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Fukuoka

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Fukuoka

  • Open-air food stalls, called Yatai, mainly in Nakagawa and Tenjin districts
  • Futuristic Momochi Seaside Park and the 234-meter-tall Fukuoka Tower offering a wonderful 360 degree panoramic view
  • Fukuoka Castle (ruins)
  • Kushida Shrine where the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is held annually 1 - 15 July

A subway connects most of the city’s main attractions, providing transport between Hakata, Tenjin, Fukuoka International Airport, Meinohama, and Nishijin (where you can find Fukuoka Tower and the baseball ground of the Softbank Hawks: Fukuoka Yahoo! Dome).
At the main station of Hakata, the Kyushu Shinkansen line links up with the Sanyo Shinkansen, providing a Bullet train service from Osaka all the way through to Kagoshima, at the southern tip of Kyushu.

HISTORY

Because of its closeness to the Asian mainland (closer to Seoul than to Tokyo), this has been an important harbour city for many centuries, and was chosen by the Mongol invasion forces as their landing point in the 13th century.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Hakata Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line (4h 50 min) (935km) or domestic flights from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport
  • From Osaka (Shin-Osaka) to Hakata Station by train (2h 20 min) or domestic flights from Itami Airport to Fukuoka Airport

 

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