Useful Information About Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Famous Fukuoka Sightseeing Spots
Must-see Sights in and Around the City!
Canal City Hakata
Canal City Hakata is Fukuoka’s central complex for everything from shopping to gourmet to entertainment. One of the most popular spots in the city for overseas tourists too! The official homepage is updated weekly with tons of valuable information.
Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome
The home of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Also used as the venue for concerts for Japanese and foreign artists and other events. The surrounding “Hawks Town” shopping complex is also sure to have something for everyone!
Tenjin / Daimyo Area
The Tenjin area in Fukuoka City is THE place for people from all over Kyushu to gather. The Daimyo area in Tenjin is especially popular with young people with its wide variety of unique shops. From fancy clothing to delicious food, this bustling area has everything you’re looking for.
Marine City Fukuoka
Shopping complex with many outlet shops. Located in Fukuoka’s popular “Marinoa” area of Nishi Ward, Marine City boasts many seaside restaurants and the world’s 2nd largest ferris wheel in addition to outlet shopping.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Located in Dazaifu City to south of Fukuoka. Well known as the shrine housing the god of educational endeavors, Michizane Sugawara is worshipped here. Visiting during plum blossom season to view the famous plum flowers (the Fukuoka Prefectural flower) is also recommended.
Delicious Food in Fukuoka
Fukuoka is the “Gourmet City”. There is delicious food for every taste in Fukuoka, the home of Myer English School.
The most famous of Fukuoka dishes is Tonkotsu Ramen. There are many ramen shops in the city beginning with the original Hakata Ramen in the Nagahama District. The “Otomisan” restaurant near Myer English School in Hirao is our particular favorite.
There are many long-established Mizutaki restaurants in Fukuoka City where the traditional flavor of the cloudy Hakata Mizutaki is still carried on today. “Mizu Tsuki” a restaurant located in Hirao, near Myer English School, is said to be the origin of the Hakata Mizutaki. The rich taste of the soup is really habit forming!
Motsu Nabe is equally as popular as Mizutaki. It is no exaggeration to say that Hakata’s nabe is Motsu Nabe. “Motsu” is the external organs (excluding the liver). You are able to enjoy the taste of this delicious meal loaded with cabbage and other vegetables in many places in Fukuoka.
The Festivals of Fukuoka
Introducing the Festivals of Fukuoka beginning with Fukuoka City’s nationally famous Hakata Dontaku.
Hakata Dontaku Harbor Festival
The Hakata Dontaku boasts being the most crowded place in the country during the Golden Week period. The young and old, male and female of Fukuoka dance through the city streets wearing all types of costumes and slapping wooden rice spoons. It seems that the roots of Dontaku comes from the Danish word Zondag, which means Holiday.
Hakata Gion Yamakasa
The annual festival of Kushida Shrine located in Hakata Ward having a 750 year history. Elaborately ornamated Yamakasa are on display throughout the city and carried through the city at full speed while shouting “Washoi, washoi!” The “Yamagasa Chase” held on the last day of the festival is a symbol of bravery that should not be missed!
Hojouya is the fall festival of the people of Fukuoka. This festival which has over a 1,000 year history is held at one of Japan’s three main Yahata Temples, Hakozaki-Gu. It’s a lot of fun just visiting all of the outside shops set up along the route to the Temple!
Presented by Myer Language School in Fukuoka