Fukuoka is a great city for people to discover who is new to Japan this is because it is easy to get around and if you stay in a Fukuoka hotel in the city you will never be far from a metro station and the trains are connected to almost every major attraction. The metro is relatively easy to navigate and cheap, although many people cycle and this is another good way to see the city in the open air.
As you ride the subway or cycle through the city, here is a guide to the top ten Fukuoka attractions.
1. Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
The main shrine in Fukuoka and stands alone behind Kyoto’s Kitano Tenmangu Shrine as the most important in all of Japan. Dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, an infamous scholar now celebrated as the god of scholars and culture, Teman Tenjin. The sanctuary’s grounds have 6,000 plum trees, and this is the ideal place to bloom about a month before the cherry blossom season. The shops around the shrine sell all kinds of good luck charms and the site is popular with students who come to pray for Michizane for good luck during their exams.
2. Fukuoka Tower
A building with an iconic status that is beautifully present in the skyline of Fukuoka. The tower has an impressive 234m, is built with 8,000 mirrors, and cost $ 60 million to build. For anyone who wants a spectacular view of the city, the observation deck offers just that and is located at 123m. There is also a cafe serving food and the deck offers a 360-degree experience.
3. Kyushu National Museum
A huge building and visitors can walk there from the Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu. Inside are hundreds of exhibits featuring Japanese culture and important artifacts from history. There are only three others in Japan in Tokyo, Nara, and Kyoto, which makes the museum all the more special.
4. Canal City
A shoppers paradise and the building itself is quite unusual with bright pink colors and a downtown canal with a water show at various times of the day. Design labels hang with the most fashionable Japanese designs in about 250 stores, and restaurants are abundant for shoppers craving the five-store levels.
5. Momochi beach
When it’s hot and the sun is out, try Momochi beach for a swim and Maruzon pier has some good restaurants and shops if the heat gets too high.
6. Ohori Park
Popular with locals for its pretty pond in the middle and the 2km long track on the outside where people often jog or take a stroll when it gets too crowded in the city.
7. Hakata district
Hakata, formerly a separate city, was joined in 1889 with the castle city to make Fukuoka. There is much to see and do in the district, including the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, which provides an insight into what life used to look like. To get a taste of Fukuoka, street vendors here will set up food stalls called Yatai at night that serve excellent food and the Hakata Ramen is a dish to try for sure.
8. Tenjin district
Another shopping mecca with two large department stores in Mitsukoshi and Daimaru. There is also an underground mall connecting to the metro, and the Daimyo area has many, many trendy boutiques.
9. Shofukuji Temple
The very first Zen temple in Japan when it was made in 1195. Since then, it has been damaged by fire and needs to be rebuilt, but the Zen principles always remain.
10. The dome
A must for baseball fans as the folks at Fukuoka go crazy for their local team the Softbank Hawks when playing in the Dome. Games in the stadium are inexpensive and cost around 1,000 Yen to sit in the outfield.