If you’re feeling adventurous, Fukuoka is the city for you, located on Kyushu, Japan’s subtropical, southernmost main island. Japan’s best-kept secret is the birthplace of the Hakata ramen (tonkotsu ramen) craze, yatai street food stalls, chill beaches, and even Ainoshima Island, an island totally overrun by cats! For partying and drinking, Oyafuko Dori, literally the “Street of Naughty Children,” is a must, if you think you can handle it, or for those of you who are more culturally inclined, Fukuoka Castle and the Reclining Buddha at Nanzoin Temple are two of Fukuoka’s most popular attractions.
Home to around 70 sake breweries, you’ll be spoiled with a variety of top-quality nihonshu (rice wine). And with abundant seasonal fruits such as strawberry, grapes, peaches, and apples, fruit-picking in Fukuoka is also a popular activity! The climate also contributes to growing Yamecha, Fukuoka’s prized tea, which is some of the finest tea in Japan and was recognized by “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon. But of course, you can’t miss out on the yatai street food stalls and markets in Fukuoka, packed with fresh seafood thanks to the city’s strategic positioning next to Hakata Bay.
On your trip to Fukuoka, you’ll definitely want to check out Yanagibashi Market (known as “Hakata’s Kitchen”) and fill your belly with local delicacies, and what better way to explore this new territory than with a local Fukuoka food tour guide? Get expert insider knowledge about the best ramen in the city or go on a rowdy night of bar hopping in Fukuoka! You’ll get a taste of Hakata food culture at one of Japan’s most up-and-coming foodie destinations. A treasure trove of delightful local delicacies, from shochu to Hakata ramen, awaits in Fukuoka!