Region
Kyushu
Island
Kyushu
Largest City
Fukuoka
Population
5,015,666

Fukuoka

The lively gateway to Kyushu and beyond

Fukuoka Prefecture isn't just about partying, but it's a good place to start.

Perched at the northern edge of Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture provides the main access point for visitors coming and going from the island and beyond. Fukuoka International Airport is one of Japan’s busiest, while ferries bound for nearby Korea leave from the International Hakata Port, which also plays an important role in regional trade within the Asia-Pacific.

Dazaifu and Hakata ramen

Fukuoka has played an important role in Asian and International trade for centuries.

Fukuoka has played an important role in Asian and international trade for centuries.

It’s worth visiting Fukuoka City just to stroll through the entertainment districts. You also shouldn’t leave without trying one of the best bowls of noodles in Japan—the famed Hakata ramen.

Top 5 Cafes To Try In Fukuoka

A good day trip from Fukuoka City is Dazaifu. Historically, Dazaifu was the administrative center for Kyushu and there are several significant temples and shrines in the area. The most impressive is the head Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to deified poet and scholar, Sugawara Michizane. 

The temple draws crowds of students coming to pray for academic success and is a gorgeous place to see ume (plum) blossoms in spring. The nearby Kyushu National Museum is housed in a spectacular modern building that contrasts with its historic surroundings. 

Kawachi Wisteria Garden

Wisteria tunnels in Fukuoka Prefecture

Walk under magical wisteria tunnels at Kawachi Wisteria Garden.

Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden in the industrial city of Kitakyushu has become increasingly popular for its photo-worthy wisteria tunnels that reach full bloom during the national Golden Week holiday in May. Tickets must be booked in advance. If you miss out, you can also see wisteria blooms at Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture.

Plan your trip to Fukuoka with the locations below!

Trivia

Top 5 Cafes To Try In Fukuoka

From award-winning beans to Finnish comic book characters, discover Fukuoka's booming cafe culture at these recommended picks.

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Places to visit

Nakatsumiya Shrine Fukuoka

Nakatsumiya Shrine

An ancient structure with beautiful ocean views.

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Hetsumiya Shrine

The first stop of the sacred Munataka Taisha.


Chikuzen Tachiarai peace memorial hall

Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum

Learn about the tragic history of Japan's WWII kamikaze pilots at these two museums in Fukuoka.

Sanatorium Cafe

Taxidermy and tea at this quirky medical-themed cafe and gallery in Fukuoka city.


Daimyo

Where the cool kids hang out in Fukuoka for drinking and vintage shopping.

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Fukuoka

Hakata Gion Yamakasa

A unique Fukuoka spectacle.


Yanagawa river cruise.

Yanagawa

The unknown Venice of Japan.

The beautiful wisteria in spring in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka.

Kitakyushu

Feudalism, festivals and flowers.


Anmitsu Hime Theater

Anmitsu Hime Theater

Drag queens! Comedy! Music! And the Hakata Revue!

Ukiha Inari Shrine

Retreat from the urban hustle and bustle of Fukuoka City by taking a trip to the “Kingdom of Fruits,” where you’ll find an inari shrine (Shinto shrine dedicated to the god Inari)...


Kyushu rainbow pride

Kyushu Rainbow Pride

Come and show your true colors at the biggest pride celebration in Kyushu!

Fukuoka Airport

The fourth busiest airport in Japan and gateway to a beautiful city.


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Miyajidake Shrine

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Nanzo-in Temple

Chill with the world's largest bronze Buddha.

Dazaifu

Dazaifu

Need an escape? Day trip into this iconic Japanese city home to many important shrines and temples.


Asahi Brewery Hakata

Immerse yourself in the world of (and free tour of) Asahi beer!

Kyushu National Museum

See Japan through the lens of Asia at one of Japan's four National Museums.


Ohori Park

A lovely space for leisure.

Fukuoka Castle Ruins

Escape to Edo at this attractive castle park.


tagawa-coal-mining-museum

Tagawa Coal Mining Museum

This former coal mining hub offers an interesting off-the-beaten-track day trip from Fukuoka.

Fukuoka, Japan - March 19, 2016: Tourists are taking picture on the beachside walk of seaside momochi park.

A Kabuki actor on stage. Go behind the scenes at Kaho Gekijou Theater in Iizuka, Fukuoka.

Kaho Gekijou Kabuki Theater

Go behind the scenes at this kabuki institution.

Fukuoka Tower among the cityscape.

Fukuoka Tower

Fukuoka's mirror to the sky.


Fukuoka Yatai food stalls

Fukuoka Yatai

Friendly vibes at Fukuoka's famous food stalls.

Dazaifu shrine in Fukuoka prefecture

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Educate yourself.


Capybara at Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Fukuoka.

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Made for leisure.

Fukuoka Japan - Januari 14th 2014. Kushida-jinja (櫛田神社?) is a Shinto shrine located in Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan. Dedicated to Amaterasu and Susanoo, it is said to have been founded in 757.

Kushida Shrine

The guardian temple of Fukuoka.


Nokonoshima Island Park in Fukuoka

Nokonoshima Island Park

Fukuoka's floating urban oasis.

Fukuoka Tower in Kyushu, Japan

Fukuoka

Have fun in friendly Fukuoka.

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Shisa and Okinawa

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