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Raizan Sennyо̄ji Daihiо̄in: Exploring Itoshima’s ‘Thunder Mountain.’

Itoshima's 'Thunder Mountain' is home to Raizan Sennyо̄ji Daihiо̄in temple, a repository of artefacts sequestered among the cedars.

Fish and Tranquility? You’ve Never Been to Oshima!

The chances are high that you've never been to Fukuoka Prefecture's secluded island of Oshima. In fact, some residents of Fukuoka have never even heard of Oshima. Is it some kind of conspiracy? Does the minuscule island, recently added to the Munakata...

Three Days in Fukuoka: Food Stalls, Islands and Hakata Ramen

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One of Japan’s 10 most populated cities, Fukuoka is a bustling, vibrant place. With white-sand beaches, blue water, fresh seafood and sumptuous Hakata style ramen, there's so much to do and eat that you'll likely want to return to sample it some...

Sumiyoshi Shrine: Traditional Architecture and Powerful Sumo

Not far from Fukuoka’s Naka River, the Sumiyoshi Shrine sits as it has for centuries, shaded by old, leafy trees and bearing witness to countless prayers from countless worshippers. Though the buildings date back to 1623, the history of the shrine can...

Floats, Zodiacs and a Fountain of Youth: Kushida Shrine

A gentle breeze flaps the tall flags at the entrance to Kushida Shrine as I wait for a chance to cross the street. At first glance it appears like any other jinja but, in fact, it’s one of the oldest and most...

Canal City: A Shopping Oasis in Central Fukuoka

Called the oasis within the city, Canal City is a massive complex housing hundreds of shops, a theatre, game centre, cinemas, two hotels and a namesake canal that winds through it all. With everything you need to shop until you drop, rest...

Family Fun At Fukuoka’s Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

If you’re searching for a fun family activity in Fukuoka, look no further than Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. Located on a thin peninsula opposite the city, with the Genkai Sea on one side and Hakata Bay on the...

Daimyo: Fukuoka’s Super Cool Neighbourhood

Amitabha Tattoo shop in Daimyo. As a one-stop-shop for craft beer, ‘grammable food, vintage clothes, record stores and tattoos, Daimyo is inarguably one of Fukuoka’s coolest neighbourhoods. You’ll find this—dare we say hipster—haunt between Tenjin and Akasaka stations....

Fantastic Florals at Nokonoshima Island Park

The Nokonoshima Island Park is a go-to spot for flower and nature enthusiasts on Kyushu. With sweeping views and hills blanketed in seasonal flowers, it’s one of the most charming day trips in Fukuoka. Amazingly, this attraction...

A Day Trip to Ainoshima: Fukuoka’s Cat Island

Peaceful scenes on the cat island If you’re even a little bit of a cat person, it will interest you to know that Japan has a number of ‘cat islands’ off its coasts. Over time, the number of...

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