Fukuoka is rapidly growing in popularity with
tourists as it is an exciting and cosmopolitan city, making an
effort to attract and entertain visitors. The attractions of the
city tend to be modern rather than traditional or historical and it
is known for its contemporary architecture, its fun nightlife, its
great cuisine and restaurant scene, and its love of baseball.
That is not to say that there are no traditional
sites of interest: Fukuoka has its share of traditional shrines and
temples and two of the best are the ancient Kushida Shrine and the
Shofukuji Temple, the first Zen temple to be built in Japan.
Tourists can therefore enjoy the fine dining, partying, sports
events, and modern amenities of the city with some worthwhile
sightseeing thrown in. The best areas to seek out some night time
fun are Nakasu, Daimyo, and Tenjin.
For culture vultures there are also some good
museums and galleries in Fukuoka, including the Fukuoka Asian Art
Museum. If you want to enjoy some peace and natural beauty in the
city head to Ohori Park or Maizuru Park for some fresh air.
Fukuoka is also a great base for excursions and
daytrips. The ruins of the ancient city of Dazaifu, and the sprawl
of the modern city of the same name, are nearby, and the active
volcano of Mount Aso attracts many visitors to its lush slopes. The
lovely port city of Nagasaki is also within easy reach. Nokonoshima
Island, a beautiful scenic area where visitors can camp, hike, and
swim, is one of the region's most popular attractions.
Shofukuji TempleThe Shofukuji Temple was the first Zen temple to be built in Japan. It was founded in 1195 by the priest Eisai who introduced the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism into Japan from China. The wooden buildings have been destroyed and rebuilt many... see full details
Fukuoka Asian Art MuseumFukuoka's Asian Art Museum is housed in a new complex in the Shimokawabata district of Hakata Ward, in the heart of the city. The museum houses a collection of more than 1,000 works including paintings, sculptures, prints, and handcrafts. It also serves as... see full details
Kushida ShrineOne of Fukuoka's best-known shrines is Kushida, founded in 757. It is situated in the heart of ancient Hakata with a huge gingko tree, said to be 1,000 years old, shading its forecourt. The shrine honours the grand deity, Ohata Nushina-mikoto, and was... see full details