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.

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 stopping a while if you can; if not to experience Fukuoka city’s famed entertainment districts, you also shouldn’t leave without trying one of the best bowls of noodles around in the form of Hakata ramen.

A good day trip from Fukuoka city is Dazaifu. Historically Dazaifu was the administrative center of Kyushu and has a number of significant temples and shrines, including the head Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to the 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 spring ume or plum blossom. The nearby Kyushu National Museum is housed in a spectacular modern building that contrasts with its historic surroundings – it’s Japan’s newest national museum, and one of its most interesting.

Wisteria tunnels in Fukuoka Prefecture

Walk through magical wisteria tunnels at Kawachi Wisteria Garden.

Kawachi Fujien in the industrial city of Kitakyushu is also becoming increasingly popular for its much-photographed wisteria tunnels that reach full bloom during the national Golden Week holiday in May. Tickets need to be booked in advance. If you miss out, you can also see wisteria blooms at Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi prefecture.

Places to visit

The Fukuoka skyline at twilight

Fukuoka

Have fun in friendly Fukuoka.

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.


Dazaifu shrine in Fukuoka prefecture

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Educate yourself.

Fukuoka Yatai food stalls

Fukuoka Yatai

Friendly vibes at Fukuoka's famous food stalls.


Fukuoka Tower among the cityscape.

Fukuoka Tower

Fukuoka's mirror to the sky.

Yanagawa river cruise.

Yanagawa

The unknown Venice of Japan.


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


Hakata Gion Yamakasa Fukuoka

Hakata Gion Yamakasa

A unique Fukuoka spectacle.

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 Castle Ruins

Escape to Edo at this attractive castle park.

Ohori Park

A lovely space for leisure.


Kyushu National Museum

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

Asahi Brewery Hakata

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


Dazaifu

Dazaifu

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

Nanzo-in Temple

Chill with the world's largest bronze Buddha.


Miyajidake Shrine

3 big reasons to visit.

Ukiha Inari Shrine

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Fukuoka Airport

The fourth busiest airport in Japan.


Kyushu rainbow pride

Kyushu Rainbow Pride

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

Other Destinations in Kyushu

Kagoshima, Japan with Sakurajima Volcano.

Kagoshima

Traditional, tropical; mystical, magical, Kagoshima is nothing short of extraordinary.

Mountain Pass in Kumamoto Prefecture

Kumamoto

Between the smoking crater of Mount Aso in the east and the isolated islands of Amakusa in the west, Kumamoto has plenty to keep you enthralled.

Takachiho gorge in Miyazaki Prefecture

Miyazaki

Miyazaki is a mountainous and mango-growing prefecture to rival Okinawa in the tropical paradise stakes.

View over Mount Unzen Hot Spring - Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture Japan

Nagasaki

Looking out to the East, Nagasaki prefecture has long been the gateway between the outside world and Japan.

Beppu, in Oita prefecture, Japan's onsen town

Oita

Bathe in hell (in a good way) in onsen-filled Oita.

Ishigaki island lagoon in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Okinawa

White sand beaches and crystal blue waters, jungles and rare wildcats, centuries of unique native traditions, the birthplace of karate — this is Japan’s very own tropical island paradise.

Rice fields looking out to sea in Saga Prefecture, Japan

Saga

Saga is the smallest prefecture on the island of Kyushu best known for its prized, and pricey, pottery.