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

24 Jun

As Airbnb home-sharers in Japan quit the market in droves, following a new law that considerably increases red tape, their search for a smooth exit has brought a surge in new businesses. (Nikkei)

23 Jun

Japan Airlines Co. on Friday kicked off flights of a passenger jet featuring Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters to mark the 35th anniversary of the opening of Tokyo Disney Resort. (Japan Times)

16 Jun

The government has instructed West Japan Railway Co. to investigate why a driver of one of its bullet trains that hit and killed a man did not report any abnormal sound at the time, the transport minister said Friday. (Kyodo)

15 Jun

Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested an elderly man over the stabbing of his nephew in Kurume City on Thursday, reports the Asahi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

15 Jun

A railway company in western Japan has partially suspended operations on a Shinkansen bullet train line, after finding evidence that one of its trains hit a person. (NHK)

5 Jun

Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 23-year-old man for allegedly beating his mother with a hammer at their residence in the town of Oki, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

2 Jun

Japanese police dealt with cases of gruesome animal abuse on Friday as the severed head of one kitten and the stabbed body of another were found at a location in Fukuoka, and a monkey was euthanized in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, after being captured with an arrow stuck in its head. (Japan Today)

29 May

The rainy season appears to have begun in northern Kyushu and Shikoku, the Meteorological Agency announced Monday. (Japan Times)

23 May

The amount of Pacific bluefin tuna stocks rose 10 percent from 2014 to 21,000 tons in 2016, the Fisheries Agency said, citing an estimate by an international organization. (Japan Times)

23 May

Health officials in Japan say as of Monday more than 170 people across the country have been infected with measles. The outbreak began in the southwestern prefecture of Okinawa in March. (NHK)

21 May

Search of suspect’s home revealed 12 whistles, suggesting repeat offenses. (soranews24.com)

19 May

It was a sad day when the Evangelion Shinkansen made its last journey on the rails on 13 May. But where one door closes, another one opens, and that’s exactly what happened this week, as West Japan Railway finally let us all peek inside their new Hello Kitty Shinkansen, which is set to make its debut next month. (soranews24.com)

15 May

The police have started investigating pirate manga website Mangamura for suspected breach of copyright, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji)

10 May

Fukuoka Prefectural Police are hunting for a 72-year-old salesman for the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper after a woman was found murdered in his residence in Fukuoka City, reports TV Asahi (tokyoreporter.com)

9 May

A 40-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in a man’s apartment in Fukuoka, police said Tuesday. The whereabouts of the man, who is in his 70s, remain unknown. (Japan Today)

4 May

The Hakata Dontaku port festival has started in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka. The two-day event is expected to draw about 2 million people.
(NHK)

30 Apr

The likes of Tokyo and Kyoto may still be top of many visitors’ itineraries, but Japan’s tourism industry is changing as more and more people head west in search of new experiences. (Nikkei)

17 Apr

A pair of premium mangoes from Miyazaki Prefecture fetched a record-matching ¥400,000 at the season’s first wholesale auction Monday. (Japan Times)

10 Apr

Unused foreign bills and coins brought home by Japanese travelers as well as leftover yen nestling in the pockets of departing foreign visitors are creating business opportunities at the nation’s airports. (Japan Times)

28 Mar

Land prices in Japan’s three biggest cities and their surrounding urban areas have increased for a fifth straight year. Prices are also starting to rise in the rest of the country, for the first time in 26 years. (NHK)

25 Mar

Two tires of a plane operated by low-cost carrier Peach Aviation Ltd went flat after landing at a southwestern Japanese airport Saturday morning, stranding the aircraft and causing the runway to be closed for over two hours. (Japan Today)

20 Mar

A 44-year-old man was sentenced on Monday to life in prison for the murders of two women at his apartment in Kitakyushu. (Japan Times)

20 Mar

Japan aims to speed space startups toward the final frontier by offering monetary aid from a pool of 100 billion yen (0 million), as well as creating a human resource hub and weighing a legal path for commercial development on the moon. (Nikkei)

27 Feb

Japanese police on Monday searched locations linked to yakuza crime syndicate groups over their alleged organized involvement in simultaneous fraudulent withdrawals totaling 1.8 billion yen from automated teller machines in Japan in 2016. (Jiji)

26 Feb

A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 17-year-old high school girl after he took her to his home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward and kept her there for six days following an online correpondence, police said Sunday. (Japan Today)