Fukuoka : my advices and secrets
three places you shouldn't miss in FUKUOKA city
Nonokoshima island | my visitLocated at a 10 minute boat off Fukuoka, the island is the perfect place to see seasonal flowers all the year long. The large Nokonoshima Island park has of gigantic flowers fields overlooking the sea making it a popular spot for photos. Cosmos fields in October and sunflowers ones in summer are especially impressive.
Tocho-ji temple | my visitsNot far from Hakata Station, the temple is easily recognizable thanks to its 5-storey pagoda.
On the second floor of the temple, there is the largest wooden Buddha statue of Japan (photos are forbidden). Enter under the statue by its right side: a long, narrow tunnel plunged into total darkness awaits you. Then try to find the metal ring on the right side wall. Make a wish by touching it to achieve bliss. Claustrophobic and people afraid of black to abstain.
Just beside the temple, there is an excellent mochi and senbei (rice cracker) store called Mochi Yoshi (もち吉). People can enjoy different kinds for free and an original packaging bottled water is offered for every purchase.
Ohori and Maizuru parks | my visits
The Ohori Park is famous for its big lake surrounded by a 3km walk. There are also children playgrounds, a Starbucks, restaurants or froze yogurt shops. You can also rent a swan boat. It is the perfect place for a jog, a walk or a picnic with friends or family, on a date or even alone. Within the park, there is a Japanese garden, the Fukuoka city art museum and a theater / museum about No.
Its neighbor Maizuru park contains the remains of Fukuoka Castle. Archaeological excavations are underway and people can even visit the sites for free !
This park is full of seasonal flowers and is great to visit in all seasons: in winter for plum trees, at spring for cherry blossoms, in summer for water lilies or in autum for maple trees, and so on !
These are two places where I come when I want to relax and walk quietly.
three places you shouldn't miss in FUKUOKA prefecture
Dazaifu | my visitsThis former regional capital is a popular place with its many temples and shrines, traditional houses, its shopping street and the Kyushu National Museum. Pleasant in any season , Dazaifu is particularly visited in late winter for its 6000 plum trees and in autumn for its beautiful colors. Take time to stop for a photo of Starbucks which has a very creative design, created by architect Kengo Kuma . There is even a kimono rental service, ideal for walking between traditional buildings.
Nanzoin's Great Reclining Buddha | my visitThe biggest reclining Buddha statue in Japan is really impressive ! The wholearea is also very nice to visit with many small shrines lost in the woods, statues and so on.
At the exit of the nearest station there is a musical bridge. Take one of the sticks and try to reproduce a Japanese traditional song .
Yanagawa | my visitAlso called the Kyushu's little Venic, this small town in the south of the prefecture is interspersed with numerous canals. People can ride gondolas to cross the town and reach the historic center with its many temples, old houses and restaurants serving grilled eel.
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a not to miss festival
To attend the festival in the best conditions, I to reserve your place around midnight (the festival starts at 4:59am), the best place being near the Gion-machi subway station and have Hakata station in your back. Here is the 2015 course map by Fukuoka Now magazine
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