Fukuoka City (福岡) is located in the South of Japan, on the island of Kyushu. It is the biggest city of Kyushu with more than 1.5 millions of inhabitants and it ranks in the top ten most livable cities in the world by Monocle’s Quality of Life survey (2016).
The atmosphere is very peaceful and differs from other cities like Tokyo or Kyoto. Finding tasty food in Fukuoka is easier than finding a French baguette in Paris. This article describes the best attractions of Fukuoka City!
1) Yatai (屋台)
A yatai is a small, mobile food stall in Japan typically selling ramen or other food. The name literally means "shop stand".
The stall is set up in the early evening on pedestrian walkways and removed late at night or in the early morning hours. Fukuoka is one of the last city in Japan where you can find yatai.
Surely one of the best things about Fukuoka, its nightlife is very famous because of the huge number of izakaya, bars, clubs, karaoke and movie theater. The best places to hang out are Tenjin and Hakata.
3) Green spaces
Fukuoka is a green city and has a lot of green spaces to offer. Nature preservation is one of the highest priority of the local government. The most famous park in Fukuoka is called Ohori park (大濠公園) located in the heart of the city.
Kyushu is known for its delicious food throughout Japan. Fukuoka’s most famous dish is called tonkontsu ramen which is a ramen based on pork bones. You can also enjoy other tasty meals like Castella (a sweet rectangular sponge cake) or Mentaiko (spicy fish eggs).
Fukuoka is the home of many festivals like the Gion Yamakasa held each year in July and people come from all Japan to experience this unique and traditional festival.
6) Temples and Shrines
Fukuoka has a lot of ancient shrines and temples which originated from the Heian Period (794 to 1185 AD) . The main importants are the Daizaifu Tenmangu shrine and the Kushida shrine.
During summer time, beaches are the favorite place of Fukuoka’s inhabitants. There is a large range of beaches generally located in the nearby city of Itoshima.
Last but not least, the Hatakaben (Hakata dialect) is one of the most important dialects in Japan. Very famous thanks TV show, it is known to be very cute and pure. And if you meet the love of your heart in Fukuoka just tell him or her ほんにすいとうと (honni suitôto).
Let's go to Fukuoka!
You can access Fukuoka through Hakata station or Fukuoka airport. Fukuoka is waiting for you ! If you like nature, sea, delicious food, and hot springs, it is definitely the place to go. Just go for it and enjoy ! You may end up falling in love with the city and stay more than planned.