The Ohori Park is a lovely park located in Fukuoka. The park features a large pond at its center and a thin strip of land in the middle with a footpath that can be accessed by two stone bridges. A pavilion jutting out from the island offers a nice view of the park and the city. The pond itself is encircled by a footpath that is popular among runners.
I did not get the chance to go in the tower on this trip but our host kindly took us to a nice spot to see the tower itself after closing time. The place in question is in between the Fukuoka City Museum and the Momochi Central Park. The photos I took of this icon of Fukuoka turned out quite nice.
Yatai are small food stalls selling a variety of delicious Japanese street food including Ramen, Oden and Yakitori. They were once popular throughout Japan but are nowadays more prevalent in the city of Fukuoka. One of the most popular places to eat Yatai food is along the Naka river where the photos shown here were taken. Perhaps the best way to enjoy Yatai is to move from one cart to the other for a chance to sample a diversity of Japanese delicacies.
The Kushida Shrine is an important shrine of the district of Hakata. The shrine is known for hosting the Yamakasa Gion Matsuri, the biggest festival in Fukuoka. During the festival, giant floats are carried around the neighborhood. One of them is displayed permanently at the shrine. The shrine features a large Shimenawa rope above the altar and some peculiar long-nosed Tengu masks. Lanterns, and the whole shrine grounds, are lit in the evening creating a truly special atmosphere.
The Hakozaki Shrine is an important shrine of the city of Fukuoka dedicated to the goddess Hachiman. Founded in 923, the shrine has a long history. It was restored after being completely destroyed during the Mongolian invasion of 1274. The shrine can be recognized by the long street which starts in front of the shrine and extends to the sea. Three Torii gates are located on that street: one in front of the shrine itself, one in front of the sea, and the last one is located roughly halfway between the two others.