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Since ancient times, Fukuoka has played an important role as a point of trade with mainland China and the Korean Peninsula.
Even today the area is still frequently referred to as the “gateway to Asia,” and welcomes huge numbers of tourists from the continent.
Although Fukuoka has started to gain greater levels of attention, there are still many people who are not familiar with the area.
If you are you planning to visit Fukuoka, but aren’t not sure where to go, or what to do, here are a few ideas!
Looking to do a bit of Sightseeing?
Here are some of the most famous and popular spots to check-out!
Fukuoka Tower has become something of a city symbol in recent years.
Find-out more on their official website:
Known for its bustling atmosphere after the sun goes down, Nakasu is a location where both locals and tourists often go at the end of a night out.
When you speak about Fukuoka, ramen yatai style street stalls are one of the first images that spring to mind! But yatai don’t just sell ramen, you can also find delicious tempura and yakitori dishes served!
The small, intimate atmosphere gives you a great opportunity to strike up a conversation with the person sitting beside you!
Dazaifu Tenmangu is a shrine dedicated to the god of study Sugawara no Michizane, which welcomes huge numbers of visitors every day.
Make sure to stop by if you or anyone close is preparing to take an exam!
Dazaifu Tenmangu official site:
Mojiko Retro is lined with beautiful streets that evoke strong feelings of nostalgia.
The area is filled with a number of historic structures and impressive brickwork buildings.
Mojiko is also known as one of the first places in Japan to start selling bargain priced bananas.
Marine World has recently re-opened after undergoing a major refurbishment.
This aquarium gives you a great feel for the sea that surrounds Kyushu. It’s also a great date spot! Make sure to check it out!
Marine World website:
Yame Central Tea Garden
Just the sight of the lush leaves is enough to soothe your soul at the Yame Central Tea Garden.
It is truly breath-taking to witness wind blowing through fields of tea leaves that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Interested in Sampling Fukuoka Food?
Fukuoka is known for its delicious dishes.
Here are a few local delicacies that you simply have try!
Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen
Hakata tonkotsu ramen is perhaps the most famous to come out of the Fukuoka area!
How do you prefer your ramen? Served with a rich, or light broth?
Hakata karashi metnaiko (spicy marinated pollock roe) is the perfect companion for a whole range of Fukuoka dishes.
Spicy mentaiko served on top of warm rice is sure to get you feeling peckish..
Many tourists buy this delicious snack as a souvenir to take back home.
Motsunabe (hot pot made with offal and vegetables) is a dish that you often find at the centre of a Fukuoka family unit.
Just its presence on a dining table is enough to warm the hearts of Fukuoka locals!
Hakata mizutaki is a tasty, unique dish that is made by dropping pieces of chicken and various vegetables into boiling water one by one.
Be sure to keep checking the flavour of the chicken soup as you add in the ingredients.
Want to Know Where to Shop in Fukuoka?
If you’re out and about sightseeing, you may as well pick-up a few bargains!
Here are few of the best places to go shopping in Fukuoka!
Hakata Station is located right in the center of the city and is hugely popular as a shopping destination.
There are all kinds of fantastic facilities inside the station comples, such as Hakata Hankyu, Amu Plaza, and Tokyu Hands! You could shop all day and still not get bored!
Canal City Hakata
It is no exaggeration to say that Canal City is the most famous commercial shopping facility in Fukuoka!
But it has so many exciting attractions on top of its incredible range of shopping options; including a huge cinema complex, a great selection of noodle choices in the awesome Ramen Stadium, as well as a fantastic gaming arcade!
It’s a fun spot where you will see a lot of young couples out on dates!
Tenjin Chikagai (Undeground Shopping Mall)
Located right below central Tenjin, this underground shopping mall is filled with trendy, fashionable shops!
It’s also a great place to indulge in a bit of retail therapy without having to worry about the weather!
Nakasu Kawabata Shotengai (Shopping Arcade)
A shopping arcade where you can get a real feel for traditional Fukuoka!
At the end of the arcade you’ll find Kushida Jinja (Shrine), which is famous as the famous as the point of Hakata Gion Yamakasa finale!
This shopping area is located right beside Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station.
I got off the Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) station and it was a shopping street soon.
We hope these suggestions have been helpful!
Please have a great time in Fukuoka!