Fukuoka Prefecture is located on the island of Kyushu. Prefectural capital is Fukuoka City and is with a population of about 1,483,000 people the largest city in Kyushu.
Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Fukuoka.
Dazaifu was established in the late 7th century and served as the administrative center of the entire island of Kyushu for over 500 years. The city was built slightly inland from Hakata, whose port was one of the main points of interaction between Japan and mainland Asia. Although the imperial court ruled the country from the Kansai Region, Dazaifu was pivotal for Japan's diplomatic relations and organizing the country's defenses. Nowadays, Dazaifu is a small, quiet city on the outskirts of the large city of Fukuoka, from which it is perfect for a day trip. There are a number of temples and shrines, the most famous of which is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, as well as sites related to Dazaifu's role as the region's administrative center, such as the Government Office Ruins.
From Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station there are frequent trains to Nishitetsu Futsukaichi Station taking about 25 minutes. From where a transfer can be made to the Dazaifu Line that leads to Dazaifu Station, taking about 5 minutes. A direct bus alts connects Fukuoka with Dazaifu Station. The one way ride takes about 45 minutes and departs once per hour.
Fukuoka's outdoor food stalls (Yatai) are possibly the city's best known symbol. Yatai can generally seat about seven or eight people and provide an atmospheric outdoor environment to enjoy various foods that are generally simple and filling. There are over 150 yatai scattered across Fukuoka but the best place to find them is on the southern end of Nakasu Island. Located in the middle of the city, Nakasu Island has a long row of around 20 yatai that are attractively situated along the water.
Typical dishes enjoyed at yatai are grilled chicken skewers (yakitori), hot pot (oden) and most famously Hakata Ramen, a local noodle dish featuring relatively thin ramen noodles in a pork bone based soup (tonkotsu). Various alcoholic drinks are also available, and help make the yatai a great place to get in touch with the locals.
Yatai are located throughout Fukuoka city center and busy tourist areas in the evening.