Tenjin is the number one downtown area in Kyushu. Buildings housing stores of fashionable brands line the streets and old department stores, drug stores, and mass home appliance retailers stand side by side. However, if you even slightly change your point of view on a walk through Tenjin, you will notice many places that give you a glimpse of Fukuoka's history, parks where people can take a break, and other surprising sights that will make you think, “Is this really Tenjin?!”
ACROS Fukuoka is a terraced structure building facing Tenjin Central Park. This urban oasis is a junction of international and cultural information.
There are various facilities on each of 15 floors (including 2 underground floors) in this building; music concert hall, convention hall, municipal passport center, business office, restaurants and shops.
- 1-1-1, Tenjin ,Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Kihinkan Hall (old municipal guest palace of Fukuoka Prefecture)
In a corner of Tenjin Chuo Park stands a Western-style building that was built in 1910 (Meiji 43). It has historically been utilized for a variety of uses. As one of the few Meiji Era public buildings built in the French Renaissance style, it has been designated as one of Japan’s important cultural properties. The interior is open to the public and welcomes visitors. It is highlighted by an interior befitting a guesthouse, including a marble fireplace in the principal room, relief work everywhere, and greenery.
- 6-29, Nishi Nakasu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Suikyo Tenmangu Shrine
The name of Tenjin, the largest commercial district in Kyushu, derives from the name of god enshrined in this shrine.
It is the soul of Sugawara Michizane that is enshrined at Suikyo Tenmangu Shrine. At this shrine quietly nestled among the office buildings, the soul of Michizane has long been worshipped as the god of study.
Suikyo literally means water mirror. This name of the temple is said to have come from the story that Michizane looked down on the water surface to see his weary-looking face when he was demoted and transferred to Dazaifu.
The shrine was originally located in Imaizumi area and later moved to the present site by Kuroda Nagamasa, the first lord of Fukuoka Clan, as a guardian shrine to protect the east side of his castle.
- 1-15-14, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center
This building was designed by Kingo Tatsuno and Yasushi Kataoka, two leading Japanese architects of the Meiji Era, as the Nippon Life Insurance Company Kyushu Branch Building. It was completed in 1909 (Meiji 42), and has been designated an important cultural property. The red brick and white granite outer walls are of an English style from the late 19th century. It is equipped with a spire and a dome, and though small in scale is replete with intriguing aspects. Since 2002, part of the first floor has been used as the Fukuoka City Museum of Literature (Fukuoka-shi Bungakukan), which is popular among many people as a center of cultural information that collects and provides a variety of information on literature.
- 1-15-30, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Tenjin Chikagai （Tenjin Underground Shopping Mall）
This is the largest underground shopping mall in Kyushu, built underground of Tenjin, stretching for about 600 meters from the north to south of the downtown area. There are 12 avenues with 150 various shops of fashion, gourmet, books and more. 19th century European style flagstone floors and arabesque design ceilings decorate the underground space and they create a stylish and comfortable atmosphere. The underground space is directly connected to Tenjin and Tenjin-Minami subway station and also conveniently located near Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station and Nishtietsu Tenjin Expressway Bus Terminal.
- 1-3 Underground, 2, tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
Kego Shrine sits in the middle of Tenjin. Since ancient times, worshippers have prayed to the god of protection from misfortune enshrined here to drive away diseases and disasters. Some popular "hidden" spots are the stone statue of the "laughing fox," which is rarely seen in Japan and believed to bring you success in business by rubbing it, the foot bath that is easily accessible on the way to shopping, and the sacred water with a faucet in the shape of a dragon. Along with Kego Park, both places are loved by local residents as a place to relax.
- 2-2-20, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka