Not only is it incredibly fun to say but Fukuoka (that's Foo-koo-oh-ka) also boasts incredible sights like the country's biggest hotel, longest bar and largest cinema complex. This cosmopolitan centre has been transformed over the last few years into a vibrant, modern city just for you – or, at least, just for worldly travellers like you. Dive into all the shopping, dining, sports and culture you can imagine, with plenty of helpful information offices and efficient underground stations along the way.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
If you're keen on local history, investigate the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum. There you'll explore a 150-year-old home filled with authentic everyday objects. Or watch artisans create the famed Hakata-ori cloth – used for kimono (obi) sashes and sumo loincloths.
Catch a fly ball at one of the world's most innovative baseball stadiums – the Fukuoka Dome. Home to the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, this stadium seats 48,000, has a retractable roof and houses the world's longest bar with over 182 m (600 ft) of whistle-whetting bliss!
Most people have tried ramen. You know those tasty 'just add water' noodles you can buy for a few pence in any supermarket? Well, Fukuoka is known throughout Japan as the place to go for fresh ramen noodles. The best ramen stalls are the ones with a big crowd at the front but the great price and satisfying slurp will make it well worth the wait.
It's hard not to find boutique or window-shopping opportunities in Fukuoka. But if you want local crafts like the popular clay Hakata dolls or silk obi sashes, make sure you visit the Tenjin district.
Japan's official currency is the yen. Cash machines are plentiful and major credit cards are usually accepted.
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