[Kyushu 100] Fukuoka Tourist Spot Top 30
“Kyushu 100″ is the project to introduce the fascinations of 100 spots representing Kyushu chosen by traveler’s review. In order to let you know more fascination of Kyushu beyond 100 spots, we introduce the spots for “Eat” ,”Play” and “Stay” of 7 prefectures in ranking order.
When traveling in Kyushu, you cannot miss Fukuoka Prefecture. In the urban city surrounded by stylish commercial facilities standing lining a street, shrines and temples as well as nature-rich parks are also fit in well in the town, enhancing the fascination of each other. Here are the recommendable Fukuoka’s tourist spots in ranking order you should visit.
Ohori Park (Fukuoka City)
Ohori Park, constructed making good use of the outer moat of Fukuoka Castle, is loved as an oasis in central Fukuoka with a large pond at its center. In the spacious park, there are three divided roads for walking, cycling and jogging. A pleasant park complete with Museum, Cafe, Noh-Theater and Japanese Garden.
Kitakyushu City Kawachi Fuji Garden Wisterias Blossom (Kitakyushu City)
Particularly, the wisteria tunnel in full boom during Golden Week is famous and the wisteria trellis featuring 22 sorts of wisteria is a must-see. During blooming season, many tourists from inside and outside of Japan are visiting here. The autumn foliage in the end of November is also highly reputated for its beauty.
Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History (Kitakyushu City)
The Biggest museum in Western Japan, with the concept of “the evolution and history of life”, is popular among all generations! Abundant displays never make you bored even while staying for a whole day. Especially, you will be astonished by the fossil replicas of dinosaurs, which is worth seeing.
#4 Asahi Brewery Hakata (Fukuoka City)
Located in a convenient place with a 3-minute walk from JR Takeshita Station, next stop from Hakata Station, Asahi Brewery Hakata offers you an inspection/beer tasting for free with an advanced reservation. The restaurant and gift shop inside of the brewery are also popular.
#5 Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine (Dazaifu City)
Dazaifu Temmangu Shrine was built dedicated to the prominent scholar, Sugawara Michizane. In the approach to the shrine, there are so many stalls selling famous sweet “Umegaya mochi”, souvenir shops and restaurants. Within the grounds of the shrine, there is “Dazaifu Yuenchi-Amusement Park” for children’s playground.
#6 Munakata Taisha (Munakata City)
Munakata Taisha Shrine, the head shrine of the approximately 7,000 Munakata shrines throughout the country, Itsukushima Shrine and Shrines dedicated to Munakata Three Goddess, has been venerated since ancient times as housing the God of paths and many visitors pray for nautical and traffic safety.
#7 Nokonoshima Island (Fukuoka City)
With a distance of about 10 minutes by ferry boat from Fukuoka City, Nokonoshima Island allows you to enjoy the sea bathing or camping, and it is also famous as a noted place for flowers. “Nokonoshima Island Park” located on the top of the island is fully covered by the seasonal flowers such as rape blossoms and cherry blossoms in Spring, Sunflowers in Summer, Cosmoses in Autumn and Narcissuses in Winter.
#8 Nanzoin (Sasaguri Town)
The most notable thing in Nanzoin, a special head temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect, is the largest bronze statue of Reclining Buddha in Japan, of which dimensions are impressive at 41 meters in length, 11 meters in height, and weighing in at 300 tons. Five-colored cloth, associated with the five-colored light that appeared when the Buddha achieved spiritual enlightment, adorns the left hand of the statue and people pray holding the cloth.
#9 Shikanoshima (Fukuoka City)
Shikanoshima is known as the land where the Gold Seal that Chinese Emperor Guangwu presented to a local monarch was found. With scattered shrines and monuments inscribed with old Japanese poem, you can feel the history at every turn. Furthermore, it is also recommendable for the drive to enjoy the panoramic view of Sea of Genkai (Genkainada) or Fukuoka Town from a hill, and beautiful beach surrounding the island.
#10 Fukuoka Science Museum (Kurume City)
Based on the theme “Planet Earth”, this museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn about science in an enjoyable way while playing. The exhibitions include simulated experience of activities in the space station, aircraft/ecocar simulation and Cosmos Theater with a projection of more than 10 millions of stars.
#11 Miyajidake Shrine (Kurume City)
Miyajidake Shrine, with the largest sacred straw rope in Japan and the most giant drum and bell in Japan, is the shrine dedicated to the God of Good Business. The shrine conducts the “Tsuitachi Mairi” ritual on the first day of each month when many worshippers continuously visit the shrine all night long.
#12 Hakata Gion Yamakasa (Fukuoka City)
Hakata Gion Yamakasa is annually conducted from 1st -15th July. During the period, a varieties of Yamakasas, floats elaborately decorated for the festival, are displayed here and there in Fukuoka City to boost the festive mood. The festival will reach the climax with “Oiyama” starting early in the morning, at 4:49 am on the 15th, when men’s groups, starting every 5 minutes, compete on the time taken to race along a 5km course carrying the floats on their shoulders. You will be astonished with the scene.
#13 Maizuru Park (Fukuoka City)
Maizuru Park, converted from the ruins of the main enclosure of Fukuoka Castle, is loved by local citizen as a relaxing place. It has a perfect access with only a 15-minute walk from Tenjin, the center of Fukuoka City. As a notable place for cherry blossoms, the park is so alive with people viewing the cherry-blossoms in Spring.
#14 Ishibashi Museum (Kurume City)
The Ishibashi Museum was built and donated to Kurume City by Shojiro Ishibashi, the founder of the Bridgestone Corporation. Japanese Garden surrounded by many seasonal flowers would be ideal for a relaxing walk.
#15 Fukuoka City Subway (Fukuoka City)
As the information map of Fukuoka City Subway is easy to understand, even a tourist can take it without getting lost. The direct access from Fukuoka Airport to the heart of the city is another reason to be popular.
#16 Old Ito Denemon House (Iizuka City)
The former residence of Denemon Ito, one of the well-known coal millionaires and poet Byakuren Yanagihara was built with every luxury during the Meiji Era. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of a blending of Japanese and Western styles such as the art nouveau-style fireplace and the living room with stained glass.
#17 Kushida Shrine (Fukuoka City)
Kushida Shrine, loved by local peole with the nickname “Okushida-san”, is preferably close to the flourishing city area. As the main venue for “Hakata Gion Yamakasa”, one of the three largest festivals in Fukuoka, the elaborately decorated float is displayed throughout the year.
#18 Kyushu National Museum (Dazaifu City)
As one of only 4 National Museums in Japan, Kyushu National Museum displays the exhibitions associated with the history of Japanese culture. It is accessible from precincts of Dazaifu Tenmangu by elevator and moving walkway.
#19 Tenjin Underground City (Fukuoka City)
With 150 shops standing side by side, Tenjin Underground City is connected to the subway station. The townscape, designed with the image of Europe in 19th century, makes you excited while just strolling.
I love Japan for its culture , food and shopping! Not forgetting the people and their hospitality! The underground city is so clean and well maintained! A place not to be missed. It has so many cafes for shoppers to grab a drink and snacks whilst shopping. Review from mariestar
#20 Umi no nakamichi Seaside Park (Fukuoka City)
The extensive leisure park with a ground area of 115 times the size of Tokyo Dome offers visitors a variety of attractions such as playground equipment, bathing place and small amusement park. For the transportation in the huge park, rental bike with which you can enjoy the cycling is recommended.
#21 Mt. Sarakura (Kitakyushu City)
The panoramic night view overlooking from the Mt. Sarakura at 622 meters above sea level is often referred to as “Night View of 10 Billion Dollars” because of its beauty. You can reach the mountain top by ropeway or car.
#22 Tochoji Temple (Fukuoka City)
The first temple built by famous Buddhist priest Kukai (Master Kobo) in Japan was Tochoji Temple. It is full of noteworthy points such as the largest wooden statue of Buddha seated on a pedestal in Japan “Fukuoka Daibutsu” or “Five-storied Pagoda”.
#23 Kaho Theater (Iizuka City)
Kaho Theater, the traditional playhouse opened in 1931 (Showa 6), is still providing a variety of performance as a live cultural property telling the history of stage entertainment for the general public.
#24 Kanmon Kaikyo Fireworks (Iizuka City)
Fireworks Festival displayed jointly in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka and Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi over the channel that separates Honshu from Kyushu. A series of big fireworks in scucession and music fireworks from the Fukuoka side, and huge firework with a diameter of 45 cm and firework on the water are famous.
#25 Marine World Umino-nakamichi (Fukuoka City)
Located in front of Hakata Bay, Marine World Umino-nakamichi exhibits 30,000 marine organisms consisting of 450 different species. A variety of attractions such as popular dolphin and sea lion shows, the large panoramic tank and Sea Animal Island entertains the visitors.
#26 Hakozakigu(Fukuoka City)
Hakozakigu Shrine is one of the three major Hachimangu Shrines in Japan. Known as the venue for “Hojoya”, one of the three major Hakata Festivals conducted in September every year, almost 1 million worshippers are visiting Hakozakigu Shrine surrounded by 700 stalls during the festival period.
#27 Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome (Fukuoka City)
Japan’s first stadium with a retractable roof designed taking a hint from the image of the Colosseum in Rome. The fair view from multiple positions allows the venue to be used for concerts or events beyond baseball games.
#28 Yanagawa River Boat (Yanagawa City)
Yanagawa river boat ride runs slowly in the moats spread in the city district taking approximately 70 minutes. As there are some shops on the water in the middle of the course, you can enjoy cruising with beer or snacks.
#29 Mt. Tenpaizan (Chikushino City)
Tenpaizan at 258 meters above sea level is loved by local people in Fukuoka as the ideal mountain for casual hiking. When Sugahara Michizane was deported to Dazaifu by the government, he climbed this mountain and greeted the sky to persist in pleading his innocence. That is the origin of the name. (Ten=Sky, Pai=Greeting, Zan= Mountain)
#30 Munakata Road Station (Munakata City)
Munakata Road Station boasts of No.1 sales figures in Kyushu. On weekends, there is a long queue of cars waiting for parking. In seeking the fresh sea food from the neighboring fishing port or farm-fresh vegetables, local people also rush here.
Every spot of “Kyushu 100″ chosen by travelers is full of fascination. Now, let’s go and experience 100 spots chosen by travelers!
Ranking method:”Fukuoka Tourist Spot Top 30″ was aggregated by the unique algorithm based on the review evaluations in Japanese posted during July 2015 – June 2016 in terms of Tourist Spots in Fukuoka.