The modern and exciting city of Fukuoka is located on the island of Kyushu and is divided in two by the Hakata River, an area where many of the city’s hotels can be found. Fukuoka is considered an excellent introduction to Japan for first-time visitors thanks to its modest size and comprehensive rail network. Many visitors arrive via the bullet train, but Fukuoka Airport is still a popular gateway and is only two train stops from the city center.
The city’s culture can be visited with a trip to such sites as Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine and Shofukuji Temple
. The island of Nokonoshima
is set in the middle of Hakata Bay and is excellent for hiking, swimming, and camping. Tenjin is the largest shopping district in the city, and visitors can find towering retail blocks, large department stores, and boutique areas such as Tenjin Core
. Dining opportunities are abundant, and ramen is certainly one of the most popular dishes, especially from the mobile food stalls.
Fukuoka is host to two major festivals each year – Hakata Gion Yamakasa and Hakata Dontaku. The festival of Yamakasa held in June and is defined by teams of men hoisting floats through set courses while wearing traditional loincloths. Dontaku, celebrated in May, sees stages erected for traditional performances and parades. Both these annual holidays have been celebrated for centuries and are an excellent peek into the local culture.
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