Fukuoka has served as Japan's gateway to the Korean Peninsula and China since pre-christian times. Various new cultures were introduced and spread throughout Japan by people and goods that came and went through this area. During the 7th to 11th centuries Fukuoka flourished as an international trade city.  The city is now home to Hakata Port which services the greatest number of ocean service passengers in Japan.  Fukuoka Airport has many flight routes direct to other Asian cities and continues to serve as a gateway to the Kyushu Region.  Fukuoka is known as a gourmet city and for its hospitality and warmth towards visitors.



This shopping complex is built around an artificial canal and consists of hotels, a theater, a movie theater, many floors of specialty shops, restaurants, and showrooms. With the center stage famous for its performances and the fountain show, this is one of the most popular spots in Fukuoka for locals and tourists.

Access: Take the subway to Nakasu-Kawabata Station or a Nishitetsu Bus to Canal City Hakata-mae. Canal City is also a 1 minute walk from Kushida Shrine.


This grand tutelary shrine of Hakata is widely known and people warmly refer to it as “Okushida-san.” It is dedicated to the gods of Ohatanushi-no-mikoto, Amaterasu-omikami and Susanowo-no-mikoto. The shrine is believed to have been built in 757 and is home to the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival, one of the city's main events held annually in July.

Access: Take the subway to Gion Station - 4 minute walk from Exit 2.


Tenjin is the fashion and cultural center of Kyushu. The arcade's stone pavement was modelled on the streets of 19th century Europe.

Tenjin is the heart of Fukuoka city where department stores, fashion buildings, major banks, and office buildings are located next to one another on both sides of Watanabe-dori Avenue, the main street of Fukuoka. Daimyo, Imaizumi and Kego area are also within walking distance from Tenjin and are filled with individual shops, fancy cafes and hidaway restaurants.

Access: Directly connected by subway to JR Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport.

As well as the 100 yen loop bus from JR Hakata Station.



This exhibition is a replica of Hakata during the Meiji and Taisho periods. This museum shows the old daily life and culture of Fukuoka city during these periods, focusing especially on urban houses of the time. Traditional craftwork is demonstrated and there is a popular souvenir shop. It is located across from the Kushida-shrine.

Access: Take the subway to Gion Station. 1 minute walk from Kushida Shrine.


Shofukuji Temple is the first Zen temple in Japan, established by the founder of the Japanese Zen sect, Zen master Yosai who returned from Sung Dynasty China in 1195. The large precinct houses the gate, butsuden Buddha hall, main hall and belfry, retaining the typical layout of a Zen temple. The wooden tablet on the gate was given by retired Emperor Gotoba and the inscription on it designates it as the first Zen temple of Japan. Yosai brought back tea leaves with him, giving rise to the tea culture of Hakata, which later spread to the rest of Japan.

Access: Take the subway to Gion Station.


A nightlife district filled with neon lights, well-established hideaway shops and bars, and riverside food stalls selling Hakata delicacies, Nakasu is widely known as a gourmet destination. This is one of the largest entertainment districts in Western Japan. Around 2,000 eating and drinking establishments are crammed into this neon-lit area overlooking the Naka River.

Access: Directly connected by subway to JR Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport.

Also can be accessed by the 100 yen loop bus from Hakata Station and Tenjin.


This center is the venue of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in November. Many concerts and exhibitions are held here annually.

Access: Take the Nishitetsu Bus to Kokusai Center/Sun Palace-mae.


Kabuki plays, musicals, Takarazuka Revue and a variety of performances can be seen on the stage of this luxurious theatre.

Access: Take the subway to Nakasu-Kawabata Station or a Nishitetsu Bus to Kawabata-machi/Hakataza-mae.


Founded in 806 this is the oldest Buddhist temple of the Shingon Sect in Japan. Founded by Kobo Daishi, otherwise known as Kukai. The temple hosts the wooden "God of Mercy with 1000 hands" which is the largest seated wooden statue of Buddha in Japan. You can see a range of activity during the Setsubun Festival in February every year when large numbers of locals gather here to celebrate.

Access: Take the subway to Gion Station. Tochoji Temple is situated in front of Exit 1.


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