Fukuoka is the prefecture with 15 million people have a rich nature, not only surrounded on three sides by the sea, but is also located close to beautiful mountains. The prefecture is a perfect place for sightseeing, hiking and water sports. It has a mild temperature climate, so you can enjoy Fukuoka every season throughout the year. Geographically it close to Korea and China, so Korean and Chinese culture and technology has reached to Fukuoka the first in Japan. Korean even closer to Fukuoka than it to Tokyo. Economically, Fukuoka has a balance business function, rich environment. So that the price here is more stable compared Tokyo or Osaka, aside that it also offer the good education by provide good and famous universities here. That’s one of the reason the resident here living a relaxed life. Some various place, Fukuoka still has a famous historical and cultural attraction to be seen.
1. Number of Festivals that you can't be missedJapan is well known with its festival that happen every season and every year. However, Fukuoka of Japan has quite lots of festivals. This festival attracts most of the visitors to come and see the it. Fukuoka festival might be considered unique because being closer Korean and Chinese culture than any part of Japan. There is some festival that you can’t be missed if you have plan to visit Fukuoka. They are Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival, held at Kushida Shrink from July 1st to 15th hoisted atop floats with dolls decors which incorporate that year’s fads and trends on top it with the people carrying it from all age ranges, Dazaifu Temmangu Festival held in June at Irish pond by the eastern garden that is covered by more than 30 thousands irises of 55 varietes atop of the water surface with the shade many color bring the ambience become romantic, Hakata Dontaku Festival held on 3rd and 4th of May every year where Men and Women all ages parade by the street wearing costumes they like and there will also stages and plaza being set up for performance, Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom Festival has been well famous with its thousand cherry blossom trees that fully bloom where the festival being held in late March to early April every year. Being the castle background contrast the view become magnificent and look like in a fairytale.
2. Sake or Beer?Sake surely is the famous liquor from Japan, and it is surely will be provided all over Japan. However, not many know that Fukuoka traditional sake has a good taste and also has long history which actively produced sake until now, even in Fukuoka there are quite lot sake factories. Not far from Gion Station (around 10 minutes) only 1 station far from Hakata Station, there will be Hakata Hyakunengura. It is actually sake factory and shop but the unpredicted one is this building also a historical building that has been established 140 years and in the list of Japan cultural heritage. This shop sell sake Hyakunegura sake and also Umeshu (sweet sake plum taste) and also sparkling liqueur made from Hakata Amaou Strawberry (the pride product of Fukuoka prefecture). In other side of the Hakata station (Takeshita station), there is Asahi Beer factory. We can do tour inside the factory for 90 minutes and then continue with try the fresh from the oven made beer right there.
3. Food that you can't missIf you have go to Fukuoka, it is needed to be on the list for you to taste the food as well. Maybe some people around the world already know about Ramen and some also know about Ramen in Hakata style because Ippudo the famous ramen restaurant has quite lots branch in other country (it even provide menu in English). So you should eat this ramen right from its origin! Aside ramen, there is also Motsunabe, like the name it is Hakata-Fukuoka typical nabe (hot pot) with beef or pork innards. What special from it are low calory, lots of vegetables most loved by women and very affordable price.
Fukuoka Tourist Spots
1. Hakata Yatai StallHakata Yatai is one of the most spots that you must visit when you are in Fukuoka. These street foods are really like unofficial symbolic for visitors of Fukuoka. There are over 2 hundred stall are spread through Tenjin, Nakasu, and Nagahama area. In this stalls parade you can taste Hakata specialties in food such as ramen, gyoza, and matsunabe, and many other that you can find here. This is the best place to get in touch with the locals, even though the locals happen to be another Japanese in another area who also a tourist. Yatai usually open start around 6pm to around 2am, unless the weather is very bad. Mostly they close one day in a week but there is no exact what day is it, each stall could be different but usually it’s Sunday.
2. Fukuoka Ruin CastleThe ruin of Fukuoka castle or Fukuokajouato is located in the middle of city nearby Maizuru Park (named after the castle’s alias). It used to be the largest castle in Kyushu but turned down after Meiji Restoration because it is a symbol of feudal past. Nowadays, the remain and the park attract visitors just for walking trails or few lookout points. Best time to visit isin late March to early April because this spot become the sakura blossom very beautiful and it is become the best spot for Hanami, Japanese culture to have a picnic under the sakura tree. Not far from there, Ohori park is worth to visit also. this park was being part of the castle.
3. Nanzoin Temple and the Reclining BuddhaFukuoka has long history with Chinese culture, and Buddha is one of them. There are Nanzoin temple which is the most visited and most important Buddhist shrine. The big bronze Buddha status become the largest bronze statue in the world. The most unique of this statue is not only the size but also the pose is reclining position. Actually, in Japan, Buddha common pose is sitting representing meditating meanwhile reclining poses representing his death to Nirvana. Mostly reclining common in south east Asia and it is a common sense because Nanzoin temple has been sending air to Myanmar and Nepal for many years. So as gratitude, Myanmar Buddist council gave the temple some of Buddha ashes and built it to house them.