The Fukuoka castle, was built in Fukuoka in 1601, and called Maizuru castle.
A part of stone wall and canal, and the Tamon tower are still left in the figure of those days now.
At the present, the area around the ruins of Castle serves as the Maizuru park, and here is a famous place of the plum and cherry blossom.
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You can easily and cheaply (Y200) rent cruiser bikes from your hotel for the day, and explore.
Girl and I got bikes from Central Hotel.
Toured around Tenjin, explored the Castle/park grounds, and made our way to the beach area, beside Fukuoka tower.
The city is full of cycle paths, and the sidewalks/roadways are made to accomodate bikes. Many places to stop for snacks/drinks.
Great area for riding around. No hills, so the girl loved it.
In the area under Fukuoka tower is a beautiful sandy beach, great for swimming!
There are restaurants and shops there, so no need to bring food/drinks.
If you're up for it, you can pedal from downtown to there in about 20 minutes. Once you get to the general area, you can ride along the sea-wall/pathway.
For lazy fatbodies, you can take a bus to Fukuoka tower and walk to the beach from there.
Before start exploring Fukuoka, no matter what you're doing or where you wanna go.
Please take some times register for the Fukuoka Welcome Card, FREE OF CHARGE. Justpresent your passport at the Fukuoka Convention & Visitor Bureau: 1-10-1 Tenjin and you'll get many discounts on restaurants, shops and other tourist attractions (including Fukuoka Tower and City Museum.)--and here you can also purchase the Subway One-Day Pass for just 500Y/ticket. Also ask for City Visitor's Guidebook, very informative.
From Tenjin Station, follow the sign to Tenjin Omuta line. Buy a round-trip ticket to Dazaifu (780Yen) a historical town, just 30 minutes away from Fukuoka. You need to change for another train at Futsukaishi Station for local Dazaifu commuter train. Maps are available at Tenjin Omuta Line ticket office where you buy the ticket.
After getting off at Dazaifu Station you'll see a line of stores, traditional-style. Just cruisin' down the street, within a sight-distance you'll find Dazaifu's famous Tenmangu Shrine. Take your time stroll around the site before walkin' furthur to Kyoshu National Museum (please read my next comment)....
Easy to bus or bike to, Fukuoka tower offers an excellent view of the area.
There are three observation floors at the top, all enclosed. Pay a small-ish fee to take the elevator up, and you can stay on top for as long as you want.
At the base of the tower are a few shops, a display/museum, and sometimes a monkey man.
The home stadium of Fukuoka Daiei Hawks which is one of the best pro baseball team in Japan.
The Hawks was to compete with Hanshin Tigers the championship of the year in this dome from the very evening I arrived in Fukuoka.
Fukuoka Daiei Hawks has been changed into Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.
Hawks Town enfolds the Fukuoka Dome, a hotel, a live theatre (Zepp) and shopping mall area.
Shopping mall is designed and the shops are attracted mainly for teenage young people.
It maybe a Fukuoka's answer to the Tokyo's Odaiba area.
Shopping, hotel, amusement complex.
This can be a tourist trap for a traveller from some large cities. But definately one of Fukuoka's must sees.
An open market as it is, you'll find many and many shops along the 2 sides of the small lane. This is where you can find lots of cheap Bento and other home-made takeways. Also wide choices of household delicacies, from kitchen products to cosmetics.
Or even if you wanna bet some luck, there're also a couple of Pachinko centers....
Take a subway to Nishijin Station, the market is just less than 5 minutes walk.
Japanese cars are pretty uniquely styled.
Add to that much custom work, and you have weird looking cars that you don't see anywhere else in the world.
Tenjin is a great spot to kick back, grab a Chu-Hi from the local 7-11, and watch all the oddball vehicles (and miniskirts!) cruise.
Pretending to be a Japanese housewife for an hour at the Yanagibashi Market. Fresh fish directly from Japan Sea, see a clam as huge as a 2-y-o kid's head!! Also big, green veggies and colorful fruits (I recommend green melon, lil' expensive but very sweet)
From Canal City Hakata, head South along the Naka River for about 500 meters, the market is on your right. (it might not be very easy to find, but it's worth trying)
Ohori-koen Park is close to center of Fukuoka city and is complemented by a Japanese style garden and the Fukuoka City Art Museum.
You can enjoy walking or jogging around the lake.
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Fukuoka Tower is a 234 m-tall building and the tallest coastal tower in Japan. It has a 123 m observation level.
1. Senior High/Adult - 800 Yen
2. Elementary/Junior - 500 Yen
3. Pre-School - 200 Yen
Opens at 9:30 am till 10:00 pm
1. April - September
Opens at 9:30 am till 11:00 pm
1. October - March
Note : Closed every 2nd Tue and Wed of June and December.
Most of Fukuoka's temples and shrines are in the Gion area and can be accessed from Gion Subway, but we walked to them from Canal City. The most famous and most beautiful is Kushida Shrine.
Kushida-jinja is right next to Kami-Kawabata - a covered shopping street which was once Fukuoka's main shopping street. If you want to walk the whole length of this street, get off the subway at Namasu Kawabata Station exit 5 and walk this covered shopping street all the way to Kushida Shrine.
Kushida Shrine stores some famous Japanese Festival floats. It was a beautiful flower filled shrine with a line of red tori leading to its inari temple, a main shrine, the floats, statues and a fish pond.
Tocho-ji is a Buddhist temple with a huge wooden Buddha statue which is located upstairs in the temple building. It is quite pleasant to wander around the temple grounds.
Shofuku-ji is a Zen temple. It was founded in 1195 by Eisai who introduced tea and Zen buddhism to Japan. The temple building is arttractively located on a pond.
All three sites are within walking distance of each other.