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Visit Fukuoka

Visit this seaside destination, which is home to ancient temples, peaceful gardens, beaches, exciting nightlife areas and lively shopping districts.

Fukuoka blends a modern attitude with ancient traditions. Visit centuries-old temples, relax in ornamental gardens, browse boutiques and sample a music-loving nightlife scene. Fukuoka straddles the Naka River on the shores of Hakata Bay on Japan’s Kyushu Island. It’s an amalgamation of two towns, Fukuoka castle town and Hakata, which joined as one in 1889.

The ruins of the 17th-century Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park provide a glimpse into a bygone era. Enjoy a panoramic city view from the observation deck of Fukuoka Tower. It rises above Momochi Seaside Park, a man-made beach with a selection of casual dining options. Nearby is Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome, home of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team.

Spread throughout the city are temples and shrines dating as far back as the 1st century. Among the most important are Hakozaki Shrine, Kushida Shrine, Shofukuji Temple and Tochoji Temple. Learn about the lifestyles of city residents at the Fukuoka City Museum. Step back in time to the Meiji era at Hakata Machiya Folk Museum. Spot dolphins, sharks and other aquatic creatures at Marine World Uminonakamichi.

Poke around spice shops, handicraft stores and kimono artist workshops at Kawabata Shopping Arcade. Less than a 10-minute walk away, the architecturally striking Canal City mall shelters fashion outlets of international brands. Relax at lakeside Ohori Park and the peaceful Rakusi-en Garden. Alternatively, have fun with the family at Kashii-kaen amusement park.

When night falls, hop between glitzy bars in the Tenjin district. Discover an unpretentious scene at traditional izakaya bars and mentai rock venues on Oyafuko Dori street. Feast on Hakata ramen (pork soup and noodles), yakitori (skewered chicken) and tempura at a yatai food stand. Sample fresh seafood at Nagahama Fish Market or try unagi (eel).

Reach Fukuoka by flying to Fukuoka Airport, 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the city center. Arrive in July to watch the city’s seven neighborhoods compete in an extravagant float race during the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. Enjoy cherry blossoms in March and April.

Where to stay in Fukuoka

Hakata-ku
Hakata-ku

Hakata-ku

Known for Seafood, Shopping, Skyscrapers

4.5/5(291 reviews)

Travelers choose Hakata-ku for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Higashi-hie Station or Fukuoka Airport Station and check out top sights like Canal City Hakata.

Tenjin
Tenjin

Tenjin

Known for Shopping, Natural Parks, Monuments

4.5/5(40 reviews)

Shopping and restaurants are highlights of Tenjin. Make a stop by Fukuoka Art Museum or Tenjin Core while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Tenjin Station to get around town.

Nakasu
Nakasu

Nakasu

Known for Shopping, Friendly People, Rivers

Notable for its shopping, river views, and restaurants, Nakasu is a sought-after destination for many travelers visiting Fukuoka. If you want to see some sights in the area, check out Fukuoka Asian Art Museum or Kushida Shrine.

Hakata Ekimae
Hakata Ekimae

Hakata Ekimae

Known for Friendly People, Walking, Shopping

Hakata Ekimae is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Amu Plaza Hakata and Jotenji Temple.

Chuo-ku
Ohori Park

Chuo-ku

Known for Shopping, Monuments, Natural Parks

4.5/5(119 reviews)

You might enjoy the shopping while in Chuo-ku. Ohori Park is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Ohorikoen Station or Tojinmachi Station to see more of the city.

Sawara-ku
Fukuoka Tower featuring a city and night scenes

Sawara-ku

Known for Friendly People, Budget, Libraries

4/5(1 review)

The beaches and restaurants are just a few things visitors like about Sawara-ku. Fukuoka City Museum and Fukuoka Tower are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Noke Station or Kamo Station to get around the larger area.

Top Hotels in Fukuoka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
3 out of 5
1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
NT$2,005
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street, Canal City Hakata, and Hakata Machiya Folk Museum. Kushida Shrine ...

4/5Very Good! (2,001 reviews)

"Friendly staff, clean room, recommend"…"

Reviewed on 2019/10/24

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
NT$2,369
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tochoji Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marine Messe Fukuoka and Fukuoka Castle. Maizuru Park and Fukuoka ...

4.2/5Excellent! (696 reviews)

"The room is very clean and location is conveniently next to Hakata station"…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/4

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata
Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata
3.5 out of 5
1-17-6 Hakataekimae Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
NT$2,820
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Amu Plaza Hakata and Tochoji Temple. Hakata Machiya Folk Museum and Canal City Hakata are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,032 reviews)

"Really excellent stay in this property. Great amenities provided and superb location. Though room is on the smaller sidd but it is the standard across Japan. Less than 5 minutes walk to Hakata station. The gender separated onsen is really nice and an awesome place to relax after a long dat out. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/8

Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata

Popular things to do in Fukuoka

Ohori Park
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Ohori Park

4.5/5(75 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Ohori Park, a popular green space in Fukuoka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Tochoji Temple
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Tochoji Temple

4/5(28 reviews)

Tochoji Temple is a well-known landmark worth seeing in Fukuoka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome
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Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome

4/5(32 reviews)

Catch an event at Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome during your trip to Fukuoka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Fukuoka Tower
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Fukuoka Tower

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Japan’s tallest seaside tower has a slick observation deck where you can take in 360-degree views of the city or make a romantic visit to the Lover’s Sanctuary.

Momochi Beach
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Momochi Beach

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Momochi Beach, a popular beach in Fukuoka. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Fukuoka City Museum
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Fukuoka City Museum

5/5(10 reviews)

Browse the exhibits at Fukuoka City Museum, a favorite museum in Fukuoka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Reviews of Fukuoka

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Big city, although you go a little outside and it changes abruptly. Transport is basically buses and taxis. Not many trains. It is safe to walk in the night.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 25, 2019

Fukuoka is a nice city! More manageable than Tokyo, but still feels like there is a lot of stuff going on. We liked it.

5/5 - Excellent

Nick

Oct 23, 2019

This city is safe and clean. Admirable one!

5/5 - Excellent

Mark

Oct 22, 2019

Definitely a prefecture to visit as there are many things to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

A nice, safe city with easy transportation.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 21, 2019

Nice city, very manageable. Also good jumping off point for day trips via train to ther locations.

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