’s most impressive shopping malls. If you prefer sports over shopping, why not snagtickets to a SoftBank Hawks baseball game?
For foodies, Fukuoka is one of Japan’s tastiest destinations. The city is famous for its street food stands, also known as Yatai. Find some of the best on the southern end of Nakasu Island, serving up yakitori chicken, oden hot pot and the city’s famous Hakata Ramen egg noodles.
Japan is famous for its ultra-efficient public transport, with Fukuoka no exception. Local buses service Fukuoka's metropolitan area, with trains and subways also running throughout the city. For a scenic ride, velotaxis are a fun and eco-friendly way to get from A to B.