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

12 Apr

As a country that still stands behind fairly rigid gender roles, Japan has a long way to go in granting its LGBTQ citizens equal rights. Same-sex couples, for example, are still fighting for their right to get married in Japan, and many in the LGBTQ community experience discrimination and exclusion from society on a daily basis. (soranews24.com)

20 Mar

The average price of all types of land in urban areas rose last year for the first time since 1992 as the growing influx of foreign tourists rejuvenated real estate investment, the government said Tuesday.
(Japan Times)

15 Mar

For idol singer fans in Japan, the biggest event of the year isn’t the release of a single or opening of a concert tour, but the AKB48 General Election. (soranews24.com)

12 Mar

Fukuoka Prefectural Police have arrested a 45-year-old man over the fatal stabbing of his former employer at the victim’s residence in Fukuoka City’s Minami Ward last month, reports the Sankei Shimbun (tokyoreporter.com)

11 Mar

Kane Tanaka, a 116-year-old Japanese woman in the southwestern city of Fukuoka, has been recognized as the world’s oldest living person, Guinness World Records said Saturday. (Kyodo)

22 Feb

A mother and her boyfriend were arrested Thursday for allegedly injuring the woman’s 8-year-old daughter by binding her wrists and forcing her into a cold bath at their home in Fukuoka Prefecture last month, police said. (Japan Times)

17 Feb

When Chie Takaiwa struck up the courage to reveal a family secret to her colleague some years ago, she was met by an unexpected response.

(Japan Times)

8 Feb

A 16-year-old female high student has been arrested for extorting a man she met while engaging in papakatsu — the practice of a sugar daddy paying young girls in exchange for having dinner and dates.
(Japan Today)

6 Feb

Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologised for saying childless people are to blame for the country’s rising social security costs and its aging and declining population. (smh.com.au)

31 Jan

In a first for Japan, the city of Chiba held a ceremony Tuesday to issue certificates recognizing the partnerships of sexual minority and common-law couples. (Japan Today)

6 Jan

Heavy snow has forced cancellation of flights to and from Hokkaido, keeping holidaymakers from leaving the northern main island amid the peak of the “U-turn rush.”
(NHK)

3 Jan

An earthquake shook southwestern Japan on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami watch was lifted within an hour. (Japan Today)

17 Dec

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has revealed that the government plans to open about 100 support centers for foreign workers across Japan.
(NHK)

16 Dec

Rino Sashihara, a leading Japanese idol singer, will leave the all-girl musical group HKT48, an affiliate of the country’s entertainment giant AKB48, next year, she said Saturday. (Kyodo)

30 Nov

Cases of syphilis infections this year totaled 6,096 as of Nov. 18, exceeding an annual amount of 6,000 for the first time since 1970, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Wednesday. (Japan Times)

30 Nov

A 31-year-old man in southwestern Japan was referred to prosecutors on Thursday after sharing on Instagram videos of him drift driving that he had his elementary- school-age son and others take, police said. (Japan Today)

23 Nov

Officials at Japan Airlines apparently started asking passengers on an overbooked flight if they were willing to take other planes only about 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
(NHK)

3 Nov

Two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets came into contact during a training exercise, but the pilots were unharmed.
(NHK)

31 Oct

Police in Fukuoka said Tuesday that a 43-year-old Sri Lankan man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a taxi and reckless driving resulting in injury by crashing into a car as he fled from police. (Japan Today)

28 Oct

This year’s first shipment of Beaujolais Nouveau wine arrived at Haneda airport on Saturday morning. Importer Suntory Wine International said 3,024 bottles arrived on a JAL flight at 5 a.m. (Japan Today)

28 Oct

The winner of Game 1 of the 2018 Japan Series was, well, nobody. (Japan Times)

8 Oct

American DJ David Morales was arrested Sunday at Fukuoka Airport on suspicion of smuggling drugs from Hong Kong, local police said. (Japan Times)

5 Oct

Kyoto has topped a ranking of major Japanese cities as measured by criteria such as livability and economy, according to a survey by a think tank affiliated with major real estate developer Mori Building Co.
(Japan Times)

21 Sep

Four women in their 20s were found dead Thursday in an apartment room in Fukuoka Prefecture, police said. (Japan Today)

15 Sep

The nation’s centenarian population hit a record-high of 69,785 as of September, with women accounting for 88.1 percent of the total, amid medical advances and greater health consciousness, the health ministry said Friday. (Japan Times)