My A to Z Travel Challenge – F is for Fukuoka

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is the first place we stopped at during our road trip through the Kyushu Islands.  It is a city of canals, waterways and bridges.  It said to be the oldest city in Japan.  We were staying at the Hotel Okura which is located overlooking the Hakata River.  As we were only here for two nights we didn’t have much time to see this city so had to decide where we wanted to see most.

Walking over one of the canals on our first night. 

In the lobby of the Hotel Okura 

Fukuoka Castle Ruins

I really wanted to see one of the castles here but was a bit disappointed that it was only ruins!  But we had a good walk around and there were some great views over the city from the top.  Built at the beginning of the 17th Century and torn down in the 19th Century, because it was viewed as an unwanted symbol of the feudal past.

Fukuoka at dusk 

One of the shopping centres we walked through

Fukuoka is also home to the famous Canal City which is called a city within a city, and has a canal running through it.  Unfortunately we didn’t have time for a wander around as we chose to go to Nokonoshima Island instead.

For our last night we stopped at a British Pub called Morris Hippo! strange name and enjoyed a few drinks here before dinner at Cafe Otto overlooking the canal.

Our handsome drivers! 

Other places to visit in Fukuoka:

Fukuoka Tower
Ohori Park
Tochoji Temple
Kushida Temple

Hopefully we’ll visit again as I enjoyed Fukuoka very much


F is finished and next up is G!






  1. Japan is one of those places sat near the very top of my bucket list! I find it such an alluring and beautiful place. I’d love to go and visit some of the temples and try some of their traditional cuisine. Thanks for sharing this!

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    • Thanks for your comment. It’s a very interesting country and we plan to go back again and see different parts. My husband was born there and speaks Japanese so it was easy for us to drive around.

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