Fukuoka attractions

Top Choice Museum in Fukuoka

Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan

Spread over three machiya (traditional Japanese townhouses), this folk museum re-creates a Hakata nagare (neighbourhood unit) from the late Meiji era. Inside the replica buildings, artisans are frequently on hand of…
Top Choice Museum in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

On the upper floors of the Hakata Riverain mall, this large museum houses the world-renowned Asia Gallery, and additional galleries for special exhibitions (admission fee varies) and artists in residence. Changing e…
Gardens in Fukuoka

Ōhori-kōen Japanese Garden

Set within the expansive grounds of Ōhori-kōen, adjacent to the remains of Fukuoka's once-grand castle, this traditional (though constructed in 1984) 12,000-sq-metre Japanese garden boasts a beautiful main pond, str…
Gardens in Fukuoka

Rakusuien

This small but pretty garden and teahouse was built by a Meiji-era merchant in 1906 and offers a couple of paths, a rushing waterfall and tea ceremony. In the inner garden, ask to see the suikinkutsu, a sort of musi…
Island in Fukuoka

Shikanoshima

Delightfully rural, this island has fresh-seafood restaurants that line the harbour-side streets. Ferries depart hourly (¥670, 33 minutes) from Bayside Place, and there are seasonal sightseeing cruises around Hakata…
Shinto Shrine in Fukuoka

Kushida-jinja

The intimate Kushida-jinja, municipal Shintō shrine of Hakata, traces its history to AD 757 and sponsors the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Matsuri, in which storeys-high floats make their way through the streets. There's a f…
Buddhist Temple in Fukuoka

Tōchō-ji

Tōchō-ji houses the Fukuoka Daibutsu, Japan's largest seated wooden Buddha (10.8m high, 30 tonnes, completed in 1992) and some impressively carved Kannon (deity of mercy) statues. The temple is said to date from AD …
Buddhist Temple in Fukuoka

Shōfuku-ji

Shōfuku-ji is considered the oldest Zen temple in Japan, founded in 1195 by Eisai, who introduced Zen and tea to Japan; the nation's first tea plants are also said to have been planted here. Although its buildings a…
Historic Building in Fukuoka

Kihinkan

Built in 1910, this historic French Renaissance–style building, a nationally registered important cultural property, can be found just across the river from Tenjin Chūō-kōen. There's an English-language guide via sm…
Museum in Fukuoka

Fukuoka City Museum

This smart museum displays artefacts from local history and culture. The pride of the collection is an ancient 2.3-sq-cm, 108g golden seal with an inscription proving Japan's historic ties to China.