Welcome to Fukuoka!
Ladies and Gemtlemen,
You are very appriciated for taking Fukuoka Open Top Bus.
Fukuoka city is located on the east side of the Japanese Archipelago.
>From Fukuoka to Seoul, Korea is same to Osaka at the distance, also from Fukuoka to Shanghai, China is same to Tokyo.
Taking advantage of such geographic situation, Fukuoka keeps developing as the international gateway on bussiness and sightseeing.
Recently the population of Fukuoka is about 1 million and 470 thousand, same scale with Barcelona in Spain and Philadelphia in U.S. You would
enjoy cherry blossom and “Hakata Dontaku Minato Matsuri ” festival in Spring, sea and soul-stirring “Hakata Gion Yamakasa”, the portable shrinerace in Summer, poetic and historical streets strolling in Autumn and as the best season of delicious fishes in Winter.
Fukuoka is listed as one of the most comfortable cities in the world by the foreign friendly people at the city designed of adjoining suburb and rich nature.
Well, let’s go on the drive!
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(1)Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center
(2)Urban Express Way
We are now entering the urban express way. Please enjoy the beautiful view of Hakata Bay while we drive along the exciting express way like a fun ride on a roller coaster.
(3)Fukuoka Yafuoku! DOME
(4)Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
(6)Street of World Architects
(7)Fukuoka City Museum
(10)Fukuoka Castle Ruins
(11)Keyaki Dori Avenue
We are now coming back to the Tenjin area, the largest shopping and entertainment district in Kyusyu. I would like to offer you some more information about Tenjin.
First of all, many department stores and specialty boutiques are located along Kirameki-dori Avenue. Lately, many worldwide famous labels and fast fashion brands are opening stores along Tenjin-nishi-dori Avenue, and thus it is always crowded with shoppers and has been called “the fashion street”.
Right around the southwest of Tenjin are Daimyo and Imaizumi. You can find a perfectly blended combination of old and new in these areas with many fashionable caf?s and trendy boutiques along the retro alleys in Daimyo and Imaizumi. Both of these areas are within 10 minutes on foot from Watanabe-dori Avenue, so it is also a good idea to take a stroll around these areas.
The Fukuoka City Tourist Information Center is located at the Lion Square on the north side of the Mitsukoshi Department Store. It provides tourism information in many different languages. Also Rainbow Plaza on the 8th floor of the IMS Building provides multilingual information on daily performances, events and much more. Please feel free to make an inquiry there.
〈Tips in Fukuoka〉
Hakata Dontaku Festival
Now, let me introduce the spring festival representing Fukuoka.
Hakata Dontaku Port Festival is said to be “the festival that gathers the most tourists in Japan”. About 2 million spectators will visit Fukuoka for the festival during Golden Week in the spring.
The word Dontaku comes from a Dutch word “Zondag” which means holiday.
Hakata Dontaku Port Festival has more than 840 years of history, and is held annually on the 3rd and 4th of May.
Young and old, both men and women in their favorite costumes clap flat wooden spoons called “Shamoji” in the parade. They also dance on the stages and open-spaces all around the town, which fills the area with the Dontaku spirit.
Now, if you want to fully enjoy the night in Fukuoka, then one thing you can’t miss is Yatai, which are food stalls. Fukuoka has the biggest number of Yatai in Japan. We have about 150 different stalls around the city.
You can find Japan’s nostalgic vibe once you open the ‘noren’ curtains of Yatai. Great food and great people are waiting for you to join them anytime! Enjoy the warmth and friendly talks with the chef and other diners while you dig into delicious Fukuoka dishes! Visit Yatai and try Hakata Tonkotsu ramen, or other popular Japanese cuisine such as Oden and Yakitori. Some Yatais might even serve cocktails and Tempura, so you might be surprised when you go to different stalls.
Tonkotsu ramen literarily means pork bone noodle soup. In Japan, we have three different types of famous ramens. One is Miso ramen mainly in Sapporo, Hokkaido and soy sauce soup ramen mainly in the Tohoku area of the main island and Tonkotsu ramen mainly in Fukuoka.
Fukuoka’s Tonkotsu ramen is very distinctive with its thick milky white broth. An interesting and unique point about this ramen is that rather thin noodles are used. The reason is tht Hakata people have quick tempers and thin noodles take little time to prepare!
For local residents, Tonkotsu ramen is a “light after-drink meal”, and most people are more in favor of heavy Tonkotsu broth rather than light soy sauce broth. When you order ramen, you can choose how well you would like your noodles to be cooked. “Kata” means al dente, “Futsu” means normally done and “Yawa” means well-done and soft. Remember these three words and you are ready to order. And one more thing, another unique system only in Fukuoka-something called “Kaedama” meaning an extra serving of noodles. When you finish the noodles but you are still craving more, please take the challenge to order “Kaedama” to go with the remaining Tonkotsu soup in your bowl.
The very first company in Japan that made Karashi Mentaiko, which is chili pepper cod roe, was a company from Fukuoka named Fukuya.
Mentaiko originated in Korea. When it came to Japan,it changed a bit and a touch of Japanese style was added. After a few alterations it became a big hit. Fukuya never applied for a patent and instead, they have made the recipe open to the public, and because of that Mentaiko became Fukuoka’s specialty food. Many companies now boast varieties of products using mentaiko. Fukuoka has used mentaiko with many innovative variations, and has even further developed Fukuoka’s food culture. Its spicy and rich flavor is very appetizing simply with rice, but it is also widely used for spaghetti sauces or in omelets.
Motsunabe is a type of hot pot that originated in Fukuoka, It is made with beef or pork offal (guts), which we call “Motsu”. These ingredients are considered to be low in calories and high in nutritional value. Motsunabe is not Motsunabe without heaps of cabbage and garlic chives, and the broth is usually seasoned with miso paste, or soy sauce or salt. Obviously, every restaurant will compete to create their own original broth flavor. Please put rice or Chinese noodles in the pot to finish off your Motsunabe, and it should top up your stomach too.
Yakitori is commonly known as Japanese char-grilled skewers, mainly using chicken meat. Fukuoka is well-known for its high standards of taste and the quality of Yakitori so you can just walk into any Yakitori restaurant and find delicious char-grilled skewers. If you are keen to try out alternative tastes, just sprinkle some chili pepper powder on it or dip it in the Yuzu zest and pepper paste. Normally they will serve sliced cabbage salad, seasoned with vinaigrette dressing after you have ordered yakitoris. In between your orders you can enjoy it as a side salad. A lovely nutritious fact to share with you is that it is normally free to refill the cabbage so you can enjoy these delicious char-grilled skewers and have your fiber at the same time.
Fukuoka Souvenirs TOP10
The Top 10 Fukuoka Souvenirs!
No.10 Yame tea
No.9 Hakata no Hito
No.8 Tsuru no ko
No.6 Niwaka Senbei
No.5 Hakata Nagahama Ramen
No.3 is Chikushi Mochi. Chikushi mochi is a rice cake made with soybean flour and served with brown sugar syrup. Every time you put it in your mouth, its sweet scent will give you happiness.
No.2 is Hiyoko. Hiyoko is a cute bird shaped sweet. People have loved it since it was invented almost a century ago.
And Fukuoka’s most popular souvenir is Hakata Toorimon. Hakata Toorimon is a sweet that is right between Japanese and Western styles. The sweet white bean paste made with butter and condensed milk is softly wrapped with thin pastry, which has an elegant scent of milk.
When you have a chance please try these popular souvenirs of Fukuoka!