Theme Week Japan – Fukuoka

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Fukuoka Tower © mmry0241-cc-by-sa-3.0

Fukuoka Tower © mmry0241-cc-by-sa-3.0

Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of Japanese island Kyushu. It is the most populous city on the island, followed by Kitakyushu. It is the largest city and metropolitan area west of Keihanshin. The city was designated on April 1, 1972, by government ordinance. Greater Fukuoka, with a population of 2.5 million people, is part of the heavily industrialized Fukuoka–Kitakyushu zone.

As of 2015, Fukuoka is Japan’s sixth largest city, having passed the population of Kobe. In July 2011, Fukuoka surpassed the population of Kyoto. Since the founding of Kyoto in 794, this marks the first time that a city west of the Kinki region has a larger population than Kyoto. In ancient times, however, the area near Fukuoka, the Chikushi region, was thought by some historians to have possibly been even more influential than the Yamato region.

Fukuoka hosts more than 2 million foreign visitors annually, with the majority coming from neighboring South Korea, Taiwan and China. From the early 2010s Hakata became the beneficiary of significant growth in cruise ship tourism; particularly with visitors from China. After expansion and redevelopment of the Hakata Port international passenger ship terminal, the number of cruise ship port calls in 2016 is expected to exceed 400. Nearly ten thousand international students attend universities in or near the Fukuoka prefecture each year. Nearly 200 international conferences are held each year in Fukuoka.

View of Nakasu and Canal City Hakata from Fukuhaku Deai Bridge © STA3816/cc-by-sa-3.0 Night view of Fukuoka from Atago jinja © flickr.com - Muneaki/cc-by-sa-3.0 Uminonakamichi Seaside Park © iso4z Fukuoka Tower © mmry0241-cc-by-sa-3.0 Fukuoka Dome © mmry0241/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tenjin area © JKT-c/cc-by-3.0
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View of Nakasu and Canal City Hakata from Fukuhaku Deai Bridge © STA3816/cc-by-sa-3.0
Sky Dream Fukuoka, in Fukuoka’s western ward, was one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels at a height of 120 meters. It was closed on September 2009. The surrounding shopping center, Marinoa City Fukuoka, still attracts millions of visitors each year. Other shopping centers that attract tourists include Canal City, JR Hakata City, and Hakata Riverain.

  • Fukuoka Art Museum – In Ohori Park; contains a wide selection of contemporary and other art from around the world, including works by Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, and Salvador Dalí.
  • Fukuoka Asian Art Museum – contains art from various countries of Asia.
  • Fukuoka City Museum – displays a broad range of items from the region’s history, including a spectacular gold seal.
  • Fukuoka Oriental Ceramics Museum
  • Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
  • Genko Historical Museum (Museum of the Mongol Invasion) – In Higashi Koen (East Park); displays Japanese and Mongolian arms and armor from the 13th century as well as paintings on historical subjects. Open on weekends.
  • Hakata Machiya Folk Museum – Dedicated to displaying the traditional ways of life, speech, and culture of the Fukuoka region.
  • The Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize was established to honor the outstanding work of individuals or organizations in Asia.

Fukuoka Castle, located adjacent to Ohori Park in Maizuru Park, features the remaining stone walls and ramparts left after a devastating fire during the upheaval of the Meiji Restoration. It has now been preserved along with some reconstructed prefabricate concrete towers constructed during the 1950s and 1960s, when there was a trend across Japan to rebuild damaged castles as tourist attractions. Ōhori Park is also the location of one of Fukuoka City’s major art galleries. There are many temples with long histories including Tōchō-ji, Hakozaki shrine, Kashii shrine, and Jōten-ji. The Marine Park Uminonakamichi is located on a narrow cape on the northern side of the Bay of Hakata. The park has an amusement park, petting zoo, gardens, beaches, a hotel, and a large marine aquarium which opened in 1989. For tourists from other parts of Japan, local foods such as mentaiko, Hakata ramen and motsunabe are associated with Fukuoka. Yatai (street stalls) serving ramen can be found in Tenjin and Nakasu most evenings. Fukuoka Tower is near the beach in Seaside Momochi, a development built for the 1989 Asia-Pacific Exhibition. The older symbol of the city, Hakata Port Tower is next to the international ferry terminal, and is free to enter. Itoshima, to the west of Fukuoka city, has recently become a very popular tourist destination. There are many beaches along the coast, notably Futamigaura beach, where there is a famous Shinto shrine in the ocean, and Keya beach, which hosts the annual Sunset Live festival every September. Inland, there is the Shingon Buddhist temple called Raizan Sennyoji, where there are many Buddhist statues and stunning autumn foliage. The Buddhist Nanzoin temple is located in Sasaguri, just east of Fukuoka. It is claimed to be the largest statue of a reclining Buddha in the world. There is a newly opened Kyushu National Museum in nearby Dazaifu.

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