If you want to unwind from the rush of Tokyo but still want to have that Tokyo night hustle, then Fukuoka can offer you exactly that…and more! As the largest city in Kyushu region and one of Japan’s largest cities, Fukuoka sits next to Tokyo with the highest number of bars, cabarets, and clubs in Japan. It is also known for its temples and attractions. But among all, Fukuoka has raised its banner to become the center of the ramen craft with over 2,000 ramen shops in the city.
Each city in Japan has its own temple but the head shrine of more 3,000 “Tenmangu” shrines that spread across Japan is located in Fukuoka, the Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine. Dazaifu Tenmangu is one of the most popular shrines in Fukuoka, particularly among students as it enshrines a deity of study, Michizane Sugawara. Apart from that, it is also believed to help people find love.
Other shrines that are particularly loved by locals are Kushida Shrine and Koinoki Shrine. During the last two weeks of January, the entrance of Kushida Shrine displays the biggest Okafuku (Japanese traditional mask of a homely woman) in Japan. It is said that passing through the mask to visit the shrine may bring good fortune. On the other hand, Koinoki Shrine is filled with heart-shaped things, from the archway down to the ground and all the way to the main shrine. It is said that visiting the shrine while thinking of someone you love, that person will recognize your feelings.
There are also a lot of old and historical temples in Fukuoka that are considered very sacred such as Kashii Gu, Miyajidake Jinja, and Koura Taisha which are all built over 1600 years ago.
Attractions and Activities
Even though Fukuoka is relatively far from Tokyo, it still has a lot of establishments that can par that of Tokyo. The Daimyo district is home to some of Fukuoka’s best bars, cafés, and restaurants. Daimyo is also known for its many vintage shops. If you enjoy shopping and looking for affordable designer brands and other hipsters stuff, then this place is a must-visit for you.
Another famous attraction in Fukuoka is the Fukuoka Castle Ruins (Maizuru Castle). Even though only ruins are left, the place still attracts visitors due to the marvelous structure of the castle. The view looks especially stunning during spring as the cherry blossom trees that surround the castle blooms, giving the place an ethereal royalty vibe.
Ramen and other Food
Fukuoka was featured in a guide published by Michelin in 2014 and what made everyone surprised is the number of restaurants that earned the Michelin star. Aside from that fact, Fukuoka is also already known as the ramen capital of the world with over 2,000 ramen shops in the city, but it is especially known for its specialty dishes; Hakata Ramen and Tonkotsu Ramen. If you’re planning to try the city’s specialty dish, then the best place to go is the Ramen Stadium at Canal City, a known shopping district in Fukuoka.
In addition to that, you can also include a food trip to your itinerary and visit anywhere along the streets of the city at night where dozens of food stalls called yatai are displayed. These mini-restaurants offer different kinds of food at a very reasonable price.
Due to Fukuoka’s reputation about food, it basically gives an assurance to the locals and tourists that any food place you visit in Fukuoka will surely be worth it.
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