Kyushu Basho 2016 – Fukuoka Sumo!

For two weeks in November, Fukuoka will transform into the home of sumo. The streets of the city will be made more exciting by the odd glimpse of the rikishi (wrestlers), their hulking mass, elegantly fanned top-knot, full kimono and aroma of talcum powder making them an easy spot amongst the regulars…

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A Guide to the America’s Cup World Series Fukuoka

The ninth stage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series will come to Fukuoka Nov. 18-20 – the first America’s Cup race to be held in Asia…

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Oct 2016 Fukuoka Now

October marks the start of Autumn proper and one of the most pleasant seasons in Fukuoka. The significance of the changing season isn’t lost to the Japanese and, throughout Autumn, Fukuokans can be seen enjoying themselves at one of the many colourful festivals in Hakata that make up Akihaku…

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Hakata Akihaku Guide 2016

The Hakata area comes alive in fall, with the Hakata Akihaku – a series of colorful events and festivals in October and November with food, drink, art and music galore…

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Hakata Trivia 2016

Hakata is full of hidden (and not so hidden) gems. Many remain unnoticed by the casual observer, but play a crucial role in telling the tale of the city’s culture & history. Delve into the world of Hakata Trivia

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This Month in Fukuoka – October 2016

Welcome to Fukuoka Now! Since 1998 our team of local experts have been introducing the best of Fukuoka to the world. Here are our This Month picks for the month of October featuring two wonderful cafes and a fantastic noodle spot. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

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Hojoya Guide 2016

Autumn in Hakata is not complete without a trip to Hakozakigu Shrine. Every year, more than one million people visit the shrine during the festival…

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Grape & Fig Picking in Tanushimaru

The town of Tanushimaru is famous as the birthplace of Kyoho grapes, known as the “king of grapes”. It’s also where the first…

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Hakata Gion Yamakasa Guide 2016

You’ve probably already spotted some loincloth-clad men running around town. These men are participants in Fukuoka’s most anticipated annual festival, Hakata Gion Yamakasa. The highlight of the festival kicks off at exactly 4:59am on July 15th when thousands of men from seven districts race through the streets carrying decorative one-ton floats…

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Fukuoka’s Special Sweets

Fukuoka is home to many famous Japanese sweets. During the Edo era, Nagasaki was the only port from which the invaluable commodity of sugar entered Japan. Since the Kuroda Clan of Fukuoka was in charge of protecting Nagasaki, it was granted special permission to purchase sugar directly from the merchants. The popular sweets of this bygone era have undergone a few changes, but the people of today still know and love them…

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