From Seoul, Fukuoka is one of the closest Japanese cities to travel to. Travelers can also get the most out of a weekend getaway because the airport in Fukuoka is only 15-30 minutes away from the downtown area. Here are some things that you could do during your stay.
1 ) Eat ramen
I went to Shin Shin Ramen (Tenjin Branch) and was amazed by their Hakata Shin Shin Ramen, Mocchan, and the gyoza dumplings. Mocchan is a ramen with motsu-nabe toppings (beef or pork tripe with cabbage and garlic chives). The gyoza was so good I had to get a second plate.
Expect to see a line, but it will move quickly.
2 ) Eat spicy cod roe
Spicy cod roe is another specialty food from Fukuoka.
During my trip, I went to Ganso Hakata Mentaiju.
They are open early, so just skip breakfast at your accommodation and have your first meal of the day here! I went there at around 10 am and there was already a line.
Along with the spicy cod row with rice, I also had the dipping noodles, and it had so much flavor! I would definitely come back here for the noodles.
There are some teishoku (set meal) restaurants that serve an unlimited side of spicy cod roe as well. On my next visit, I want to go to Yamaya for some motsunabe and unlimited spicy cod roe.
3 ) Go shopping
Areas near Tenjin Station and Hakata Station are two of the best places to shop in Fukuoka. Hakata Station itself is a huge building connected to shopping areas, and Tenjin station is next to a street full of department stores.
In AMU Plaza, one of the buildings connected to Hakata Station, I went to the Pokemon Center for some Pokemon related products and also bought these earrings at a small accessory shop. I noticed some tax free signs for tourists, but those didn’t apply to some stores.
4 ) Take a walk around Ohori Lake
They also had a cafe and restaurant next to the lake.
5 ) Go to the Fukuoka Tower area for pictures
Fukuoka Tower and Momochi Seaside Park is a good place for pictures, but there are not many activities to do in the area. It took about 20-30 minutes by bus from the downtown area, and I only spent about 20-30 minutes there. It’s probably a better area to visit during the summer.
6 ) Go to a Jazz Bar
There are a few jazz bars in the Nakasu area and Tenjin area. The one I went to was Browny, which was right across from Shin Shin Ramen on the sixth floor.
It was a small place, but I loved the atmosphere. The owner told me that there are live performances once a month.
7 ) Go to a dessert cafe
Japanese people are obsessed with cute cafes and Fukuoka is not an exception. I did my instagram search and found a cafe called Desser+t. It’s located in an underground area connected to Tenjin Station.