Kawabata Shotengai

Kawabata Shotengai

This covered shopping street, located in downtown Fukuoka, is only four blocks in length and has been around since before World War II. A hundred shops of Kawabata Shotengai have been a mix of old and new, selling traditional items like kimonos and new items such as toys. There are several restaurants in the area […]

Canal City Hakata

Canal City Hakata

Canal City Hakata is known as a “city within the city”, this is a huge shopping and entertainment complex in the middle of Fukuoka. It includes restaurants, shops, a theater, a game center, two hotels, and a canal. It is the largest private development in the history of Japan. It can be difficult to navigate […]

Shofokuji Temple

Shofokuji Temple

This National Historic Site in Fukuoka has quite an interesting background. Born in 1141, Myoan Eisai, a monk of the Tendai sect, became dissatisfied with what he considered to be the degenerated state of Buddhism in Japan. He traveled to China twice in search of more authentic teachings.  On his second trip, he studied under […]

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