What are the best things to do in Fukuoka, Japan?

In this Fukuoka Travel Guide, you will find out places to go in Fukuoka, what to eat and where to stay in Fukuoka. Read the article and plan your travel to Fukuoka.

 

1. Eat Motsunabe

With the history of more than 1000 years, Motsunabe is a Hakata’s well-known specialty. 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. Motsunabe is the perfect food to eat during cold weather.

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Eating Motsunabe is one of the best things to do in Fukuoka

 

Where to eat Motsunabe in Fukuoka?

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

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2. Visit famous Shrines

Visiting shrines is one of the main things to do in Fukuoka. The two most famous shrines there which are Dazaifu Tenmangu and Kushida Shrine.

a) Daizaifu Tenmangu

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.

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Daizafu is one of the must-visit places in Fukuoka.

 

b) Kushida Shrine

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. Go shopping at Canal City

Canal city is a great 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. Spend time at Ohori Park

Ohori Park is a beautiful park with a large lake, many trees, and resting spots. Local people come here to exercise or running 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 place to visit 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, and it’s totally worth the money.

 

5. Discover Fukuoka castle

Not far away from Ohori Park is Fukuoka castle. Located in Maizuru Park, Fukuoka castle is also known as Maizuru Castle or Seki Castle. The construction of Fukuoka Castle began in 1601 and was finished in 1607. Fukuoka castle is a historical place to visit in your trip to Fukuoka.

 

6. Visit 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!

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The model of a news studio where you can get on-screen for real

 

7. Try delicious 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.

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Fukuoka Ramen is delicious

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).

You should also try Ramen along the river at night in Fukuoka!

 

8. Relax at 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.

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Coffee with Line friends

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!

 

9. Wander around Fukuoka city at night

Wandering around Fukuoka at night should be on your list of things to do in Fukuoka. Fukuoka at night has a different vibe. The streets become more colorful and lively with lights decorated on the trees. Many shops and restaurants become more crowded and lively.

After midnight in Fukuoka, all the transportation is stopped, so the city is calm and peaceful. It’s a good time to visit the shrines (because no one else is there), or walk along the river and try some Fukuoka ramen.

 

10. Spend time at Hakata Train Station

Not only is the busiest place for transportation in Hakata, Hakata Train station itself is a tourist attraction. Hakata station is a complex building with several shops and restaurants. You can have a great view of the city by going up to the 10th floor of this building.

 

Best day trips from Fukuoka

Here are some ideas for awesome day trips from Fukuoka. Hakata, Fukuoka is a good base for travelers who love discovering the Northen Kyushu area.

By purchasing Northern Kyushu Rail pass, you can freely hop on and hop off trains to visit surrounding prefectures such as Nagasaki, Saga, Oita, and Kumamoto.

  • Visit Huis Ten Bosch – A Dutch theme park in Nagasaki
  • Discover Hashima island – An abandoned island in Nagasaki
  • Go on a one-day trip to Yufuin – one of the best onsen towns in Oita, Japan
  • Go shopping at Tosu -the largest shopping mall in Kyushu island
  • Discover Kumamoto castle after an earthquake

 

Where to stay in Fukuoka?

The best areas to stay in Fukuoka are around Hakata Station and Tenjin. While Tenjin is the center for eating and shopping, staying at Hakata station is more convenient if you’d like to do many day trips from Hakata.

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Author: Youko Doan & Ha Truong

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  1. Rachelle says:

    Oh my goodness, that Hakata Tonkotsu looks so amazing. I love Ramen, but there aren’t a lot of good places in my town to get some. I think a trip to Fukuoka would be remiss without trying some of that awesome Ramen. I love that the train station is a tourist attraction, as well as a necessary public transit outlet!

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  2. Aditi says:

    I knew nothing about the place before reading your post, your post has not only increased my knowledge but also help me get attracted to this place and add it to my bucket list. There is so much to do and so much to explore. Wish I can visit it someday

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  3. Abhinav Singh says:

    I have no idea what Fukuoka is. I hope there is a vegetarian version available. Fukuoka indeed is an offbeat destination. The shrines are so fascinating. Japan is known for its parks and gardens. Ohori Park seems like a nice peaceful place. I can spend all day here just indulging in people watching.

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  4. Lois Alter Mark says:

    Japan is high on my bucket list, and I think it just got higher. As a big ramen fan, I would love to try that one that looks so delicious. And the train station sounds like a must-see.

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  5. The traveller says:

    Japan a mesmerising destination and one you have captured very well. This is on my bucket list and you ha e helped get some ideas of how best to spend your time there. Would love to visit the various shrines and a liver of ramen too. Thanks for sharing and the photos are great as well.

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  6. Iulia says:

    What a lovely post! Your photos are great! They really make me want to travel to Fukuoka! I didn’t know anything about this place before this, but I would love to visit it sometimes… It looks like such a culture and history rich place, not to mention the food! It looks delicious..

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  7. Blair Villanueva says:

    Japan is my favorite place to visit, and I prefer the nearby cities around Tokyo. Shrine hopping is also fun! And hey, I want to visit NHK office as well. I’m a huge fan of their shows.

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  8. Kavita Favelle says:

    We spent two nights in Fukuoka several years back and wish we’d had longer, but we did enjoy the time we had. We didn’t manage to eat motsunabe, but we did enjoy some great ramen, I love Fukuoka style tonkotsu ramen! I can also recommend for a nearby day trip, visiting the reclining blue Buddha at Nanzo-in.

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  9. Stuti says:

    I never knew about this place in Japan. Thanks for talking about such lovely place. I am sure what to look for now when I visit Fukuoka. Great pictures.

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