Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu and is about 880km west of Tokyo. Fukuoka is not as widely known on the International scene as some of Japan’s other big cities, but has transformed itself over the last decade into one of Japan’s most cosmopolitan and internationalised cities. Fukuoka has been placed in the spotlight recently as a model green city and all of this has taken place before the March disaster bought energy conserving measures throughout Japan.
Fukuoka serves Japan as a major domestic and international gateway and is connected to Tokyo and southern Kyushu by the Shinkansen bullet train. The city itself is very vibrant and user-friendly offering expansive parks, museums, shopping and entertainment. In Japan, the city is known for its beautiful women, known as ‘Hakata bijin’ and its feisty baseball team called the Daiei Hawks.
The main sights of Fukuoka include:
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine – one of the main shrines in Japan dedicated to Tenjin
Kyushu National Museum - the first new national museum in Japan in over 100 years
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum – some of the finest Asian Contemporary Art
Canal City Hakata – Fukuoka’s six-building shopping and entertainment complex
Space World theme park – a popular theme park created in 1990 and featuring a space theme
Fukuoka is 5 hours from Tokyo and costs 22,000 yen on the Nozomi
Approx 110 mins by air from Tokyo's Haneda Airport
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