Last week, I had a short 2-day trip to Fukuoka with my friends. Although it’s not my first time to this most populous city of Kyushu area, Fukuoka surprises me every time with its charming and beauty. If you have a chance to visit Fukuoka, here are 7 things you definitely should try.
With the history of more than 1000 years, Motsunabe is a Hakata’s well-known specialty dish. It’s a kind of hot-pot made of beef or pork offal (mostly beef intestines), lots of veggies like cabbage and garlic chives, and filled with soy sauce based soup. It is the perfect food to eat during cold weather.
The restaurant where I ate Motsunabe is called Rakutenchi. It’s a small yet one of the most famous places for this dish, so you should check it out!
Address: 2-5-23 Hakataekimae, Hakataku, Fukuoka
It may look kinda “too green”, but it tastes better than it looks.
During my trip to Fukuoka Prefecture, I had a chance to visit the two most famous shrines there which are Dazaifu Tenmangu and Kushida Shrine.
Dazaifu Tenmangu is located in Dazaifu city, and it is one of the main shrines in Japan dedicated to Tenjin- the “God” of literature and scholarship. The shrine is very large and includes several structures, so it would take you around 1 hour to visit all the places.
On the contrary, Kushida shrine is located right in the center of Hakata, and since it is a village shrine, it is much smaller than Dazaifu, and this spot will only take you 20 minutes to visit. As the oldest shrine in Fukuoka city, it attracts lots of foreign tourists so you can get the information sheet and even the omikuji (paper fortunes) in English.
3. Canal City
My favorite place for shopping in Fukuoka!
Canal City is a major shopping complex at 2.5 million square feet, including about 250 shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, game center, theater, etc. It even has a canal flowing inside (which explains its name), and a large fountain that has a water show every 30 minutes.
Because the mall is so large, it may take you a whole day to discover everything. If you come to Canal City before May 18th, you can also enjoy the 3D projection mapping show with the popular anime “One Piece” theme, which is quite epic you won’t want to miss it.
4. Ohori Park
A beautiful scenery park with a large lake., many trees and resting spots. Local people come here to exercise, run on the track around the lake, or their dogs for a walk or simply go sight-seeing.
Although it’s a famous spot in Fukuoka, everyone there is so quiet so the atmosphere is always peaceful and dreamy, and the natural scenery is beautiful as a picture. You can also pay 190 yen to visit a Japanese garden in the park, which worths the money I believe.
5. NHK Fukuoka
As some of you may know, NHK is the Japanese national public broadcasting organization. It has a kind of “museum” in Fukuoka, which is located very near to Ohori Park.
You can visit the studio of some TV shows, collect the stamps of NHK mascots, see the gallery about the history of NHK, and even experience becoming a news reporter and get on the air! Even if you can’t care less about Japanese TV, you will have a lot of fun there and you know what’s the great part? It is free of charge!
The model of a news studio where you can get on-screen for real
Of course, no one visits Fukuoka without trying the well-known Hakata Tonkotsu ramen. The broth of Tonkotsu ramen is made by melting out the pork bone, which gives it a strong and unique taste.
Hakata is known as the best place in the country to enjoy this food, and you can find ramen shops anywhere there. Two places I would recommend are Ramen Stadium on the 5th floor of Canal City, where you can try different types of ramen from different locals in Japan or Ippudo Ramen in Amu Plaza (Hakata Station).
7. Line Friends Cafe and Store
Line Cafe in Fukuoka is the third one to be opened in Japan. It is located in the vibrant area of Tenjin.
The first floor is a souvenir shop where you can buy lovely items inspired by the famous Line characters like Brown or Cony. The second floor is a cafe that sells drinks and cakes also inspired by these characters, and extra seating areas on the third floor. Even if you don’t buy anything, you are free to visit and take pictures, so this place is often crowded with people. Believe me, you will just scream “Kawaii~~” to everything there!
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