If you’re planning to spend a bit of time in Kyushu, chances are you’ll end up visiting Fukuoka city at some point! Tenjin and Hakata are great places to go shopping and to find some delicious places to eat – but where should you go for a family day out? Keep reading to find out!
There are 2 main places you’ll want to visit in Fukuoka city, and since they are fairly close to each other, you can easily visit both in a single day.
Ohori Park is probably Fukuoka’s number 1 tourist spot. It is a large park that has a large pond in the middle. For 600 yen ($6) you can ride around the lake in a boat for 30 minutes. For those who lack confidence in arm stamina, swan boats are 1000 yen ($10/30min) and for 1600 yen ($16/30) you can ride a family-sized swan boat.
Half the pond is filled with huge carp and is fishing prohibited, while in the other half you’re allowed to fish to your heart’s content.
There is also a Japanese-style garden you can check out, as well as the remains of Fukuoka castle. While there isn’t much left of the castle apart from some huge walls, there are some great views to be seen. Located in the park there is also a cafe and a children’s play area.
Fukuoka Tower and Beach
Not too far from the park is Fukuoka tower (you can see the tower in the distance, but those with young children may be better catching a train or a bus). For a somewhat expensive price (we gave it a miss) you can go to the top of the tower to see stunning views of Fukuoka from high up above. There is also a small department store around here, but the main attraction is definitely the beach.
Click here to visit the English website for Fukuoka tower.
Towards the beach is a big fancy church and a few restaurants and shops. While the beach doesn’t have the beautiful white sands you may be hoping for, it is probably the most accessible beach if you’re staying in the city.