The Best Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi

Fukuoka is unbelievably urban, with two city centers (Hakata and Tenjin) despite having quite a rich feudal part. Most of the feudal heritage was torn down in the Meiji era in the 19th century. Heritage-wise, all that's really preserved are innumerable shrines with deep significance to the city's and Japan's history. Most of the best ones are in the Gion area.

The city really appreciates its green spaces. It has a plethora of parks, the crowning jewel of which is Ohori, closely followed by Maizuru and Nishi. All of these are really beautiful in springtime, during cherry blossom season. The beaches along the harbourside are fun, but not spectacular. There are a couple of attractive islands offshore that you can access by ferry.

There's a lot of shopping to do. A good percentage of city's main attractions are incredible shopping areas, malls and arcades. Nightlife is good, but there's no one single bar or pub or club that is objectively great.

If there's anything at all in the things to do that really sets Fukuoka apart, it's the food. The city's cuisine is phenomenal, and if a traveller happened to arrange their itinerary around the best way to eat their way through the city, they'd likely have an incredible experience.

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    44 Tourist Attractions in Fukuoka-shi

    Must see places in Fukuoka-shi ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of best attractions in Fukuoka-shi and point of interests to visit.

  • Ohori Park

    #1 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi
    Ohori Park

    Tags: Garden, Park, Walking Area, Lake

    Address: 1-2 Ohorikoen, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0051, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    When a city is as urbanised as Fukuoka is, lush green spaces are a welcome and rare retreat. This makes the landscaped fields of Ohori Park the city's most precious attraction. Beautiful and welcoming...Read more

  • Tenjin Underground Shopping Center

    #2 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi
    Tenjin Underground Shopping Center

    Tags: Restaurant, Entertainment, Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: Japan, 〒810-0001 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka, Chuo Ward, Tenjin, 2 地下1・2・3号

    Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    Running under Watanabe street, this is the most popular shopping mall in the city. The 150 shops and a handful of restaurants are arranged around a cobblestoned street with soft, cool lighting. It's a...Read more

  • Kushida Shrine

    #3 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi
    Kushida Shrine


    Address: 1-41 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0026, Japan

    Timings: 04:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    This shrine, dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu, is the city's oldest. It was built in 757. Locals are much more enamored with it than tourists, as it is thought to be the guardian temple of the city....Read more

  • Fukuoka Tower

    #4 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi
    Fukuoka Tower

    Tags: Landmark, View Point, Tower, Observation Deck

    Address: Japan, 〒814-0001 Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka

    Timings: 09:30 am - 10:00 pm Details

    The 234-metre tower is the tallest seaside tower in Japan.  The 8000 half-mirrors that cover the tower gave it the name of 'Mirror-Sail'. Visitors actually have three different observation decks ...Read more

  • Nakasu

    #5 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi

    Tags: Food And Drinks, Entertainment, Neighborhoods

    Address: Nakasu, Fukuoka, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Leave the kids behind when visiting this entertainment district. Located on an island on the Naka River, and founded as a recreational area for local samurai and merchants a few centuries ago, the nei...Read more

  • Nokonoshima Island

    #6 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi
    Nokonoshima Island

    Tags: Island, Nature

    Address: Nokonoshima Island, Fukuoka, Japan

    Timings: 05:00 am - 11:00 pm Details

    Out in the middle of the Hakata Bay is the city of Fukuoka's second most favourite natural space - the Nokonoshima Island. The main attraction on the island is the park in the hills, a beautiful area ...Read more

  • Tochoji

    #7 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: 2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0037, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Though the building you see today is a modern granite construct, the original temple in this location was built in the early 9th century. It is dedicated to the monk Kukai, an important figure in the ...Read more

  • Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

    #8 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi
    Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

    Tags: Garden, Theme Park, Walking Area

    Address: 18-28 Saitozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 811-0321, Japan

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    This theme park is great, if a little strange. It's so large at 540 hectares, that half the times it feels totally deserted. The size also makes walking from one attraction to the other highly impract...Read more

  • Marine World Umino-nakamichi

    #9 of 44 Things To Do in Fukuoka-shi
    Marine World Umino-nakamichi

    Tags: Aquarium

    Address: 18-28 Saitozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 811-0321, Japan

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Some quick facts about this aquarium that focuses on the marine life in the warm waters of Tsushima.70 tanks, with three massive ones from 720 to 2000 cubic metres of water. The smallest of the large ...Read more

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