Fukuoka Prefecture is the commercial capital of Kyushu, and in terms of trading, it plays a gateway role to Asia.
This film features three families that migrated to Fukuoka, focusing on what migration has meant for their children.
Tourist Attractions in Fukuoka Prefecture
Kawachi Fuji Garden (or Kawachi Wisteria Garden) was chosen as one of “Japan’s 31 most beautiful places” by CNN America, and it is a very popular site among tourists from home and abroad. The tunnel made with various kinds of wisteria and the large trellis with flowering vines overhead are beauties that can’t be found anywhere but here.
Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, where lots of worshippers from around Japan come to visit, is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, known as the god of “learning, high integrity, and talisman against bad luck.” It is for sure, a must-visit place when coming to Fukuoka.
Shima Sunset Road is a popular driving course, designated as one of “Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunsets.” You can see the Meoto Iwa (Husband and Wife rocks) in Futamigaura beach, and the sun going down behind them is worth watching.
Kushida Shrine has an ancient and honorable origin, where well-known festivals such as the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival, Hakata Okunchi Festival and Hakata Dontaku Festival take place. It is also popular for Japan’s largest “Otafuku” mask. It is believed that passing through this mask’s mouth brings good fortune.
Hanging around Fukuoka
In Nokonoshima Island Park, located in the island of Nokonoshima, you can revel in the sight of seasonal plants and flowers, try out pottery and athletic facilities, go to the mini zoo and much more. You can even enjoy playing its original sport activity called “Nokonoko Ball,” which is similar to Gateball.
When speaking of Hakata, its powerful festivals are point worthy of note. During the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in July, watching men sprint through the towns of Hakata while carrying the Mikoshi (portable shrines) on their shoulders, is an impressive site. At the Hakata Dontaku Festival celebrated in May, gorgeous parades and performances get the town into a festival mood.
Cuisine and Souvenirs from Fukuoka
Hakata ramen is famous in Fukuoka. Its rich Tonkotsu (pork bone) soup broth marries its thin noodles, making it simply irresistible.
Associated with the Tobiume’s (flying plum tree) legend in Dazaifu Tenmangu, Chikushian’s Dazaifu Burger is also a popular local gourmet. Its juicy fried chicken perfectly matches its plum tartar sauce, creating a refreshing taste.
If you want to try Fukuoka’s cuisine all at once, the Yatai Gai (streets with food stands) in Nakasu is highly recommended. Here, you can find various kinds of food stands, including ramen. The closeness between customers and stand keepers is also distinctive of this place.
A standard souvenir from Fukuoka would definitely be Meigetsudo’s Hakata Torimon. It is a blending of traditional Japanese sweet and Western style sweet, adding fresh cream and butter into Hakata’s traditional recipe. The mild sweet white bean paste gently melts down over your tongue.
Depending on the brand, the taste of Mentaiko (seasoned cod roes) vary. There are a wide range of flavors: from mild ones that even children can eat, up to spicy ones. It is recommendable to try them before purchasing.