Fukuoka is the largest city on Kyushu Island, with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. This city has a rather rich history, as an entry point for Mongolian invasions in the 13th century and a link with China and Korea on the other side of the sea. The town of Fukuoka as it is known today was founded in 1889, following the merger of the historic Fukuoka (lordly town of the Kuroda clan) and the neighbouring town, Hakata (trading town), separated in two by the Nakagawa River.
Located between the Genkai Sea and the mountains, Fukuoka offers a great diversity of landscapes. To visit the city, the best season is autumn: the climate is cool and the typhoon season is already over. The city is well served from Tokyo or other major cities by Shinkansen, but also by air since its airport, Fukuoka Airport, is the largest in Kyushu, and it connects the island to all of Japan, Asia, but also to some European destinations!
The main tourist attraction of the city is Fukuoka Castle and its park, Ohori Koen. It was rebuilt in 1950-1960 and its stone turrets and ramparts can still be seen.
The best way to discover the history and traditions of Fukuoka during a stay there is to visit the Hakata Machiya Folklore Museum. Other attractions that cannot be ignored to immerse yourself in the city’s culture are the Hakata-za and its Kabuki performances, or the Kokusai Centre and its sumo competitions. As for the Tenjin district, it is more commercial, and it is also where the skyscrapers housing offices are located.
Both locals and tourists also enjoy taking a boat to visit the surrounding islands, including Nakasu; or spending a day on one of the artificial beaches.
The best view of the city can be observed from the 234-metre high Fukuoka Tower.
Fukuoka’s cuisine is renowned throughout Japan and even the world: indeed, it is from here that the famous noodle broths called ramen come.
Finally, the city of Fukuoka also hosts many festivals that are worth a visit, including Hakata Dontaku (May 3-4), or Hakata Gion Yamakasa (July 1-15). The opportunity to discover the popular but also traditional culture of Kyushu Island and Japan in general!