Fondest memory: Fukuoka is a beautiful city, and I mean this in the sense that somebody planned for it to be beautiful. If you have a chance, just go for a walk in one of the business districts. Most business areas that I have seen in my life generally don't have any eye-catching characteristics. Mostly, they consist of skyscrapers, parking lots and a few stratigically placed trees. In Fukuoka, there were many great places to go for a walk. I walked around near the Fukuoka Dome, and there were many green areas and parks. The sidewalks were wide, clean and lined with trees. It was fantastic.
Fondest memory: One of my favorite things about Fukuoka was shaking hands with several stars at the Fukuoka Dome. Whenever somebody famous visits Fukuoka, they have a cast of their hand made, and they mount it outside of the Dome. There must have been over 50 hands, mostly Japanese stars, but their were several notable Western hands their, including Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Simon & Garfunkel. You can shake hands with all of them!
I have reproduced a simple map of Fukuoka downtown area.
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Favorite thing: Nakasu . Bordered in each side by the Naka and Hakata rivers, the small island measuring only 250 meters(820 ft.)east to west and 1,500 meters(4920 ft.)north to south is Western Japan's largest and most bustling entertainment district with approximately 2,500 restaurants and bars.Neon signs reflecting off the Naka river and ambiance to the area where many of the city's movie theaters are also located.
Favorite thing: Locate in downtown Fukuoka, Tenjin Nishi Avenue overflows with unique restaurants,bars,and fashionable boutiques. The northern extension of this street is known as Oyafuko Avenue and is popular with the younger crowd for its abundant discos, inexpensive night spots and restaurants.
Favorite thing: Tenjin Underground Shopping Arcade . With about 100 shops, this underground shopping arcade features top men's and women's fashions,shoes and accessories, books,and traditional Japanese clothing,along with quiet coffee shops and restaurants.The underground walkway,with some twenty exits,connects to several buildings and the city subway making it quite convenient for walking downtown.
Favorite thing: Adjacent to Ohoru Park,are the ruins of Fukuoka Castle which was built by Lord Nagamasa Kuroda in the early 17th century. The main gate and lookout tower of the castle,give us a glimpse if the castle's former grandeur.
Favorite thing: Ohori Park . One of Japan's noted parks,with its beautiful lake,it is said to be a copy of Xi Hu in China. The park was constructed utilizing the outer moat of Fukuoka Castle. Featuring a large central lake of 2 km (1.24 miles)in circumference, Ohori Park is one if the prominent parks in Japan. Within the park grounds are the city's Art Museum,Noh Theater,and Japanese Garden,Located near the city center,this park is popular with citizens as a place for strolling,jogging or boating.
Favorite thing: Marine World . This marine science museum,in,the shape of a seashell, houses some 7,000 marine creatures representing over 230 species.They can be observed in the cylindrical aquarium (the largest in Japan),a walk-through tunnel aquarium or the museum's unique video camera equipped aquarium.Dolphin and sea lion shows van also be enjoyed in an outdoor auditorium seating 2,000.
Favorite thing: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park . Uminonakamichi peninsula,bound on one side by the calm waters of Hakata Bay and on the other by the Genkai Sea,is a nationally managed recreation and resort area comprising 540 hectares (1.334 acres). The amusement area's 100meter (328 ft.) tall ferris wheel,children's play area, six swimming pools,miles of cycling courses and more offer fun for the entire family.
Favorite thing: Sofukuji Temple . Dedicated in Dazaifu in 1241,it was relocated to the present site in 1600,at the time of the construction of Fukuoka Castle. In the large precinct,the Sanmon Gate, formerly the main gate of Fukuoka Castle,and the Buddha Hall,composed of the Hanamiyagura and Tsukimiyagura towers,are the main attractions.
Favorite thing: Yusentei Garden . The former villa of yesteryear's Kuroda clan is now a serene Japanese garden complete with pond, scenic winding paths and two tea houses constructed in the 18th century.
Favorite thing: Kushida Shrine . This shrine is the tutelary shrine for the town of Hakata and was founded in the Heian Era(an era starting in 794 and lasting apporximately 400 years).It is a popular shrine with is the starting point if the Oiyama event geld in July 15,the last day if the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival.Ither attractions include a permanently exhibited straw hat which is covered with decorations and the Hakata Historical Museum.
Favorite thing: Fukuoka City Museum . The museum introduces the history and life of Fukuoka and Hakata,the window through which continental culture was introduced,with the latest audio and visual technology. Aling with the regular and special exhibition rooms,there is a reading room lecture rooms and an experimental study room.The Gold Seal,a designated national treasure,can be found in the regular exhibition room.The gold seal was unearhed in Shikanishima Island in 1784.
Favorite thing: Fukuoka Art Museum . The museum is located in the southeastern port of Ohori Park and art exhibitions of all sizes are usually held.The museum owns varioes art works, including the works of Juan Miro,Marv Chagall,Andy Warhol,local artsts Shigeru Aoki and Hanjiro Sakamoto as well as an impresive collection of Asian contempory art.