RWC Host City: Fukuoka
Fukuoka is the biggest city in Kyushu, which is the third-largest and southernmost of the four major islands of Japan and is the arrival point of most visitors to Kyushu.
The population in Fukuoka prefecture is about 5 million on an area of 4,971.01 m². The city has transformed itself over the last decade as one of Japan’s most cosmopolitan and international cities, best known as the island’s culinary hub, and for its vibrant nightlife culture. The most populated district of Fukuoka is Chuo-ku, which is located close to the Tenjin, Yakuin, Akasaka and Ohori Stations, in downtown Kyushu. Many shopping malls, bars and restaurants are located in this area.
Yatai (Food Stalls)
Fukuoka’s open air food stands are possibly the city’s best-known attraction. Yatai can generally seat about seven or eight people and provide an atmospheric outdoor environment for enjoying various foods that are simple and filling. There are over 150 yatai scattered across Fukuoka but the best place to find them is on the southern end of Nakasu Island. Located in the middle of the city, Nakasu Island has a long row of around 20 yatai, situated along the bay area.
Typical dishes at yatai are grilled chicken skewers, hot pots and the highly popular Hakata Ramen, a local noodle dish featuring thin ramen noodles.
Known as the first Zen temple constructed in Japan, the Shofukuji temple was founded in 1195 by the priest Eisai, who introduced the Chinese Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism to Japan. Although the temple buildings cannot be entered, visitors can walk through Shofukuji’s attractive grounds and view the buildings’ exteriors.
Before Zen was introduced to Japan, Buddhism had an existing presence in Japan, dating back to the 500s. The new teachings of Zen, which Eisai learnt during his travels in China, promoted meditation and discipline as the means to enlightenment and became very popular among Japanese Samurai schools.
Canal City Hakata
Canal City Hakata is a 5-storey shopping and entertainment complex, referred to as a city within a city. The complex’s name is derived from the artificial canal that runs through it, and has several attractions, including over 200 shops, cafés and restaurants, a theatre, game centre, cinemas, and two hotels. Canal City was designed to create a spacious atmosphere featuring creative architecture with unique colours and shapes.
A fountain, located at the centre of the canal, offers daily water shows every 30 minutes between 10:00 and 22:00.