Fukuoka Vacations & Travel Packages!
The capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka is situated on the northern shore of the Kyushu Island in Japan. It is one of the largest cities in the country. Fukuoka is the administrative, cultural, and economic hub of the southernmost island of Kyushu and is also among the most progressive cities in Japan. At present, the city is home to a plethora of fine museums, theaters, art galleries, as well as festivals and sporting events. In addition to this, Fukuoka also offers a number of interesting shopping opportunities.
Places of Interest in Fukuoka
Also known as Maizuru Castle, Fukuoka Castle is an excellent example of the type of lavish 17th century hilltop home, once preferred by the ruling elite of the country. Though the remaining structure is just a small fraction of the original complex that was once a mighty complex, it remains as an impressive site. The major highlights of the castle include numerous original castle gates, towers within the large castle grounds, and turrets.
Dedicated on the protective divinities of seafarers, Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine is one of the oldest such sites on the island. Main Hall and several important national treasures are the major attractions of this shrine. This Main Hall was rebuilt in 1623 in its current classical style.
Kyushu National Museum
Featuring engrossing architectural design, Kyushu National Museum is country's first new national museum in more than 100 years. The museum was built to house an extensive publicly-owned collection of art and historically significant artifacts related to the rich history of the island. The highlights of Kyushu National Museum include displays of pre-historic remnants found in number of archaeological digs and the exhibits that trace the affluent history of the island.