Travelling around Japan is very convenient because everything is accessible by train or bus. Walking is also pleasant because the city is clean and safe. Here are a few recommended places to go to for day trips around Fukuoka.
Where to stay?
If you are short on time but want to see a lot of places, you should stay in Hakata City – it is centrally located and many must-see places can be accessed as a day trip from here. Hakata Station is the gateway to Kyushu and is more than a train station – it houses a mall complex with an array of restaurants, boutiques and a shrine and viewing deck at the topmost floor.
Ohori Park is a 3-acre garden with a jogging path around a beautiful pond. You can easily spend a whole day here having a picnic while watching early morning joggers or you can visit the Fukuoka Art Museum inside the park, rent a swan boat or let your kids play in the playground. You can also visit the Fukuoka Castle Ruins and the Gokoku Shrine near the park. Ohori Park is open year-round and is nice to visit during spring for cherry blossoms or during autumn.
From Hakata Station, take the subway and get off at Gion Station. Ticket price is 260 Yen.
Nanzoin Temple houses the largest reclining bronze buddha in the world. This Buddha is massive – it is 41 meters long, 11 meters high, and weighs 300 tons. The temple itself is serene with several smaller temples, torii shrines and bamboo forests surrounding the area. This is a day trip worth making!
From Hakata Station take the JR Train and alight at Kidonanzoin-mae Station. Trip takes 25 minutes. Ticket price is 370 Yen but is free for JR Pass holders.
Dazaifu is a small city in the outskirts south of Fukuoka, easily accessible by JR Train. From Hakata station, Dazaifu is a 40 minute train ride. You’ll need to change lines, though, and ticket costs 600 Yen.
When you’re in Dazaifu, pay a visit to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, a shrine dedicated to a great scholar Sugawara Michizane, making it a favored prayer site for students taking entrance examinations. Other places worth visiting in Dazaifu are the Kyushu National Museum and the Komyozenji Temple.
Do you have other must-see day trip spots in and around Fukuoka? Comment below, I’d love to learn about it!