Top things to do in Fukuoka

Top Choice Ramen in Fukuoka

Ichiran

This Fukuoka-born chain (since 1993) has a nationwide following. That's as much for its serving style as for its fresh noodles and 15-second kitchen-to-table rule. Customers fill out forms (available in English) req…
Top Choice Japanese in Fukuoka

Hakatarou

If you can't visit the rest of Kyūshū, try regional foods at this elegant izakaya. Look for dishes like karashi renkon (spicy, deep-fried lotus root) and basashi (horsemeat sashimi) from Kumamoto, grilled Shimabara …
Top Choice Ramen in Fukuoka

Ippudō

Fukuoka's most famous ramen chain has efficient and always bustling branches in Tenjin, serving the best-selling Akamaru Modern (with black-sesame oil and a fragrant umami-dama, or flavour ball), Shiromaru Classic (…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Fukuoka

Citadel

At this classy upstairs bar, mellow out over coffee cocktails such as mojitos (with homemade coffee rum and coffee ice cubes) and espresso martinis. Liqueurs macerating on shelves above the bar lend a mad-scientist'…
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 Seafood in Fukuoka

Zauo

Fish-your-own Zauo's quite a commotion and good, clean fun. Staff equip you with fishing rods, bait and nets to fish your own tai (sea bream), hirame (flounder) and more from tanks surrounding boat-shaped platforms …
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…
Clothing in Fukuoka

Hakata Japan

Hakata is renowned for it weaving tradition, called Hakata-ori, and this chic shop, to the right as you enter Hakata Riverain mall, has been producing intricately woven Hakata-ori for generations. Originally supplyi…
Spectator Sport in Fukuoka

Kyūshū Bashō Sumo Tournament

Held for two weeks at the Fukuoka Kokusai Centre. The main ticket sale is in October, and spectators start lining up at dawn for limited same-day tickets (tōjitsu-ken; ¥3400 to ¥15,000).
Shokudo in Fukuoka

Umeyama Teppei Shokudō

A humble-chic shokudō (everyday restaurant) run by some clever gourmets. The emphasis on fresh local ingredients means that the menu changes frequently; pictures and English-speaking staff can help you with ordering…