Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefective and is located in Japan, on the island of Kyushu. It's also the largest and most populated city, with newly built structures and a very modern and lively atmosphere. This destination has an interesting history. It was an important harbour city, for many centuries and the Mongols used it as a landing point in the 13th century. This city was once divided in two, Hakata and Fukuoka, prior to merging in 1889. The main station still uses the name Hakata and the port bears the same name. If you love the busy city life, this destination is for you. You'll also enjoy it if you appreciate nature, peace and tranquillity, as there are a number of beautiful public parks to visit, islands and temples too. Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is the perfect place for a family outing. It's a ferry or train ride away downtown and it has a swimming pool, amusement rides and Sea World, with an impressive variety of marine life and penguins. Tochoji Temple is a religious site and home to the giant statue of Buddha. The Great Buddha of Fukuoka stands at 33 feet and is a definite must-see. This temple is very peaceful and a welcome haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nokonoshima Island, located in Hakata Bay, is known for its breathtaking landscape, which is adorned with beautiful, rare flowers and plant species.
Best Time to Fly to Fukuoka
The spring season falls between the months of March and April and during this period pretty cherry blossoms are in full bloom, making the city extraordinarily scenic. The weather is also quite pleasant with comfortably mild temperatures. Autumn, between September and October, is also favoured for its good weather. FFukuoka celebrates the Golden Week in May with festivals like Hakatu Dontaku, which is known as being the oldest of its kind and attracts millions of visitors. Street processions fill the streets and decorated floats are an amazing sight to see.
The weather is very humid during June and July and the rainfall is significantly heavy too. You should find cheaper flights around this period for a summer vacation if the weather is not a deal breaker for you.
Getting around Fukuoka
Most locals and tourists use the metro to get around. It's fast, convenient and connected to most major tourist spots.