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The Smart Traveller’s guide to Fukuoka 福岡

An account of what I found nifty & very useful during my 5 day trip to Fukuoka

 

Once you get past the juvenile snigger of your airport bag boldly gilded with Fukuoka Aiport Terminal-Fukuoka or FAT-FUK for short, you’ll be immediately relieved to realise that Fukuoka’s main station, Hakata(博多) is a solid 5 minutes from the Airport.

 

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My Evidence

 

 

For those who know the obligatory, expensive ride from Narita airport to Tokyo, this was a very welcomed change.

 

 

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FUK-Information


Fukuoka is a medium-sized coastal city in the north of Kyushu- one of Japan’s main islands. With a large economy and being famous for its delicious food and beautiful beaches, Fukuoka is a must-see spot for those coming to Japan or looking for something new.

As Fukuoka is close to the South Korean southern coast, many South Korean tourists come to enjoy the city via the many cheap flight options and famous beetle ferry which takes you from Busan to Fukuoka in about 3 hours. (for those wanting to plan an asia trip this is a perfect way to transition between Japan-Korea and also get an opportunity to take some stunning tropical island pictures). Thank you to the abundance or korean tourists, there are several delicious Korean restaurants all over the city which is always music to my ears.

 

 

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Property of BeetleFerry

FUK-Food


 

So where to start? Food, its an easy crowd pleaser. Fukuoka is renowned for a host of delicious dishes including the famous Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen (thin noodles, thick pig-bone soup), Hiyoko sweets and Niwaka Senbei Crackers- Shown here in stunning Galaxy S8 Standard vision.

 

Ramen Stadium

 

Address: 1 Chome-2 Sumiyoshi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0018

I am not a big ramen fan but for those who are- here is the super popular ramen stadium. A large hallway for varoius different types of ramen shop. all food fans should go just for the atmosphere and a sick picture like seen below;

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Ichiran- Fukuoka’s most famous ramen shop: known for its innovative way to eat alone without the embarrassment 20 level spicy which is why the chilliepowder is piling out the bowl

FUK-Activities


 

This may be a small city but it is absolutely crammed with stuff to do. Even if you’re a Japan FOB or a typhoon & earthquake hardened resident of Japan there is a medley of things to see and do in the city of Fukuoka

Why not start with the Towers;

 

Fukuoka has 2 towers of note, those being Fukuoka tower and Hakata Port Tower. Fukuoka tower, standing at 234m, is significantly taller than Hakata port tower standing at 104m.  Lets look at the details…

 

Hakata Port Tower

 

The view from Hakata Port tower is pretty stunning and not being so well documented on the brochures, makes it a worthwhile and quiet visit.

Address: 14-1 Chikkohonmachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0021

Ticket Price: FREE

View of Tower:

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View From Tower:

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Fukuoka Tower

 

Fukuoka tower is the centrepiece of the Fukuoka tourism industry, a gorgeous modern tower built in 1989. This tower is worth going to at night as you will be able to see the animated LED shows on the town walls. When I went there was a goldfish design swimming across the entire structure I dare say it was actually more of a spectical than the Tokyo counterpart. But get your tickets quick because 6pm-8pm will have you in a queue for 1 hour plus.

Address: 2 Chome-3-26 Momochihama, Sawara Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 814-0001

Ticket Price: 800yen or 640yen for Gaijin! bring your passports if you are not a Japanese national- you could buy an entire coffee from a convenience store with that extra cash

View of Tower:

View from Tower:

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Anmitsu Hime (Bean-Jam Princess)

 

Address
Gekidan Anmitsu Hime 劇団あんみつ姫
3-7-13 Tenjin, Chuo-ku | MT 20 Bldg. 2F
Fukuoka 810-0001, Fukuoka Prefecture
Phone: 81 92-725-2550

You can book your tickets with the Japanican link here. Or you can apply at the door or via the Fukuoka Tourism information site.

Ticket Price: 5000yen (or free on special events advertised by “FUKUOKA NOW”)

drinks are 500yen per can or 1000yen Nomihoudai (all you can drink)

This was a show I was invited to by a Fukuoka native- this was by far my favourite part of this trip. Located a short walk from Fukuoka’s party district station-Tenjin, Anmistsu Hime is an Okama Show (Drag-show/ Gay Show) featuring a diverse cast of female and male actors,dancers, singers and comedians in a 2 hour show. Whether your speak japanese or not there is a lot to get our of this show. It is a vibrant, funny and colourful experience which cannot be missed for any of those coming to Fukuoka. If anyone has an interest or is a fan of Kabukicho’s robot restaurant you will absolutely LOVE this.

 

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Fukuoka Beach

 

Just at the footstep of Fukuoka tower, Fukuoka beach hosts a myriad of interesting beachside venues; specialised ice cream shops, Outdoor seafood BBQs, even a wedding chapel. For those who love the beach life and the unbearable sun- this is definitely a spot you will want to check out-

Me being paper white (I mean..blue) I sadly can’t enjoy the beach to any degree so please just take these pictures as evidence

 

 

 

Ohori Park

A very charming park surrounding and intertwining with a large lake filled with turtles.

Address: 1-2 Ohorikoen, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0051

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Standard park affair- frozen yogurts and swan boats- if that’s your thing- a parks a park no matter where you go in Japan.

 

 

Well thats a little bit about my favourite place in Japan, if you enjoyed my blog or learned something please leave a like or a comment-

 

Until next time,

 

Zelli

 

 

 

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