Momichi is a modern man-made beach area with a boardwalk and artificial beach. The Italian-styled Marizon complex contains cafes, shops and the terminal for the ferry to Marine World Uminonakamichi (15 minute ferry ride) as well as a wedding venue. It reminded me slightly of Portmeirion in Wales, with the artificial Italian architecture.
At the Momochi seaside park there are three wind turbines. Inside the nearby beach house (a building with toilets and a range of refreshment vending machines) you can use the power generated by the turbine to charge up your mobile, including iPhones.
The City of Fukuoka is actively promoting the robotics industry and works with venture companies in robot-related businesses to promote the industry at Robosquare, where you can see free demonstrations of robots.
Opening hours are 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (closed 2nd Wednesday of month, except Jan, July, Aug and Dec).
There are shows (10 mins duration) on weekdays at 11.00 a.m., 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. and four at weekends (11.00 a.m., 1.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m.)
We saw a demonstration by a geisha robot and another robot that handed out free packs of paper tissues. We also had a chance to play with Aibo, the robot dog, and Paro, the therapeutic robot seal.
There are also robot-building classes and other events - see website for details.
I have no interest in baseball but we arrived at this stadium when the crowd were pouring out at the end of a Soft Sea Hawks game. The atmosphere was great, everyone was dressed up in their team colours, some people went as far as wearing an actual hawk on their head. The team song was being played and team souvenirs were on sale. There are models of hands of famous visitors to the stadium, most were Japanese but I also saw Phil Collins and Billy Joel. There are life sized posters of the team. On a return visit we might try and watch a game here, it all looked great fun.
Get here by taking the subway to Ohori Koen Station and taking exit three. Ohori Koen is a large park centred around a large lake. A trip here can be easily combined with a visit to Fukuoka Castle ruins in nearby Maizuru Park.
There is a cafe in the park and a little food store. (A cheaper 7-eleven is located across the road.) In this park you can walk, cycle or jog around the lake or cross the bridges and stroll down the islands in the centre of the lake. There is a Noh Theatre, an Art Museum and an entry charge Japanese gardens here. It is also possible to hire a boat and go for a sail around the lake.
This shrine was at the bottom of Maizuru Park so although it was not on our to do list we popped in and had a look. There was a Shinto wedding ceremony going on inside when we visited.
We also enjoyed watching the children pester their grandfather's for 100 yen coins so they could buy bird food from the bird food dispenser and feed the pigeons.
Fukuoka Tower is located at the center of the Waterfront area 'Seaside Momochi'.
It was built in 1989 as a monument of the Asian Pacific Expo (Yokatopia).
The 234m high tower is covered with 8000 half mirrors and is the tallest seaside tower in Japan.
You can see Fukuoka city from the observation platform at 123m.
All necessary information like travel advice, business hours, admission fees and even an e-coupon to receive a special discount of admission can be found on the webpage.
Dazaifu, found southeast of Fukuoka is the ancient capital of the area.
It is easily found (within 30 minutes) of Fukuoka and can be walked leisurely during a day. There are countless little shrines, temples, Museums, sites of ruins and local architecture to absorb.
The most common and easiest to access would be:
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
Komyonzenji Temple (one of my favorites)
Kyushu National Museum (see separate tip)
The temples and shrines are free to visit.
Information, map and details on all of Dazaifu can be found in the web link given below.
Kashii-kaen is an amusement park on the theme of a flower.
Many beautiful flowers can be seen through one year.
1) Tulips : from the middle of March to the beginning of April
2) Roses : from the beginning of May to the beginning of July, and from the middle of October to the end of November
3) Pansies : from the end of December to the end of April
4) Azaleas : from the middle of April to the end of May
5) Buttons : from from the middle of April to the beginning of May, and from the middle of October to the end of November
6) Cherry blossom : from the end of March to the beginning of April
7) Begonias : from the beginning of May to the end of November
8) Salvias : from the middle of May to the end of November
9) Marigolds : from the beginning of May to the end of November
Admission fee : 500 yen an adult
Fukuoka City Theater is located in Canal City Hakata, and is the first permanent theater operated by Shiki Theater Company.
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Canal City is described as a 'city within a city'. The complex is a shopping and entertainment complex, and includes shops, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, two hotels and a canal, which runs through the centre and occasionally has a good 'dancing fountain' show.
The 5th floor houses Ramen Stadium, well worth visiting to try the local noodle speciality
Fukuoka Dome is a huge stadium located next to Fukuoka Tower on the waterfront. It is home to the Daiei Hawks, one of Japan's best Baseball teams.
It is possible to visit the dome anytime although definately better for a game! I don't like baseball but I went once just to soak up the atmosphere.
The dome itself is as much an attraction as the pro-team it houses. It was the first ever retractable roof arena ever built in Japan. The dome is also used for other sporting and cultural events (concerts) throughout the year.
I personally would opt for the tour to Dazaifu, even if it is further from the port and getting there will be somewhat more time consuming. However, the Tenmangu Shrine is one of the most important historically in Japan, although the building itself is not really impressive. On the other hand, the Kyushu National Museum is housed in a stunning modern building with nice collections related to Japanese history, culture and crafts. I imagine the tour will also include a visit to the Komyozenji Temple, as it is really close to those attractions, and its zen rock and moss garden is really beautiful.
The Yusentei Garden is a nice Japanese garden, but there are many others which are larger and more interesting. The same goes for the Kushida Shrine. They might be of interest to you if you have not visited other Japanese Gardens or shrines, though. I have not been to the Hkata Machiya Folk Museum.
Enjoy your trip.
The Marine World Uminonakamichi is located on a narrow strip of land on the northern suburb of Fukuoka. There are daily performances by trained seals and dolphins which attract large crowds especially on weekends. The aquarium is home to 20,000 marine organisms of 350 species. In the panoramic water tank, which is one of the largest in the world, swim sharks that measure up to 3 meters in length.
This is a trendy area with restaurants and shops. The wharf is a terminal for ferries to and from Shikanoshima Island and other islands in Hakata Bay. Bay cruises as well as the ferry to Uminonakamichi Sea World depart from here.