The port of Hakata, Japan is part of Fukuoka city, and these “twin cities” have played major roles in the cultural and economic development of Japan. The cities are laden with peaceful gardens, towering castles, unbelievable markets, adorned shrines and enriching museums – not to mention all of the natural beauty. Marvel at the gigantic Kyushu Mountains from the top of the Fukuoka Tower or float down the calm waters of the Yanagawa River on a donka boat (similar to a gondola). Wherever you go and whatever you do, you are sure to discover a whole new world of Japanese culture in Hakata and Fukuoka, Japan. Featured below are a few of the best ways to spend your time when cruising to Hakata, Japan:
- Visit the Kushida Shrine, the oldest in Fukuoka, which is the storied celebration site for the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival every year in early July. Local merchants are said to pray here for prosperity.
- Tour the Kokura Castle and Garden and enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The castle grounds also house a fascinating museum and lookout tower with awe-inspiring views.
- Shop for beautiful porcelain and ceramic crafts in Arita, famous for creating unique tableware, vases and other decorative pieces. If you’re lucky, you might find antique porcelain dating back as far as the 17th century.
- Follow your eyes up to the top of the soaring Fukuoka Tower, and then make your way to the top floor for the best views of Hakata Bay and the surrounding mountains.