Things to Do in Fukuoka: One Day Itinerary

Fukuoka, the largest city on Kyushu Island, is a magnet for high-end brands, drawing visitors from neighboring cities. However, beyond the glamour, Fukuoka offers a rich array of sightseeing spots that cater to both locals and international visitors.

In this post, I’ll outline activities you can enjoy if you find yourself in this city for just a day.

Visit Shrines

Fukuoka, with its revered shrines and temples, boasts some of Japan’s oldest. A visit to one of these sacred sites offers profound reflections that are sure to leave you amazed.

Kushida Shrine

This is the oldest Shinto shrine in Fukuoka, dating back to the 757. It is also the home to the biggest festival in this city, the Yamakasa Gion Matsuri.

Upon entering the shrine, you’re greeted by a pleasantly serene atmosphere. Your eyes are immediately drawn to a century-old ginkgo tree, standing prominently as the sole grandeur. In spring, vibrant sakura trees grace the surroundings with their full bloom. Casting your gaze further, the ema board comes into view, inviting you to inscribe your wishes on the wooden plaques.

Admission: FREE

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

Dazaifu Tenmangu is a popular Shinto shrine for students to visit before entrance examinations.

This is the Dazaifu Tanmangu Shrine in Fukuoka. A lot of people can be seen in the photo each praying for ther heart's desires.

Admission: FREE

Shop in Tenjin Fukuoka

Tenjin is the place that caters to your shopping needs. Daimaru, Tenjin Core, Parco, and Loft are department stores teeming with high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Moncler, to name a few. If you’ve been eyeing on one of these brands, you know where to go.

This the Daimaru department store located close to Fukuoka Tenjin Station. If one of the things you want to do in Fukuoka is shopping, this is where you should go.
This is the Daimaru department store located close to Tenjin Station.

Eat Fukuoka’s Tonkostu Ramen

Fukuoka takes pride in being the birthplace of Japan’s renowned tonkotsu ramen. For the uninitiated, tonkotsu is a flavorful Japanese broth crafted from pork marrow. It would be a missed opportunity to be in Fukuoka and not savor this iconic dish at its place of origin. Ensure you indulge in the authentic tonkotsu ramen experience to appreciate the distinctive taste that sets it apart. What are your thoughts on trying this culinary gem?

Shop and Dine in Canal City, Hakata

Canal City in Hakata is a renowned shopping mall centered around an artificial canal. Beyond shopping and dining, daily events keep visitors entertained. The nighttime fountain show is a particular highlight, and it’s a must-see for reasons that are best discovered in person.

The greenery they put together on the mall’s facade is a sight for sore eyes.

Relax in Ohori Park

After a day packed with sightseeing, a serene conclusion awaits you at Ohori Park. The expansive pond at the park’s center provides a fulfilling sense of tranquility. For a touch of excitement, consider taking a swan boat ride – just one of the many activities the park offers. Whether it’s a leisurely jog, a quiet moment on a bench with a book, or exploring various options, Ohori Park provides a perfect retreat to unwind from your day-trip adventures.

Ohori Park is a big park in the city of Fukuoka. This place is for everyone who wants to take a break from the bustle of the city.

Visit Fukuoka Museum of Art

After a relaxing time in Ohori Park, follow the path within the park that leads to the museum. It’s a great way to extend your peaceful experience and explore some art along the way. Admission is free, but they do have paid special exhibitions. Don’t worry, though – intriguing artworks are displayed outside the museum without an admission fee.

This artwork is by the famous Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This one's a giant pumpkin with distinctive dots on it, the artist's signature. You'll chance upon this outside the Fukuoka Art Museum.
This artwork is by the famous Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama. This one’s a giant pumpkin with a lot of dots on it, the artist’s trademark.

Here you go, everyone! A day might seem brief for a trip, but effective time management makes it achievable. I’m confident it’ll work out, just like it did for us!

By the way, if you have plans to go to the neighboring prefecture, Nagasaki, please read this.

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