A red bridge over a water canal at the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka, Japan
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Cruise to Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka, on the northern shore of Japan's Kyushu Island, is known for ancient temples and beautiful beaches. Explore the 17th-century ruins of Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park. Then head to the central Hakata district, home to Tocho-ji Temple, where a 10-meter wooden Buddha sits. Cruise to Fukuoka and dive deeper into history at the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, with displays on daily life in the Meiji and Taisho eras. Slurp ramen noodles in rich tonkotsu broth at one of the city's yatai (outdoor food stalls), then walk it off with a stroll along the winding canals. Pop into Shofukuji Zen temple for some quiet reflection. Or embrace the bustle instead and head to Canal City Hakata, one of Japan's largest shopping complexes.
National Language Japanese
Currency Accepted Japanese Yen (JPY)

Things To Do in Fukuoka

Views of the 768 foot Fukuoka Tower in Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka, Japan Tower

Towering Views

Towering Views

Head over to the 768-foot Fukuoka Tower for stunning views of the city and the coast. Then take a relaxing stroll on the beach right next door at Momochi Seaside Park. To cool down, get familiar with local history at the nearby Fukuoka City Museum, which houses the Gold Seal, a national treasure linked to the foundations of Japan as a country.

Shofukuji Zen Temple in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka, Japan Temple Hakata

Get Centered

Get Centered

Founded in the late 12th century by the priest Eisai, Shofukuji is Japan's first temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism. The philosophy of Zen grew to become a central teaching for Japan's samurai warriors. The tranquil grounds here are perfect for reflection or a respite from the bustle of the city.

Main hall of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka, Japan Main Hall Shrine

Bee-Line for Shrines

On the outskirts of Fukuoka, Dazaifu is a historic administrative center packed with temples and shrines. During your Fukuoka, Japan cruise, head to the grandest of them all, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to scholar Sugawara Michizane. Some 40 kilometers south but easily reachable by train, you can find Yanagawa, an ancient castle town of gorgeous old canals overhung by willows and cherry trees.

Ramen noodles is a local cuisine in Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka, Japan Ramen Noodles

Local Cuisine

Fukuoka is synonymous with noodles. While ramen originated in China, Fukuoka took the dish to new heights with its hearty tonkotsu broth — made from long-simmered pork bones — and long, thin noodles. One of the best ways to enjoy this dish is at an outdoor yatai stand, where the beer and sake flow.

Ceramic Japanese dolls known as Hakata Ningyo from the 17th century found in Japan

Fukuoka, Japan Ceramic Japanese Dolls

Shopping

In Fukuoka, you can pick up Hakata ningyo, ceramic dolls that were first made in the 17th century and gained international renown in the 19th. They're elaborately painted and can be remarkably lifelike. Shogetsudo in the Nakasu district offers a wide selection of dolls — you can even create your own.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 There's no tipping in Japan, but there is a blanket 8 percent sales tax. Look for tax-free sales promotions.
2 Smaller restaurants, cafes and yatai stands may not accept credit cards, so have enough yen cash on hand.

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