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FukuokaJapan

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

4.5/5Wonderful!(330 area reviews)

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

Hakata-ku
Tenjin

Tenjin

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

Unique features of Tenjin include the shopping and restaurants. Make a stop by Tenjin Underground Mall or Port of Hakata while you're exploring the area.

Tenjin
Nakasu

Nakasu

Nakasu is well-liked for many features, particularly its shopping, river views, and restaurants. Though there might not be top sights in Nakasu, consider a stop by Canal City Hakata or Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum, located nearby.

Nakasu
Hakata Ekimae

Hakata Ekimae

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

Hakata Ekimae
Ohori Park

Chuo-ku

4.5/5Wonderful!(130 area reviews)

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

Chuo-ku
Fukuoka Tower which includes interior views

Sawara-ku

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Get to know Sawara-ku and its many features like its beaches and restaurants. You might want to explore sights like Nishijin Shopping District and Fukuoka Tower, and you can jump on the metro at Noke Station or Kamo Station to get around the city.

Sawara-ku

Top Hotels in Fukuoka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is NT$1,927 per night

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 Maizuru Park. Fukuoka Castle and Ohori ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,207 reviews)

"Amazing I’ll stay here every time the pictures don’t do justice. This hotel is amazing all around."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/4

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
5 out of 5
1- 2- 82 Sumiyoshi, Hakata- Ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$3,292 per night

This family-friendly Fukuoka hotel is located on a river, within a 5-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street and Canal City Hakata. Fukuoka Anpanman Children's ...

4.4/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"Really nice hotel. But one thing is not good. 1st floor's smoking room is too much narrow. Please build more smoking areas."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/10

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
3 out of 5
1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
The price is NT$1,446 per night

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal City Hakata and Kushida Shrine. Port of Hakata and Tenjin Underground Mall are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,714 reviews)

"Cleanliness. All staff are courteous except one particular front desk make staff whom I deemed is rude and not friendly to guest."…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/20

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel

Popular places to visit in Fukuoka

PayPay Dome
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PayPay Dome

4/5(33 reviews)

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

Canal City Hakata
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Canal City Hakata

4.5/5(141 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Canal City Hakata, a popular shopping spot in Fukuoka. While in this culturally rich area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Fukuoka Tower
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Fukuoka Tower

4.5/5(49 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.

Ohori Park
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Ohori Park

4.5/5(78 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 culturally rich area.

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. Take in the museums while you're in the area.

Port of Hakata
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Port of Hakata

4/5(37 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Fukuoka with a trip to Port of Hakata. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Reviews of Fukuoka

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

PIA

May 20, 2020

QUIET LAID BACK RELAXING PACE I WOULD GO BACK AND DO OUT OF TOWN TRIPS

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Nice city!

4/5 - Good

ナスラ

Mar 10, 2020

Fukuoka is a very nice city, especially if you like shopping  There are loads of places where you can have fun with your friends but it's more pricey than I expected.

5/5 - Excellent

Christina

Feb 25, 2020

Beautiful city!

5/5 - Excellent

JL

Feb 14, 2020

Fukuoka is an orderly city just like every other Japanese city I’ve been to on this trip.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

I didnt have time to visit every place on my list, I should come again. We liked how downtown is walkable and we enjoyed great food

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