Mar 31, 2014
In 1242, Enni Ben'en (posthumous name: Shouichi Kokushi) founded Jotenji Temple, a place with deep ties to Hakata-ori textiles and the presumed origin of the Hakata Yamakasa festiv...
Feb 28, 2014
Located on a hill jutting into Hakata Bay, Nishi Park provides stunning views of the bay as well as Nokonoshima and Shikanoshima islands from its observation deck. Its wealth of na...
Jan 28, 2014
If you think you know Fukuoka, then you can try taking the Fukuoka Kentei (Fukuoka Proficiency Test) that starts in March 2014. The aim of the test is to deepen affection for Fukuo...
Dec 26, 2013
The Fukuoka Art Museum and Fukuoka City Museum are both holding major events over the year-end and New Year's holiday period that are expected to attract many visitors, some of who...
Nov 24, 2013
Christmas originated as a religious event, with families celebrating the holiday together by going to mass at church. Some people might think you cannot enter a church if you are ...
Oct 24, 2013
The best place to sample local cuisine is at the fresh food markets, and one of the most famous markets in Fukuoka is Yanagibashi Market. Located next to the Nakagawa River, Yanag...
Sep 27, 2013
Sanso-dori is a street that runs from Ozasa to Hirao in Chuo-ku. The name is derived from Hiraosanso, a thatched-roof hut located nearby. This was the home of Botoni Nomura, a fema...
Aug 29, 2013
Often times when you visit famous ruins, there are no buildings left and you cannot tell what was once there. The Korokan-Fukuoka Castle Ruins area, which is now a park in Chuo-ku...
Jul 25, 2013
If you get the urge to visit a nearby island this summer, why not head to Shikanoshima in the northern end of Hakata Bay? With a circumference of 11km, this little island is connec...
Jun 26, 2013
Fukuoka's appeal lies in its compact size, and one telling feature of this is its excellent transportation access. For instance, the airport is located close to the city center. In...