Fukuoka (福岡市) is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city has a diverse culture and a wide range of cultural attractions.
Canal City Hakata is a large shopping and entertainment complex. Called the "city within the city", it boasts numerous attractions including shops, cafes, restaurants, a theater, a game center, cinemas, two hotels, and a canal, which runs through the complex. Located adjacent to Fukuoka's entertainment district and between the commercial and retail core of the city, Canal City has become a tourist attraction and commercial success for Fukuoka. It is the largest private development in the history of Japan. It is built with a distinctive fanciful style, with many curving sculptures and fountains and city of Fukuoka hardly visible, to create an atmosphere like an oasis away from the rest of the town. Canal City Hakata is within a 15 minute walk from either Hakata Station or Tenjin Station.
Kushida-jinja is a Shinto shrine located in Hakata-ku. Dedicated to Amaterasu (a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion) and Susanoo (the Shinto god of the sea and storms), it is said to have been founded in 757. The Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is centred on the shrine. Celebrated from the 1st to the 15th of July every year, the festival is famous for the Kakiyama, that weigh around one ton and are carried around the city as an act of float-racing. The festival is believed to be over 770 years old and attracts up to a million spectators each year.
Also known as Maizuru Castle or Seki Castle. Completed in the early Edo period, it has been decreed a historic site by the Japanese government. Construction began in 1601 and it was ompleted in 1607. The castle is said to have covered an area of 47,000 square metres (making it the largest in the Kyūshū region). The dry stone fortification was especially impressive, giving the castle the name "Seki-jō" (literally "Stone Castle").
This park is a registered Place of Scenic Beauty. The name Ōhori means a large moat and it derives from the fact that Kuroda Nagamasa, the old lord of Fukuoka, reclaimed the northern half of a cove or an inlet called Kusagae which was facing Hakata Bay and made a moat for the Fukuoka Castle. The present park was reconstructed by Fukuoka City, modeled on the West Lake of China, and opened in 1929. This park is one of the most beautiful water parks in Japan and loved by local people as a relaxation spot. A fireworks festival is held here every August.
The museum opened in 1990. Its permanent exhibition, which tells the history of Fukuoka, is arranged in eleven sections, including those focusing upon the King of Na gold seal (National Treasure), the Kuroda clan, and the Hakata Gion Yamakasa (the famous festival held in Kushida Shrine).
Completed in 1989, the Fukuoka Tower is a 234 metre tall tower located in the Momochihama area. It is the tallest seaside tower in Japan. Fukuoka Tower has a triangular cross-section which is covered with 8000 half-mirrors, giving it the appearance of a skyscraper. Because of this, it has been given the nickname "Mirror Sail". The half-mirrors reflect the sky when viewed from outside the structure but allow visitors to see outside while riding elevators to the top. There are three observation decks: one at 116 metres, a café/lounge deck at 120 metres, and the highest at 123 metres above the ground.