Top ChoiceMuseum 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...

Top ChoiceMuseum 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....

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,...

Gardens in Fukuoka


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...

Island in Fukuoka


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...

Shinto Shrine in Fukuoka


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...

Buddhist Temple in Fukuoka


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...

Buddhist Temple in Fukuoka


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...

Historic Building in Fukuoka


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...

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.

Museum in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Art Museum

Expected to reopen in March 2019 following renovations, Fukuoka Art Museum has ancient pottery and Buddhist guardians, as well as works by Basquiat, Brancusi, Rothko and Warhol.

Historic Site in Fukuoka

Fukuoka-jō & Ōhori-kōen

Only the walls of Fukuoka-jō (Fukuoka Castle) remain, but the castle's hilltop site (Maizuru-kōen) provides good panoramas of the city and great views of aircraft landing at nearby Fukuoka Airport.Ōhori-kōen, an...

Island in Fukuoka


A 15-minute ferry ride from Fukuoka, pretty Nokonoshima mixes natural and artificial parks. The latter, popular Island Park, has a swimming beach, seasonal wildflower fields, huts selling crafts, and sweeping...

Tower in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Tower

Standing above the Momochi district is 234m-tall Fukuoka Tower, Japan's tallest seaside spire, a symbol of the city and mostly hollow (its main purpose is as a broadcast tower). There's an observation deck at...

Shinto Shrine in Fukuoka


Sumiyoshi-jinja is said to be the original taisha (grand shrine) of Shintō's Sumiyoshi sect. The main kami (divine beings) enshrined here are protectors of seafarers. Its grounds are hidden off the main street...

Park in Fukuoka

Tenjin Chūō-kōen

Some attractive historic Western architecture populates this park near city hall, most notably the French Renaissance–style Kihinkan, dating from 1910 and including a cafe. A couple of blocks north, the...

Museum in Fukuoka

Hakata Traditional Craft & Design Museum

This compact museum displays stellar examples of local crafts, Hakata-ori textiles, Hakata ningyō (Hakata dolls), papier-mâché Daruma and lion figures, tops, arrows, and more. Videos help explain some production...

Park in Fukuoka

Nokonoshima Island Park

Couples date here a lot, particularly in spring and summer, when the hills are covered with cosmos or sunflowers. Otherwise, it's a pretty run-of-the-mill place to stroll, though there are nice views of the water...

Historic Building in Fukuoka

Akarenga Bunka-kan

This red-brick, copper-turreted British-style building from 1909 has simple historical exhibits and a charming coffee shop. The architect, Tatsuno Kingō, was a native of nearby Karatsu who also designed Tokyo...

Stadium in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome

This monolithic, retractable-roof stadium is the home field of Fukuoka's much-loved SoftBank Hawks baseball team. Tours (in Japanese) are offered and there's a museum of the life of Oh Sadaharu, the world's...