Fukuoka is considered the administrative, economic and cultural centre of Kyushu island. It is a modern city with bustling activities, busy shopping areas, festivals and vibrant art. Below is some famous tourist attractions for those who want to discover this beautiful city.
Located in the heart of Fukuoka city, Fukuoka Castle, also known as Maizuru Castle, is considered as an interesting attraction for tourists to visit while in this romantic city.
During the Edo period (1603-1867), Fukuoka Castle was the largest castle of the Kyushu region. However, it was almost completely demolished after the Meiji Restoration. Lying on a large stone base overlooking the Naka River, the castle covers an area of about 47,000 m² and includes many watchtowers, gates, turrets and an old guesthouse. The best time to visit Fukuoka castle is between late March and early April when the castle immerses in the gentle beauty of cherry blossoms.
Kyushu National Museum
Established in 2005, Kyushu National Museum was the 4th national museum in Japan. The semicircular building is composed of 4 floors and occupies a large space that can accommodate a football field. It hosts exhibitions with the aim of forming the culture from the historical Asian perspectives. The museum includes the Gallery of cultural exchanges and Special Gallery. Tourists will have the opportunity to admire many archaeological relics, national treasures and antiques from the 15th century to the present. Outside the museum, there are restaurants, cafes and many souvenir shops.
Established in AD 757, Kushida Shrine has is one of the Japan’s best Shinto shrines. Kushida Shrine owns exquisite carvings of the Chinese zodiac and the brace of anchor stones belonged to the Mongolian invasion fleets. There is also a ginko tree in the forecourt that is said to be more than 1000years old. Locals and visitors to the shrine hope that they will be blessed with long life and success in business. In mid July, Kushida Shrine hosts the famoius two-week Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival.
Nanzoin Temple is one of the holiest places in Fukuoka, attracting more than 1 million pilgrims and tourists visit every year. The most prominent feature of the temple is a giant Reclining Buddha statue made of bronze built in 1995. The statue is 41 meters in length, 11 meters in height and weighing in at 300 tons, which is probably as big as the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Visitors can find some peace for the soul by taking a walk through picturesque streams and and green garden with small scattered statues along.
Located about 250 meters from Dazaifu Station, Dazaifu Tenman-gu is a shrine dedicated to the god of education-Sugawara no Michizane. Students often come here praying for coming examinations. They buy wood panels, write prayers on them and hang them at the shrine in the hope of luck. The architecture of Dazaifu Tenman-gu shrine that visitors see today is not the same as the original. It was restored over several centuries. There are many ceremonies and festivals held in the shrine each year including Usokae-shinji, Onisube-shinji, Fudezukasai, Shinkoshikitaisai,… There are about 6000 white and red Ume trees of about 200 species making the shrine a top place for watching Ume flowers.