Home of Kyushu’s largest cities in Fukuoka and Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県, Fukuoka-ken) is the southern metropolis of Japan and the gateway to Kyushu. While you’re in the big cities, be sure to try some tonkotsu ramen at one of the many food stalls, as well as seasoned cod roe (mentaiko).
Despite its urbanity, however, Fukuoka is also the location of the first Zen Buddhist temple in Japan, Shofukuji, the renowned Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine, the relaxing hot springs in the Chikushino area, as well as countless picturesque parks and gardens. Or you can take a stroll around the Moji-ko Retro District, where many buildings have been preserved from the Meiji period.
Visit in early May during Golden Week and you can witness the Hakata Dontaku festival.
Kowakamai, a 700 year old dance style, is still performed every year on Janaury 20th in southern Fukuoka prefecture.
Yanagawa's Hina Festival Opening Parade brings the figurines of Girls' Day to life.
Staying in a comfortable hotel in Tenjin, the busiest area in Fukuoka City, will enhance your vacation in the biggest city of Kyushu...