rhamen, gyoza, mentaiko, hakatakko...
Japan can be a very expensive country. A pitcher of beer was $20!!
A 3-day retreat for both tranquility and liveliness.
Our hotel package did not include breakfast which was fine because we preferred to travel to Ohori Koen Station and eat out breakfast by the moat. There is a convenience store just across the road from the moat for all your breakfast needs and the girl assistant in there certainly made my day when she asked if I was over 20 when I bought beer as...more
We spent the day travelling to Kitakyushu but decided to visit Ohori Koen in the evening when we returned. We were not sure whether it would be pitch black and desolate or well lit and populated. It turned out to be pleasantly well lit and filled with people either out jogging or for an evening stroll or just enjoying looking at the lighs on the...more
I really relaxed to stay in this hotel. This hotel is typically authentic one. Westren style hotel...more
This is a great capsule hotel located near the train station. It's very nice inside and has great...more
We travelled to Fukuoka on a Dragon Air Holiday. Our first three nights were included in the...more
As with all large Japanese stations, Hakata Station has lots of places to eat. There is an actual restaurant street with lots of plastic food displays and clearly marked prices. We had a tasty meal in the San Marco Curry House which also served draft Sapporo beer (my favourite Japanese beer). If you exit the east gate of the station and go into the...more
There are several coffee shops in Hakata Station (which is a huge new building, containing 229 shops and 46 restaurants). I can't remember the name of this one, but they served a very nice cup of coffee and a piece of green tea roll. Green tea is a popular flavouring for everything from cake to ice cream, but if you are not sure about it, they did...more
On an upper level at Hakata Station is a food court full of noodle restaurants. Many of them have plastic representations of the dishes available, and in some, you select your choice from a vending machine, which prints out a ticket that you then give to the waiter.For 650 yen, you can get a large bowl of very tasty (and very hot!) noodles....more
Nakasu is a entertainment district in Fukuoka-City.At night, it becomes a colorful maze of neon lights, with lamps from yatai (food stalls) along the Naka River providing a charming row of lights. Enjoy the adult nightlife, take a walk by the river, or enjoy a trip on a pleasure boat.more
From Hakata Station it is possible to purchase a Kyushu rail pass either for Northern Kyushu or for the whole of Kyushu. We always purchase the 3 day Northern Kyushu pass for 7000 yen and have used it to go to Kumamoto, Beppu, through Aso, Nagasaki and Kitakyushu.The 5 day pass for Norhern Kyushu is 9000 yen. 3 day pass fo all Kyushu is 14.000 yen...more
Canal City Hakata is a complex commercial facility, is located between JR Hakata station and Tenjin subway station.The facility is composed of an amusement area, shops, restaurants, a cinema, a musical theater as well as hotels.The facility is one of must-visit places, when you come to Fukuoka.[Back to Fukuoka-City]more
Two-hundred and fifty years have passed since Iwataya was founded. It is a well-established and prestigious department store that has a long history and tradition. It is the biggest department store in Kyushu. High end international and Japanese brands are represented at Iwataya. High end men's and women's fashion.more
Before I went to Japan, I read in other travellers' tips and guidebooks that restaurants and hotels could be unpleasantly smoky. This worried me a bit, my ability to tolerate second hand smoke has declined since smoking in public places has been banned in the UK. I need not have worried. Times seem to have changed a bit. We found that hotels had no...more
Cows are the traditional labor of the fields, and therefore a revered animal. They can bring fortune, health and prosperity.It is considered a good look omen to pet the cow, particularly on their heads. There are statues hiding all over the area, mostly at historic points of interest.The photo shown here is outside of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.From...more
Hojoya, is one of Hakata’s three main festivals, held in September in Hakozaki Shrine in Fukuoka-city, and is a celebration of living creature with a history of over 1000 years.Hundred of doves and carp will be released on September 18 in reverence of loving things, and a solemn mikoshi ( shrine) procession take place on the 12th.Most visitors are...more
They are everywhere in Asia, it seems - squatter toilets. For those of you from the West, these can seem like odd entities, and a bit of a pain for you ladies. A few things to know. In Fukuoka, most of the bathroom facilities in public buildings (read: those that were cleaned regularly) were Western style toilets. If you plan on taking in any...more
52 Reviews and Opinions
I consider the Fukuoka Tower as a tourist trap. This tower has been built only for tourists to give them an observation platform.That is a waste of concrete.
Unique Suggestions: Go only there when the sky is clear and have the Fukuoka Welcome card ready. It gives you a small discount.
Fun Alternatives: Enjoy your self at the beach (cloase to the tower)
Luggage and bags:
Fukuoka Airport is conveniently located near the city centre. It is not too difficult to take large bags on the subway as there are escalators. However, I have found a backpack type bag to be far more practical on my many travels from Fukuoka.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Fukuoka is cold in winter but it rarely snows so warms jumpers and a jacket to keep out the cold wind will be fine. In summer it is very hot and humid so cool, loose clothes are the order of the day! Rainy season is worse in Kyushu (where Fukuoka is located) so don't forget a rain proof jacket. An umbrella will be OK but in a typhoon - useless.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Fukuoka is a very big city, anything you may want/need will be here. I don't recommend visiting a Doctor in Japan, usually a trip to a Pharmacist will be Ok as they give pretty good advise about what medicines to take.
Fukuoka Tower is the highest coastal tower in Japan and the highest structure in Fukuoka soaring to the highest 234 meter.The tower has three observation decks; one at 116m, a café/lounge deck at 120m and the highest at 123 metres above the ground. You can see all over the Fukuoka-city from the observation decks.[Overview of Fukuoka-ken]A 10-minute...more
Calligraphy is a traditional Japanese art of skillfully writing Chinese characters and hiragana, the curve Japanese syllabify, with India in and a brush.Fugatei is a Calligraphy studio where Japanese famous calligrapher, Teramoto Issen working there.At the studio, you can make a calligraphy experience and customize your T-shirt with Japanese...more
Grand Sumo Tournaments are held six times annually, and in Fukuoka one of them is held in November. In 2013 season, November tournament is now being held at Fukuoka Kokusai Center from November 10 to 23. The detailed information can be found at http://sumo.pia.jp/en/sumo11.jspmore
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...more
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...more