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Fall, fun, feast at Fukuoka

Why should you visit Fukuoka? Fukuoka is Japan’s sixth biggest city, known for its food, festivals, temples, and about everything a traveller would want to visit. Fukuoka’s festival schedule is packed all year. Any time of year, you may visit a variety of places, including streets lined with greenery, blossoming flowers, and festivals that honour hereditary traditions as well as newly formed music festivals and sporting events.

Here’s a rundown of some of the fun things to do in Fukuoka:

  1. Nakasu nights

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Nakasu is a narrow strip of land sandwiched between two rivers. Street cuisine, parties, cocktails, karaoke, and neon lights are all available here. Along the Naka River, the area is famed for its yatai booths. The exquisite street cuisine at the comfortable tiny sidewalk restaurants is famous across Japan, and not only foreign tourists come here to sample it. With 8-9 seats, this little booth appears to be a small structure. The major dishes served at these yatai booths are Hakata Ramen, Yakitori (grilled pork skewers), and Oden (vegetables, tofu, eggs etc. cooked in Dashi broth). Other intriguing meals, like as yaki ramen (fried ramen), are available.

 

  1. Enjoy the view from Fukuoka Tower

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Fukuoka Tower is the highest structure in Fukuoka and Japan’s tallest coastal tower. It is one of Fukuoka’s most recognisable skyscrapers, commanding the skyline near the western extremity of the city’s shore. The 234-meter-tall Fukuoka Tower includes three viewing decks, the tallest of which is 123 metres high, providing tourists with spectacular views over Fukuoka City and the prefecture beyond. The observation decks of the tower are said to be free on your birthday.

 

  1. Hakata Ramen

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Fukuoka is noted for having some of Japan’s greatest ramen. Hakata’s ramen, named after Fukuoka’s major district, has dominated much of the worldwide ramen boom. No, there are none. You may taste Hakata style ramen, which consists of a thick pork broth served with thin pork pieces. Getting a nice, hearty bowl of ramen is quite soothing.

  1. Ohori Park

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    Fukuoka has a variety of major public parks that are well worth seeing. hori Park (hori-ken), a recognised scenic beauty spot just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre, is one of the most popular.

This wonderful water park was constructed in 1929 and is a treat to explore, taking its name from the massive man-made lake around which it is based – previously the moat of Fukuoka Castle.

Ohori Park is one of Fukuoka’s largest parks, and it’s the ideal place to find peace and quiet during your autumn visit to Japan. It’s in the Chuo area, and because of its vastness, it’s easy to locate a secluded spot surrounded by fall foliage all to yourself. If you want to see the Fukuoka fall leaves in all its grandeur, this is the greatest viewing place in the city. It’s also a terrific spot to take the whole family in the fall, with a playground, Japanese garden, traditional arts theatre, boathouse, and even a museum.Best of all, there is no admission fee to the park. Pick up some typical fall street food, like as roasted sweet potatoes or Kuri-Manju, a sweet pastry loaded with chestnuts or chestnut paste, to eat on the journey.

 

  1. Tenjin clubs

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Oyafuko-Dori in Tenjin is the epicentre of Fukuoka’s club scene. “Disrespectful kid street,” as Oyafuko-Dori is literally translated. It has attracted nightlife due to its unusual moniker.

 

  1. Gokoku shrine

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Fukuoka’s communal life revolves around a woodland shrine near the ruins of Fukuoka castle. The area surrounding Gokoku Shrine is spacious and open. It is unmistakably distinct from the typical Japanese shrine. Typically, the Gokoku shrine is a site where people come to pray for their families and safety. Apart from the shrine structures’ unusual golden colour, Gokoku is also notable for its large wooden torii gate. The Obon Mitama Matsuri is held at the Gokoku Shrine in Fukuoka. Obon Matsuri is a Japanese tradition in which you honour your ancestors’ spirits once a year. 6000 lanterns are lighted during the festival to signify the fallen souls to whom the shrine is dedicated.

 

7. Fukuoka styled udon

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Udon noodles are a popular hot dish that can be found in restaurants throughout Japan. In the winter, it’s a substantial, cozy dish. Udon in Fukuoka, on the other hand, is known for its delicate texture. A bowl of udon usually costs between 500 and 800 yen, making it one of Japan’s cheapest meals.

Udon Taira is an excellent spot to try this in Fukuoka. It’s a small udon specialty store managed by a family that’s roughly a 6-minute walk from Hakata Station. The tempura and freshly cooked udon noodles are created right in front of your eyes. The noodles are perfect, a little softer but still chewy. There is always a long wait in the front, and the place is always full of people.

Alternatively, try Maki-no-udon, a prominent udon chain with locations around Fukuoka. The noodles will absorb the broth and grow softer and softer, nearly eliminating the need to chew while eating.

  1. Japanese sweets

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    Japan is known for its handcrafted sweets, and there are various stores providing a range of traditional Japanese sweets. Only in Fukuoka can you find a few unique and trademark Japanese sweets. When you visit Fukuoka, you will be tempted by these lovely sweets. The following are a few of the wonderful desserts that are suggested for you to eat in Fukuoka.Don’t forget to try some of the Japanese sweets that have appeared in town on the roadway leading to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. Umegae Mochi is a delicious mochi-wrapped dumpling filled with red bean paste. This traditional delicacy is best served hot from the grill, but it may also be purchased in bulk as a keepsake.

 

 

9. Try Motsunabe

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Motsunabe, like hakata ramen, is a traditional Fukuoka dish and one of the nicest things to eat in the city. It’s a nabemono, or Japanese hot pot, meal prepared with beef or pig offal, cabbage, garlic chives, and champon noodles cooked in a small pot on your table.

10. Fukuoka Art Museum

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The Fukuoka Art Museum (Fukuoka-shi Bijutsukan) houses a vast collection of Japanese paintings and crafts, as well as pre-modern Korean arts and crafts and a number of important Western paintings and prints. The museum also has a large collection of ancient Persian glassware, as well as paintings and applied arts from China, Korea, and Japan.

Salvador Dali The Madonna of Port Lligat is one of the museum’s most notable modern pieces, and there are also works by Andy Warhol and contemporary Japanese artists like Fujino Kazutomo on display. There are tours offered in English.

11. Nanzoin Temple and the Reclining Buddha

Nanzoin Temple and the Reclining Buddha
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The Nanzoin Temple is located 15 kilometres east of Fukuoka. It receives about a million pilgrims and visitors each year, making it one of the prefecture’s most frequented (and important) Buddhist shrines.

The gigantic bronze statue of the Reclining Buddha (Nehanzo or Shaka Nehan), constructed in 1995 and believed to be the world’s biggest bronze statue, is clearly the main attraction (if the statue of Liberty in New York were laid down beside it, the Buddha would be longer).

The delightful trek to the site from the tiny town of Sasaguri over a shaded hillside trail, which is clearly marked and known for its many smaller Buddha statues, as well as its lovely streams, bridges, and gardens, is as intriguing as the temple and statue.

The famed wooden Buddha at Tch-ji, Kyushu’s oldest Shingon temple, is well worth seeing (it was founded in AD 806). Both temples are particularly popular in the fall, when the changing colours turn the hills surrounding them a bright shade of crimson.

  1. Wedded rocks

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The Married Couple Rocks, also known as Meoto Iwa, are two rocky stacks in the sea outside Futami, about an hour’s drive from Fukuoka. Worshippers at the nearby Futami Okitama Shrine believe the rocks sacred because they are connected by a shimenawa (a thick rope made of rice straw). The rocks, according to Shinto, symbolise the marriage of the creator kami, Izanagi and Izanami. As a result, the rocks commemorate the joining of man and woman in marriage. The 40-kilogram rope is changed out multiple times a year in a unique ceremony.The bigger rock is considered to be the husband rock because it has a little torii on its pinnacle, whereas the smaller one is said to be the wife rock because it has no torii. One of the most popular sights, these connected stones may be combined with a tour of some of the peninsula’s best beaches and cafes.

 13. Fukuoka castle ruins

Fukuoka castle ruins
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The remnants of Fukuoka Castle may be seen at Maizuru Park, which was called for the castle’s nickname, Maizuru Castle. Fukuoka Castle was the largest castle in Kyushu during the Edo Period, but it was nearly totally demolished following the Meiji Restoration as an undesirable emblem of the feudal past. Only a few towers and destroyed walls survive now, and the park draws tourists with walking paths and a few vantage spots.

14. Kawachi wisteria garden

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Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a private garden located in the forested hills south of urban Kitakyushu and is known for its wonderfully exhibited wisteria blooms. The garden is available to the public during the wisteria season, which runs from late April to early May, and during the maple leaf season, which runs from late October to early November.

Two 100-meter-long tunnels built of wisteria trees of various types and hues, ranging from white to dark purple, are the garden’s most noticeable features. In addition, there is a grove of big wisteria trees that make a massive ceiling of hanging blooms. The top of the hillside garden has a lookout with beautiful views of the sea of wisteria blooms and the adjacent valley, which is also known for its bamboo groves.

 

15. Nokonoshima Island flower park

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This beautiful island is located in the midst of Hakata Bay.

Nokonoshima Island Park is a 150-thousand-square-meter natural park located in the northern section of Nokonoshima Island. Throughout the year, the park is brimming with flowering flowers such as cherry, broccolini, and cosmos.

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