Fukuoka is the big city in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. It’s a modern metropolis of 1.5 million people. Fukuoka is a major transportation hub and a commercial center, and its port is one of the busiest in Japan. Fukuoka is also a major cultural center, with a large number of theaters, museums, and art galleries. The city is noted for its food, especially the ramen noodles for which it is famous. Fukuoka is also home to a large number of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
Visit the city's iconic Hakata-za theater to view kabuki and other traditional performances. Walk through Ohori Park or explore the ruins of Fukuoka Castle. Shop the stalls of Nakasu Island or take in the local street food specialties, like mentaiko, a marinated roe.