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Fukuoka, Itineraries, Kyushu

Fukuoka 1 day itinerary

Fukuoka is Japans 7th largest city, and definitely requires (and deserves) more than 1 day if you want to understand it fully. It is however still possible to get a great impression of the city even if you have just a single day to spend. This itinerary is designed to make sure you hit all the most important spots in the central city in just one day. If you have more days, then check out the 2-day itinerary or 3-day itinerary. To get a historical perspective on the city, the “Historical Hakata Tour” is recommended as an addition to this self guided tour. 

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Looking for a cheap place to stay in Fukuoka? Check out The Life Hostel or see on of the recommended hotels at the bottom of the page. book a hotel here.

1-day itinerary Fukuoka

09:00Ohori Park and Fukuoka Castle Ruins
10:30Fukuoka Tower
13:00Tenjin area strolling and shopping
15:00Tochoji temple
15:30Temple and shrine stroll
16:30Kushida Shrine
17:00Canal City shopping
18:003D Water Projection Show at Canal City (free)
18:30Stroll Nakasu area
19:30Dinner at Yatai food stalls in Nakasu area
20:30Drinks around Nakasu

Itinerary details

Ohori Park fukuoka


Ohori Park is a beautiful public park located centrally in Fukuoka, and a great place to start the day. The park centers around a large pond with three small islands. Near Ohori Park you find Fukuoka Castle Ruins, the foundation and boulders left of Fukuoka Castle. The castle was demolished in connection with the Meiji restoration, but enough remains to give an idea of the the size and area it covered. The castle ruins are located in Maizuru Park which is a prime spot for cherry blossom (sakura) viewing in early spring.

Nearest station: Ōhorikōen Station.

Entry fee: free


View from fukuoka tower


Fukuoka Tower is a 234m. (768ft) tall observation tower on the west side of central Fukuoka. The tower is located on the coast and therefore offers a magnificent view of both Fukuoka and the sea from it’s observation decks.

Nearest station: Nishijin station. From Nishijin station take bus 6, 15 or 94.

Entry fee: ¥600 for foreign tourists

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Tenjin area in Fukuoka. Across building.


Tenjin is the hip shopping district of Fukuoka. This is where all the major brands have their shops. It’s also in this area where you find the major Japanese department stores. It’s a great place to do some (window) shopping and get a coffee. Don’t miss Tenjin central park, where you can’t miss the plant covered ACROS building. If you have the energy, then take the walking path up to the top of the building where you have a great view over the area and the sea. Read more.

Nearest station: Tenjin Station.

Area map: see here.

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Tochoji Temple, Fukuoka


Tocho-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple located in Fukuoka. It is one of the major attractions within the city, and is a definite must-visit when in Fukuoka. Main attractions here are The Great Buddha of Fukuoka, The walk through heaven and hell and the huge, red 5 story pagoda. If you are lucky enough to be visiting during Sakura season then you will be welcomed by an enormous cherry tree with thousands of delicate, pink flowers.

Nearest station: Gion Subway Station.

Entry fee: Free. Donation to see Buddha.

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Temple stroll in Fukuoka, neat Tochoji temple


Temple stroll. Immediately behind the premises of Tochoji, boardering to the river, is an area full of smaller but yet beautiful temples. I highly recommend taking this short stroll around the area to enjoy the peace of the quiet backstreets. It’s also in this area where you can find the larger Shogukuji zen temple.

Nearest station: Gion Subway Station.

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kushida shrine, fukuoka


Kushida Shrine is a really interesting shrine located very near Fukuokas night life district, Nakasu. This shrine is home of the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival, which is also why some of the festivals enormous floats are stored and displayed on the shrines grounds.  Take some time to explore the large area belonging to the shrine. There are many small curiosities and interesting details to be found around Kushida, like the Chikara Ishi stones – a set of huge, engraved stones which Sumo wresters have donated to the shrine. The stones are moved in place by the wrestlers as a proof of strength. There is a trial stone on the ground where you can try your own strength.

Nearest station: Gion Subway Station.

Entry fee: free

Canal City Hakata, Fukuoka


Canal City is a massive shopping complex, located near Nakasu and Kushida Shrine. The complex is famous for it’s venetian inspired water ways and it’s water projection shows. It’s a big multi-level shopping mall featuring all sorts of shops, cafes, restaurants, game centers and a cinema. It’s a good place to explore and get lost in the many interesting shops, while waiting for the next water projection show.

Nearest station: Gion Subway Station. Best accessed by foot or bus.
Entry fee: free

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water projection show at canal city hakata, fukuoka


Water Projection Show. At Canal City there is a famous 3D water projection show which is hugely popular. Tourists and locals come to see the combination of light, water fountains and 3D projections of popular anime and movie features, like One Piece and Godzilla. The shows are free, and last around 10 minutes each.

Nearest station: Gion Subway Station. Best accessed by foot or bus.

Entry fee: free

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nakasu area, fukuoka


Nakasu is Fukuokas nightlife district. The area is effectively located on an island, but is connected to both sides by a large number of bridges. It’s a fun place with many charming back alleys to explore in the early evening. Nakasu is the perfect place to get a quick dinner or drink.

Nearest station: Nakasukawabata Station. If you arrive from Canal City, then Nakasu is reachable in few minutes by foot.

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Yatai Food Stalls, Nakasu, Fukuoka


Yatai Food Stalls (Dinner). Fukuoka is home to a large number of Yatai Food Stalls. Yatai are small, temporary food stands in the street. They are often covered, and can seat 6-10 people at a time. Seats are normally around a counter where one or two guys prepare your food while you watch. It’s a great place to get an authentic dinner and a chance to talk to strangers. Nakasu is home to the most famous area of Yatai Food Stalls in the city.

Nearest station: Nakasukawabata Station. If you arrive from Canal City, then Nakasu is reachable in few minutes by foot.

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Planning your stay in Fukuoka

Hotels and accommodation

Booking hotels in advance is advisable, especially during Sakura season. Head over to booking.com or Agoda to explore all hotel options in Fukuoka.

Hotel Nikko Fukuoka
Luxury hotel with direct access to train and subway. One of the best in Fukuoka.
Reserve with booking.com
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The Life Hostel
Perfect budget stay (dorms and privates), located close to Canal City.
Reserve with hostelworld
Reserve with agoda
Candeo Hotels Fukuoka Tenjin
Super central location in Tenjin, close to everything. Hotel has rooftop spa!
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The Lively Hakata
Good location in Nakasu area. Modern rooms and good service.
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Reserve with agoda

Pocket Wi-Fi and SIM-cards

Having an internet connection can help you a great deal when navigating the streets of a new city. Booking Pocket Wi-Fi or getting a Japanese SIM-card for your phone can be a great way to help yourself out of a tricky situation.

Rent portable Wi-Fi Buy Data SIM-card

Transport in Fukuoka

Fukuoka has a small, but useful subway network which is great for moving around between the city’s attractions. Combined with the city’s massive network of busses, it is easy to get around in Fukuoka.

1 or 2 Day Pass for Fukuoka Subway 

Map of Fukuoka Subway. Source: wikimedia.org, licensed under CC.

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  1. Yuko Benedetti says:

    I am interested in the above one day itinerary but unsure whether it’s a guided tour or on my own tour. Sounds like a full day but fun. Thank you for your reply in advance.

    1. touristinjapan says:

      Hi Yuko,
      Thanks for the question. It’s a self guided tour. It’s a very tightly packed schedule as it is made for people with just 1 day to spare. If you have more time, then I recommend to spread it out a bit 🙂

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