FUKUOKA

Vibes in Fukuoka


Fukuoka is a melting pot of culture, cuisines and scenic treasures. Exciting events steeped in tradition celebrate local culture and history. The culinary scene is a fusion of flavours influenced by neighbouring Korea and China and the birthplace of many popular dishes of Japan. From the wild landscapes to manicured gardens, the endless beauty of the Genkai Sea, lush forests and seasonal floral blooms, now is the time to discover Fukuoka – it has something for everyone.

Check out our recommended top experiences in Fukuoka


Yatai Food Stalls

The street food stalls are an iconic symbol of Fukuoka. Open in the evening, mix with the locals at a yatai, enjoying local Tonkotsu-style ramen (which originated here), yakitori skewers, udon noodles, hot pots, gyoza dumplings and more!


Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

One of Japan’s most important shrines, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine is dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian Period. You will also find as many as 6000 plum trees on the grounds, spectacularly blooming from late February to mid-March.


Florals of Fukuoka

Visit Fukuoka for the cherry blossoms in spring, but come early and be delighted by the riot of colours with plum blossoms, purple wisteria, and poppies.

Sunflower & dahlia fields in summer; golden hues of yellow, orange and red leaves in autumn. The colours of Fukuoka are not to be missed.

Photograph provided by Fukuoka City.

Festivals

There is nothing like experiencing a festival to gain a greater insight into local culture and customs. Found all year round, ensure you don’t miss out on these cultural highlights.

Photograph provided by Hakata Gion Yamakasa Promotion Association.

Hiking

Fukuoka is filled with trails to explore. From pathways leading to waterfalls, to certified OLLE courses, to rolling seaside hills – work off all the ramen and gyoza dumplings and explore the great outdoors.

Yame Tea

The green tea produced in Fukuoka is of such high quality, with authentic ‘yame hongyokuro’ made using the traditional method, making it the finest of Japanese teas.

Sake Brewery

Fukuoka Prefecture boasts over 70 producers of hundreds of brands of Japan’s sake. Taste your way through one of the many breweries, and head to the Chikugo Jojima area, where the high quality water and fresh produce make incredible sake.

Oyster Huts in winter

Ever had to dodge hot oyster juice from the BBQ? Come to Fukuoka in winter, where oyster huts pop up next to the ocean. Doesn’t get much fresher than that!

Yanagawa Canal Punt Tour

Explore the waterways of Yanagawa on a traditional ‘donkobune’. A fascinating glimpse into the local way of life and history of the importance of the canals.

Itoshima

This beach-resort town vibe draws people from all over Japan with its little cafes, local products, sandy beaches for swimming and surfing. Perfect to escape the crowds and enjoy the views.