You heard about Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hiroshima for sure, but what about Fukuoka? Where is it located in Japan? Is it as nice as the other big cities I mentioned?
Fukuoka City in Fukuoka Prefecture is located in Kyushu, one of the four main islands in Japan. The other three main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu and Shikoku. Most of the big and famous cities are located in Honshu, where the capital Tokyo is. So, what’s in Fukuoka?
Generally speaking, Japanese people are well-known to be kind. They are very disciplined and considerate of others. It is embedded in their culture. On the not so positive side, they tend be shy and rather run away from foreigners. It is not that case in Fukuoka. Most of the people in Fukuoka are open to foreigners. They are very outgoing and are well-known as the friendliest people all over Japan. They like to engage in conversation with foreigners. Be always prepared to say “Konnichiwa” and answer questions such as “Where are you from?” and “Why did you come to Japan?” anytime.
When in Fukuoka, go to Fukuoka Tower and see the amazing view of the city; go to the nearby Ohori park and take a walk around the big pond; go to Tenjin and shop until you drop; go to Hakata and enjoy the blend of culture and tradition and industrialization. Take note, you can go to anywhere in Japan from Hakata station – the gateway of the city. Enjoy outdoor recreation in Nokonoshima Island and Uminonakamichi.
When in Japan, try eating the very popular noodle soup called Ramen. And when it’s Ramen, it should be Hakata Ramen in Fukuoka. There are so many different flavours of Ramen, according to regional taste. But, I bet, the best Ramen is Hakata Ramen.
A gem in the southwest Japan, Fukuoka, is indeed a great vacation destination or more than that, a good place to reside. It might not be as big and famous as other big cities throughout Japan, but it has its own glamour and charm. There are so many fun things you can do and great things you can find in Fukuoka. Go! Get there! Discover and experience it yourself.