Fukuoka is one of Japan’s largest cities, and is the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture. It sits on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island. As one of Japan’s premier cities, there are many places in and around Fukuoka that you can visit if you’re a tourist. Fukuoka is known for their ancient temples and ruins that are dated from the 17th century. It is also one of the reasons why more and more tourists flock the city each year. In line with that, here is our list of top 10 places to visit in Fukuoka:
Kyūshū National Museum
The first place that you should visit for sure is the Kyūshū National Museum. This museum opened for the first time in 2005.
This isn’t just a normal museum that you can find in Japan, as this is Japan’s first national museum in 100 years. The Kyūshū National Museum made headlines particularly for its architectural design, which is definitely something you shouldn’t miss out on.
Another great place that you can visit is the majestic Fukuoka Castle. What makes it interesting is the fact that you get to witness the rich history behind it.
According to researchers, the Fukuoka Castle – in its former glory – approximately measured 47,000 square meters and what’s left standing now is only a fraction of it. This is a fascinating fact that most people don’t know. Still, it is undeniable that a tour inside the castle will take you to decades of history, albeit only a portion of it is left.
Momochi Seaside Park
If you’re not much for museums or enclosed areas for the matter and would rather bask in Japan’s glorious weather, the Momochi Seaside Park should give you utter joy.
Momochi Seaside Park is more than just its picturesque beach and sparkling sand. It is also close to the Hawks Town Mall that boasts more than 100 shops. Even if you hadn’t planned on shopping, you won’t be able to resist the temptation of doing such.
People forget that Fukuoka is more than just a city full of history and temples. There are also charming beaches that lure tons of tourists each year. Pair the beach with Fukuoka’s perfect weather, the Momochi Seaside Park is regarded as a whole year attraction.
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Acros Fukuoka Building
You can visit the Acros Fukuoka Building. This will be a great outdoor experience for you.
Having more than 120 species of trees and a staggering 50,000 plants of all kinds, Acros is the perfect place for the nature lover and plant enthusiast. During the summer time, the whole are is overgrown by plants, making it impossible to barely see the building. All that you see is endless shades of green. Going inside the building would offer surprises you didn’t expect. What makes Acros fascinating is the fact that the building itself is an ordinary shopping district; what makes it extra special are the plants surrounding it.
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Nanzoin Temple and the Reclining Buddha
The Nanzoin Temple and the Reclining Buddha is something that every tourist must see. The structures are merely about 15 kilometers from Fukuoka Prefecture and are home to millions of tourists, including pilgrims, each year.
The Reclining Buddha is known as the largest bronze statue in the world. You could easily say that pictures won’t do this statue justice. Walking at the Nazoin temple is going to be an experience witnessing other smaller statues, bridges, and gardens that will take your breath away. This is a walk that many people will not forget. Not only is the Buddha statue impressive, but the surrounding area is peaceful and calm.
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