Fukuoka: Enjoying a Cultural Trip

 

Fukuoka is one of the largest cities in Japan. It is a tourist hub. The art galleries and the museums made it just the perfect destination for my summer trip. Apart from this I also found many dining and shopping options in this city, to make the most of your visit to Fukuoka, there are a few attractions that you can check out.

Fukuoka Castle

It is also known as the Maizuru Castle. The 17th-century hilltop home was once inhabited by the ruling elite of the country. Covering an area of 47,000 square meters, it is an interesting sight to behold. The turrets, castle gates, and the towers are within the grounds of the castle. I also found an older guesthouse that was for the visiting diplomats. This is the only one to be found in Japan. Since I visited in April, I was lucky enough to catch the Fukuoka Castle Sakura Festival. It displays over 1000 cherry blossoms. At night the illuminations make the castle look amazing.

Sumiyoshi-Jinja Shrine

It is a counterpart of Osaka and has been dedicated to the seafarer’s protective divinity. I learned that this is actually the last from series of these types of shrines that sailors like visiting prior to heading out to the sea. From here, you can catch a fine view of the river Naka. I also explored the Sumiyoshi Park that is adjacent to this area.

Kyūshū National Museum

The museum had been open for public visiting in the year 2005. This is the first national museum of Japan that is 100 years old. The architecture of this museum is a sight to behold. There is a collection of art and historical artifacts which talks about the history of the land. Apart from this, there are also prehistoric relics that have been discovered from the archaeological dig. It was a worthy visit.