Fukuoka Bucket List: Top 17 Best Things to do in Fukuoka, Japan

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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Bridge - Best Things to do in Fukuoka
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Tourist Attractions and Best Things to do in Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is the largest city on the island of Kyushu and it is the fifth largest city in Japan. There are plenty of things to do in Fukuoka which will make you want to come back to the city for another vacation. From modern amenities to the historical side in the forms of temples, you will have many places to see in this city.

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Bridge - Best Things to do in Fukuoka
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Bridge – Best Things to do in Fukuoka

Top 15 things to do in Fukuoka

Explore Uminonakamichi

This is a large sandbar in Fukuoka which makes up the border of Hakata Bay. The highlight of this tour is that you can visit the seaside park which is a riot of color and you will love the sight of the pretty flower gardens and you can also go swimming at the one of the biggest swimming pool in west of Japan which is also at the park and it is called the Sunshine pool. The pool is only opened during the summer but you can visit some other spots like the marine world where you will get to see up to 450 different kinds of marine life.

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Have fun at Momochi Beach

Sunset at Momochi Beach
Sunset at Momochi Beach

This is an artificial beach which stretches for a kilometer and you will get to see the beauty of Fukuoka from here. The beach was constructed on reclaimed land and attached to the beach is an artificial island where you will find numerous shops. You can come to this island when you have your fill of the sun to eat as there are many restaurants here too or you can even go to the ferry port.

Go sightseeing at Yusentei Park

Yusentei Park by STA3816 via Wikipedia CC
Yusentei Park by STA3816 via Wikipedia CC

This park was home to the 6th lord of Fukuoka which was built in the 18th century. At this park, you will see a stunning garden which was built in the traditional style and also the ornate pond. This is a great place to visit if you want to escape the city. You will also get to know more about the history of Fukuoka from this tourist attraction.

Relax on Ohori Park

Activities in Fukuoka - Visit Ohori Park
Activities in Fukuoka – Visit Ohori Park
Ohori Park photo via Wikipedia CC
Ohori Park photo via Wikipedia CC

Although the Fukuoka Castle was torn down during the Meiji restoration, you will still get a glimpse of it at the beautiful Ohori Park. The park is situated in the middle of the Fukuoka and you will love the peace and scenic view of this tourist attraction. The old castle moat was converted into a magnificent park where you can relax and the moat was refashioned to look like China’s west lake and it has three islands which dotted around the water.

Visit the Hakozaki Shrine

Hakozaki Shrine photo by Pontafon via Wikipedia CC
Hakozaki Shrine Photo by Pontafon GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

This is one of the most important shrines in this region of Japan and it was originally destroyed as it was set on fire during the Mongolian invasion of Fukuoka in 1274 before it was then rebuilt. Some of the highlights of this temple is a stone anchor that would have been used by Mongolian ships and the statue of Nichiren who is a well-known Buddhist scholar in Fukuoka that predicted the Mongolian invasion.

Visit the Kushida Shrine

Kushida shrine in Hakata, Fukuoka city, Japan photo by Ponrafon via Wikipedia CC
Kushida shrine in Hakata, Fukuoka city, Japan By Pontafon CC BY-SA 3.0

Kushida-jinja is a Shinto shrine located in Hakata-ku. The shrine is dedicated to Amaterasu and Susanoo and the entire complex is said to have been founded in 757. The Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is centered on the shrine. In the shrine yard, a great symbolic gingko tree grows with two monumental tablets of the Mongolian invasion on its foot.

View the city from Fukuoka Tower

Fukuoka Tower
Fukuoka Tower

This is one of the things to do in Fukuoka as you will get a magnificent view of the city from this tower. Momochi artificial beach is also just close to this tower and from the top of the tower you will be able to see the Genkai Nada sea or you can look inland to Momochi park and other parts of the city. This is among the tallest towers in Japan and it stands at 234m high. You will also love the view of the night lights from this tower and you can take an Instagram worthy picture from here.

Check out the amazing roof garden at ACROS Building

ACROS Building photo by Pontafon
ACROS Building photo by Pontafon

This is situated in the Tenjin Chuo Park and you will get to see an amazing roof garden at this park. You can also get a stunning view of the rest of the city and it is set on a terrace. The garden homes up to 35,000 different plants and they are made up of 76 different species. You can come here in the morning to catch the sunrise but the park closes at 4 pm every day.

Go sightseeing at Sasaguri

Nanzo-in Temple
Nanzo-in Temple

You can escape the city and get spiritual at Nanzoin Temple which is just twenty minutes’ train ride from Fukuoka City. You will find stunning scenery at this small town Sasaguri and you can even go hiking as there are many hiking trails to conquer. You will get to see hundreds of Buddha statue in different poses which looks different from the one we know. The highlight of the tour is that you will get to see 41m long lounging Buddha statue which is a sight to behold.

Go surfing

Surfing in Japan
Surfing in Japan

If you are the adventurous type, this is one of the best things to do in Fukuoka as there are many beaches around the city where you can go surfing in the summer months. During the summer months, the waves are not that big and this is a perfect place for beginner and intermediate surfers to enjoy the water and the sea views.

Go on a boat ride in Yanagawa

Canal in Yanagawa photo via Wikipedia CC
Canal in Yanagawa photo via Wikipedia CC

Yanagawa is one of the places that you need to visit while you are in Fukuoka and you are going to see the reason why it is nicknamed as the Venice of Japan. The highlight of this town is that you can go on a romantic gondolier ride through the waterways. You can also try out some eel which is the local delicacy in this region.

Watch a Sumo Match

One of the cultural highlights of Japan is the exciting Sumo wrestling match, so this is a must to see while you are in Fukuoka. If you are here in November, then you are going to see a lot of this match as this is the prime sumo season. You will also get to see famous sumo wrestlers as the walk around the streets of Fukuoka to promote this amazing sport.

Go sightseeing at Kaho Gekijo Kabuki Theater

If you want to learn about the authentic Japanese culture, then visiting this theater will give you more than you imagine. You will get to go on special tours where you will see the behind the scene sections of the theatre and you can even get to play with props and act out your own scene on the stage. You will get a memorable experience from this tour.

Try out Tonkotsu ramen

Tonkotsu ramen by Yumi Kimura via Flickr CC
Tonkotsu ramen by Yumi Kimura via Flickr CC

Fukuoka is the birthplace of Tonkotsu ramen which is also called Hakata ramen by the locals. Tonkotsu means pork bones in Japanese and it makes up the soup base for this ramen dish. Some other characteristics of this dish are the firm noodles and the pork belly which is served as a topping. Some of the popular Japanese ramen chains originate from Fukuoka.

Tonkotsu Ramen at Hakata Ramen Zen Senshuji
Tonkotsu Ramen at Hakata Ramen Zen Senshuji

I highly recommend that you visit Hakata Ramen Zen Senshuji. This hole-in-the-wall ramen shop is actually my favorite. In fact, I always make sure to visit this ramen shop each time I get a chance to visit Fukuoka. Hakata is a busy area in Fukuoka that is famous for its Hakata-style pork ramen. Hakata ramen originates from Hakata district of Fukuoka city. Hakata-style pork ramen has a rich, milky, pork-bone Tonkotsu broth and rather thin, non-curly and resilient noodles.

Go shopping at Yanagibashi Rengo Market

Yanagibashi Rengo Market photo via Wikipedia CC
Yanagibashi Rengo Market photo via Wikipedia CC

The market is also known as the kitchen of Hakata and this is an early market in Fukuoka which sells fresh seafood and produce. This is a hotspot for both the locals and the tourists and you will get quality products from this market. This is a great place to eat breakfast in Fukuoka as there are plenty of local snacks that you can try out and it is the perfect place to pick up a metaiko which is a specialty in Fukuoka.

Go shopping at Canal City

Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka photo by FlyingToaster via Wikipedia CC
Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka photo by FlyingToaster via Wikipedia CC

This is the biggest shopping center in the prefecture and this is a must-see if you love Asian architecture. The mall homes a 13 screen cinema, more than 250 shops, and a wide range of restaurants and it has an artificial canal which runs in the middle of it. You will love your time here as it looked like you jumped out of a science fiction anime.

Fukuoka area is a little friendlier and casual than Tokyo and it attracts a lot of tourist due to its many attractions which you can visit. You will surely have more on your hands in this city.

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