Hakata’s oldest shopping street has about 130 shops lining a 400-meter long arcade.
Explore these great things to see and do in Fukuoka, from browsing the traditional Japanese dolls for sale along Hakata-Kawabata shopping street to slurping a delicious bowl of tonkotsu ramen.
This is a park with an artificial beach north of Fukuoka Tower. It is close to such landmarks as the public library, public museum and Yafuoku! Dome.
The name “Ōhori” means large trench and it derives from the fact that Kuroda Nagamasa, the old lord of Fukuoka, reclaimed the land which was facing Hakata Bay, and built it as a trench for Fukuoka Castle.
This is the largest underground shopping area in Kyushu, stretching close to 600 meters along the downtown area from north to south.
This busy market is full of fresh seafood and loved by Hakata locals as the “pantry of Hakata.”
Merchants of Hakata developed a festival called Dontaku from a traditional celebration ritual called Hakata Matsubayashi, the origin of which dates back 830 years.
A mere 12km in circumference, this island in Hakata Bay is a prime spot for relaxation for Fukuoka’s residents, and since it only takes 10 minutes by ferry from the terminal in Meinohama, it’s very accessible as well.
Hakata Ramen is widely known as the specialty of Fukuoka. It features a richly flavored white pork bone soup and thin noodles.
Mizutaki is a common Fukuoka local cuisine that has filled people’s stomachs for 100 years. This hot pot (known as nabe) involves a painstakingly prepared broth extracted from chicken.
Motsu Nabe is a favorite local hot pot dish that is popular for its rich flavor. It is not just for cold days. In fact, the real pleasure of this famous dish is eating it while sweating on a hot summer’s day.
This festival is said to originate from the legend that the founder of Jotenji Temple scattered sacred water on the street to get rid of plague.
Kuroda Nagamasa, the first lord of Fukuoka province, started constructing Fukuoka castle in 1601 and took 7 years to finish.
Fukuoka Tower is over 234 meters above sea level covered by as many as 8000 half-mirrors and boasting a sharp appearance with its triangular structure. Thus, it is known locally as the Mirror Sail.
One of Kyushu’s greatest theatres, a variety of dramatic theater performances across Japan including Kabuki & musicals are performed monthly at the Hakataza.
You can learn about the fascinating process of making one of Japan’s most popular beers in detail and also get to taste the beer itself at Kirin Beer Park Factory.
The shrine is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane who was later deified as the god of literature and calligraphy.
At the Fukuoka City Museum you will find permanent exhibits on the history and folk cultures of Fukuoka, theme-based exhibits on the history, customs and culture of Fukuoka and Japan, and other special large-scale exhibitions.