Most people go to Shanghai or Tokyo when planning a trip to Japan. While the two cities boast many incredible features and activities, there is another place that all tourists have not yet appreciated. Fukuoka, the end of the bullet train line, is an urban wonderland with a lot to offer.
This city that remains off of many tourist paths might be your new favorite tourist destination. It is home to 1.5 million residents and is slowly becoming one of the most popular places to visit in Japan.
Fukuoka offers glitz and glamor with a vibrant food scene that may just convince you to stay forever. It is also home to a thriving nightlife, unlike anything you have ever seen. Lively festivals are also in plenty and what makes the city so vibrant and energetic. It is the place to be if you are looking for fun, culture, and a generally good time.
Festivals and Nightlife
Fukuoka is the nightlife capital of Kyushu Island. There are many clubs in the city that are open all through the night. Bars and concert halls are more popular and just as many. The city is known for its izakaya and thriving karaoke scene. The night introduces you to the town in a new light. Specifically, neon disco lights indicating that the party here does not stop.
Festivals are also a top priority in this city, and they are as lively as they are entertaining. One of the festivals you are sure to see is the race through the streets carrying one-ton floats. This is a fun display of what the city is all about and has been marked as one of the most entertaining festivals in the country. If you are lucky, you will see a magical display of 6000 lanterns at a forest shrine. This festival puts all other magical moments to shame.
Japanese cuisine is hardly talked about. Everyone loves Chinese food, but not everyone has experienced the savory tastes of this country. When in Japan, there is only one place you should consider going to for yummy delicacies. Even locals from m other parts of the country will tell you that Fukuoka is known for food. The city is well known for its b-gourmet dishes such as mentaiko and hakaka ramen. While you are there, be sure to try the motsunabe that can be found among lively vatai street vendors. These vendors have local chefs who will give you an authentic experience of the tasty food at an affordable price. Just be sure to bring your appetite.
Temples and Shrines
Fukuoka also offers a more chilled experience to unwind and learn a thing or two. It is home to temples and shrines that are amongst the oldest in Japan. The most popular is the Tochoji Temple that is home to the 30 ton wooden Buddha. You can also see the 6000 palm trees of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine. Both these places offer beauty and a little bit of history about the city. It is an enjoyable experience for all who visit.… Read More →