Hakata Station Area
The Hakata Station area includes the extensive Hakata Station and rows of modern office buildings. Duck into a back street and you will find quiet neighborhoods dotted with temples and shrines. Though compact, this area where the new mingles with the old is full of highlights. We recommend it if you have some time to kill while in transit.
JR HAKATA CITY
JR Hakata City is a station building which is home to railway networks within the Kyushu area and is one of the biggest station buildings in Japan. It houses a cinema complex, Tokyu Hands, AMU Plaza Hakata consisting of 230 shops, and Hakata Hankyu Department Store offering the latest brand items. On the rooftop garden, Tsubame No Mori Hiroba (Square), visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the town from the observatory filled with green.
- 1-1, Hakataeki Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
The first and oldest shrine of the 2,129 Sumiyoshi-jinja shrines in Japan. It has been widely worshipped as the god who protects from misfortune and brings good luck through the purification of body and soul. The divine statue of Ebisu placed in the grounds of the shrine is popular as one of the power spots. The legend says that rubbing the statue brings you a number of different benefits according to the body part, such as the belly for driving disease away and the arms for developing skills. On the shrine’s premises, there is also a Noh theatre known as the best establishment in western Japan and often used for live music events other than the Noh dance performance.
- 3-1-51, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
In the north side of Sumiyoshi Shrine of Hakata is this Japanese garden. There is a reconstructed tea house which was originally built in Meiji period as a second house of a merchant family. A tea ceremony room is represented in the house with the original atmosphere. Seasonal plants and refreshing moist air surrounds the house in this beautiful Japanese garden. You can spend a relaxing and quiet time here and get a glimpse of an elegant life of the old prosperous merchant family.
- 2-10-7, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Yanagibashi Rengo Ichiba (fish market)
This busy market is full of fresh seafood and loved by local people of Hakata as a "pantry of Hakata". In 1916, an individual stall selling fresh fish from the Ohama market became popular and other stalls gathered around it. Now it is one of the main features of the town of Hakata and always busy with wholesalers and shoppers. Not only are merchants selling here, but also are regular housewives, making a lively atmosphere! The brisk voices of the sellers add authenticity to the wonderful market.
- 1-5-1, Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka (Yanagibashi Market Cooperative Associations)