7 Things you should try in Fukuoka

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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.


2. Shrines

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. Sometimes, they let their dogs go for a walk or simply go sight-seeing.

Although it’s a famous spot in Fukuoka, everyone there is so quiet. It creates the peaceful and dreamy atmosphere, 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. Furthermore, you can 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

6. Ramen

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. 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).

Yummy Hakata Ramen!

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. Here, 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. Also, it has 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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18 replies
  1. therainbowroute says:

    All of that food looks so delicious! I really wish we had been able to make it to Kyushu. This post clearly shows how much there is to do. Love the kawaii coffee shop!

  2. Judy says:

    I absolutely adore Japan! And this is a nicely curated list I definitely didn’t think to do NHK or the Line cafe! Very interesting icons of Japan.

  3. Melissa - Parenthood and Passports says:

    You had me at Ramen! 🙂 But seriously, NHK sounds fun! I worked in TV for 10 years in the states, so I would love to learn more about TV in other countries.

  4. Nicole Anderson says:

    As someone who went to school in Japan, reading this post and seeing your photos brought back many happy memories of the culture, food and people. I love your selections and would love to go back for a visit to enjoy it all.

  5. Deni says:

    What a great round-up of all the things to try in Fukuoka! I had never heard of the city before, so it’s great to see it as a day trip from Kyushu! I will definitely be bookmarking this post for whenever I make it over to Japan! Thanks for sharing all your tips!

  6. Iza says:

    I did notice that you were on that news studio photo immediately. Haha! The ramen looks delicious. I like that the portion is huge. I would love some cute souvenirs in Line Cafe. They all look cute and adorable.

  7. Only By Land says:

    I need a new lens for my camera and I can imagine that Cannon City mall would have plenty of electronics! Then I would test my new lens to photograph the Dazaifu Tenmangu and the Kushida shrines. I love Ramen so would be very happy with the food available in Fukuoka as in all of Japan

  8. Stevie on the Move says:

    One of the things I love the most in Asia is the tasty food. Compared to European food everything has so much taste! And there is so much variety! I’ve never been to Japan, but I’m sure these dishes make it worth a visit!

  9. Diana Chen says:

    I would love to check out Ohori Park and NHK. I’m not a big shopper but love the outdoors, and in particular love finding outdoor spaces in cities. So thanks for those recommendations. Thanks for the recommendations for ramen too – I could eat ramen every day and can only imagine how delicious authentic ramen from Japan is.


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