Where To Go Around Fukuoka

From castle ruins and shrines to pretty parks, Fukuoka has plenty of spots where you can sit still and Zen out — or snap a selfie or two.

Make the most of your Kyushu adventure by heading to these spots in Fukuoka.

Fukuoka Castle Ruins

Built in the early 1600s, Fukuoka Castle, in the middle of Fukuoka City, was the home of feudal lord Kuroda Nagamasa, who had been awarded the large tract of land for his role in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. When the feudal system crumbled during the Meiji Restoration, much of the castle was demolished, and what remains are reconstructed border walls and gates. The surrounding Maizuru Park, full of cherry trees, is among the top sakura viewing spots in the city.

 

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

In the small city of Dazaifu, students beseeching the gods for passing marks on exams often flock to this shrine, arguably the most important Tenmangu shrine in the country. Tenmangu shrines are dedicated to ninth-century scholar and politician Sugawara no Michizane who, following intrigue in the imperial court, was exiled from Kyoto to Daizafu. Built on Michizane’s grave site, the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine is particularly atmospheric, with symbolic arched garden bridges and majestic ancient camphor trees.

 

Futamigaura Bay

In the city of Itoshima, head over to Futamigaura Bay to view Meoto Iwa, or Husband and Wife Rocks, which are connected by a braided straw rope symbolizing a happy marriage. From the beach, the two rocks are framed by massive, white gates known as torii that mark a Shinto shrine.

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Discover Northern Kyushu with JR Kyushu’s Northern Kyushu Area Pass (JPY10,190 or Php4,785 per adult, valid for five days). The pass gives you access to JR Kyushu’s large network of Shinkansen, local and limited express trains. With frequent trips to most destinations, you’ll have greater control over your schedule and more time to enjoy the view. https://www.jrkyushu.co.jp/english/ 

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Tara Sering

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