FUKUOKA

Fukuoka is a modern city; most of its buildings are new. Historically, it was divided by the central river into two separate cities, Hakata (博多) and Fukuoka (福岡), before their merge in 1889. The main railway station and port are still known as Hakata Station and Hakata Port.
The city has two centres: one in Hakata and one in Tenjin.
…WikiTravel



The Gion area has several historical shrines and Buddhist temples, including the 8th century Kushida Shrine, starting point for the annual Gion-Yamakasa Festival, Tochoji with its 10.8 meter wooden Great Buddha, and Shofukuji, Japan’s first Zen temple.


Visit the ACROS building in Tenjin Chuo Park. ACROS has a rooftop garden which is open on weekends and holidays until 4:00PM, and makes for a good view of the city. The building has a terraced roof that merges with the park and contains some 35,000 plants representing 76 species. Just east of ACROS is the former Prefectural Guest House, featuring turn of the century architecture.


Just northwest of Oyakuko St. is Nagahama, famous for Hakata’s Nagahama ramen, with stalls (yatai) that get set up daily to handle the locals who are proud of their ramen. You will most likely smell it before you see it, and if you want a true Fukuoka experience is definitely worth a look if not a full meal.


Tourists visiting Fukuoka should not miss the beautiful Ohori Park located 2 stops west of Tenjin on the subway. The park has a 2 km jogging track that is popular with locals throughout the year. Also, next to Ohori Park is Maizuru Park, featuring the ruins of Fukuoka Castle and a good view of the city. Maizuru Park is also a popular area for cherry blossoms, usually aroung the end of March to the start of April.


About ten minutes on foot north of Ohori Park is Nishi Park, a hilltop park with quiet walking trails, a shrine, an ocean and city view, and in springtime with over 3000 cherry trees is one of the finest places to see cherry blossoms in Kyushu.


Fukuoka is the home ground of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, check out a game at the Fukuoka Yahoo Japan Dome, which is about 15 mins walking distance from Tōjinmachi Station of Fukuoka City Subway. You can get an outfield unreserved seat for ¥1,000.


Fukuoka tower (福岡タワー) This tower is 234 m and the entrance fee is ¥800, and the view from the tower is magnificent. In Christmas and the Star Festival (Tanabata) on July 7th, this tower is decorated. During the rest of the year the view is best at night time. This is an iconic symbol of Fukuoka. There is a restaurant which commands a ¥300 sitting fee in addition to the meal. The menu is limited and the food is mediocre at best. …WikiTravel

FUKUOKA NEWS

31 Mar

Tokyo is bracing for the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Over the past week, the capital has seen a surge in infections and now has the most cases among the country’s 47 prefectures. (NHK)

19 Mar

The average price of all types of land in Japan’s rural areas rose last year for the first time since 1992, aided by redevelopment projects and improvement in infrastructure, the government said Wednesday.
(Japan Times)

16 Mar

Akiko Yamamoto, a 32-year-old office worker from Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, has a side business: She rents out an apartment in Tenjin, Fukuoka, Kyushu’s largest downtown area, to tourists. (Nikkei)

15 Mar

Fukuoka Prefectural Police tussled with members of a criminal syndicate during a raid of the residence of the gang’s boss in Kurume City on Friday, reports Fuji News Network (Mar. 13). (tokyoreporter.com)

8 Mar

Since the debut of the luxury Seven Stars train on Japan’s southwestern island of Kyushu in 2013, sightseeing trains have drawn renewed interest among travelers. These resorts on rails offer everything from fine cuisine made with local produce to opportunities to meet people along the route. (Nikkei)

3 Mar

As Japan suffers a coronavirus-induced drop in travel, hotel chains are slashing room rates for about 30% of stays during the normally busy early spring season, a Nikkei analysis of online booking sites shows. (Nikkei)

12 Feb

Hall of Famer slugged 657 homers in 26-season career, won 1,565 games as longtime manager
(Japan Times)

12 Feb

Nissan Motor plans to temporarily suspend production at a plant in Japan’s southwest amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
(NHK)

11 Feb

Regular flights between mainland China and at least 13 regional airports in Japan will be completely suspended due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus, airport operators said Monday.
(Kyodo)

8 Feb

The coronavirus outbreak in China is wreaking havoc in the cruise industry, turning luxury Asian vacations into voyages to nowhere as the ships are denied entry at multiple ports. (Nikkei)

2 Feb

The number of people moving into Tokyo and its vicinity exceeded the number of those moving out of the area in 2019 by 148,783, up 8,915 from the previous year for the third consecutive year of increase, according to government data (Japan Today)

28 Jan

Between January 24 and 30, some 700,000 Chinese tourists are expected to arrive in Japan to celebrate the Chinese New Year. (tokyoreporter.com)

27 Jan

A farewell ceremony for Japanese doctor Tetsu Nakamura, who was killed in Afghanistan in December, was held Saturday attended by about 5,000 people paying respect for his longtime contribution to development of the central Asian country.
(Japan Today)

18 Jan

An amazingly affordable way to see Japan and live like a local. (soranews24.com)

15 Jan

Kitakyushu welcomes its first Coming of Age Ceremony of the Reiwa Era in its typical outrageous fashion(s). (soranews24.com)

10 Jan

Japan’s cherry blossoms are its most iconic symbol of spring, and if you’re planning a trip to the country, plenty of people will tell you that the most beautiful time to come is during sakura season. (soranews24.com)

9 Jan

A mother and her boyfriend were found guilty Wednesday of forcing the woman’s 8-year-old daughter into a cold bath on multiple occasions by binding her wrists and ankles. (Japan Times)

6 Jan

Kane Tanaka has extended her record as the world’s oldest person by celebrating her 117th birthday at a nursing home in the city of Fukuoka. (Japan Times)

6 Jan

A female flight attendant for All Nippon Airways (ANA) caused delays in the departures of four domestic flights from Fukuoka Airport after she was found to be over the legal alcohol limit before boarding. (Japan Today)

27 Dec

Japan hanged a Chinese death-row inmate on Thursday convicted of killing four people in 2003, the Justice Ministry said, in the country’s first execution since August. (Japan Today)

27 Dec

An international meeting on people who have withdrawn from society has taken place in Japan. Its aim was to discuss how to support such people and their families.
(NHK)

15 Dec

Central Japan Railway will run 12 of its fastest bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka each hour during high-demand periods starting next spring, up from the usual 10, as newer, faster trains allow for a more packed schedule. (Nikkei)

14 Dec

A court sentenced a former policeman to death Friday for choking his wife and two children to death at their home in Fukuoka Prefecture in June 2017 in a case devoid of confessions or hard evidence. (Japan Times)

12 Dec

The Japanese national rugby team has been honored with a parade celebrating its historic run at this year’s Rugby World Cup. (NHK)

10 Dec

Afghan police said Monday they have detained a total of six men in connection with the shooting death last week of a Japanese doctor who was a well-known aid worker in the central Asian country. (Japan Today)