Tenjin is the main shopping area of Fukuoka city, a modern area full of shopping centers, shops and restaurants of all kinds.
Shopping centers and department stores
The biggest department stores are Mitsukoshi
(11 floors), Tenjin Core
(11 floors), Tenjin Vivre
(10 floors), IMS
(9 floors), Daimaru
(8 floors, 2 buildings), Iwataya Honten
, Mina Tenjin
, Solaria Plaza
, Daiei Fukuoka
(there's a Daiso 100 Yen Shop on the 7th floor), all marked on the map at the bottom.
In addition, below the streets of the neighborhood, in particular between Tenjin
station, there is another shopping mall of 150 shops, Tenjin Chikagai
For those who prefer to go shopping in the traditional covered shopping arcades (shotengai
), a few steps from Tenjin station you can fint the Shintencho Shopping Arcade
, with about 90 shops and restaurants.
Daimyo is a small area west of Tenjin station, an area whose restaurants, cafes and boutiques are considered by the people of Fukuoka among "the coolest" of the city, with an atmosphere sometimes hipster, sometimes vintage.
For those looking for nightlife, night bars and night clubs where to dance, meet people and drink until late at night, there's this little street near Tenjin Station. The area is very popular with foreigners, and some places are also owned by foreigners living in Japan.
Fukuoka Castle Ruins (Maizuru Koen)
Fukuoka Castle, built in the early 17th century, it was long the largest and most important castle of the Kyushu region, but it was dismantled from 1871.
Today, on its ruins, there is a large park, known as Maizuru Koen
, a very popular place for spring picnics under the cherry trees in bloom (hanami
). Scattered here and there around the park you can find various ruins of the ancient castle of the city.
Not far from this park there is another park (Ohori Park
), a museum (Fukuoka Art Museum
) and a shrine (Gokoku Shrine
A large park located a few meters west of Maizuru Koen
At the center the park there is a large pond, crossed by three bridges connecting three small islands built in the middle of the pond, and surrounded in all its circumference by a jogging track and a number of benches. This place is one of the most popular among the residents of the city to do exercise or to walk and relax.
In the southern part, not far from the Fukuoka Art Museum
(see below), there is a small traditional Japanese garden (admission 240 yen).
Fukuoka Art Museum
(admission 200 yen, opening hours 9-17:30, until 19:30 jul-aug)
An art museum located in the south of Ohori Park, on the banks of the pond.
This museum closed on September 1st, 2016 for renovation works. Reopening is planned in March 2019.
A Shinto shrine located a few steps away from the 'Ohori Park and Maizuru Koen.
Along the way to get there, you will pass through a huge entrance gate (torii), which happens to be the largest torii in raw wood (cypress) in all Japan.
Beyond this, there is not anything special for which it is worth a special visit, but if you're in the area you can go take a look. The shrine is quite popular among tourists because of its proximity to other tourist attractions and it is also very popular for wedding ceremonies.
A large park located about 1.5 km north of Ohorikoen station.
It is not easy to get there, because it is far from the nearest station and because it is situated on a hill, so you have to walk a lot reach the top. From its top you can enjoy a sea view. For these reasons, very few tourists visit this park, although it is part of the "list of the 100 best places in Japan where to see hanami
", on its grounds there are about a thousand cherry trees. You can get to the top also by car, so if you want to visit it but you are too lazy to walk there, you can take a taxi.
a cherry tree in bloom at Nishi Koen
About 700 meters east of Tenjin station you can find this building, a place of particular interest for lovers of architecture.
It opened in 1995 after 3 years of construction and it was designed by the Argentinean architect Emilio Ambasz
. This building is one of the first examples in the world of bio-architecture
. One of the sides of the building is indeed constituted by a series of terraces covered by a thick vegetation, a kind of vertical garden which ideally is a continuation of the public park located in front of it, the Tenjin central park
. On the roof (15 floors) there is a panoramic terrace (free of charge, 10-16). Inside the building houses various things, including a concert hall, an art gallery (Takumi Gallery
) and a tourist information center for the entire Kyushu region (2F).
Nagahama fish market
About 700 meters north of the metro station Akasaka
, you can find the Fukuoka Fish Market
The area where there is the buying and selling of fish products is usually closed to visitors, except on the second saturday of every month, from 9 to 12
, the only day open to the public.
During the other days you can still go in the area, freely enter into a building called Fukuoka City Fish Market Center
and have a seafood lunch at one of those cheap restaurants inside. From the second floor of this building you can also start walking along a raised path from which you can see the market from abouve, without interfering with people at work. From the 13° floor of the same building you can also enjoy a beautiful view of the sea and the surrounding area.
the Fukuoka City Fish Market Center
Yanagibashi Coop Market
If you wanted to visit a fish market and you've been disappointed to not to be able to get into the market of Nagahama, you can visit this market, located south of Tenjin, about 400 meters from the subway station Watanabe-Dori
In this place there are approximately 60 fish shops.
Where to stay, recommended accommodation in Tenjin, Fukuoka
Tenjin is one of the best areas to stay in Fukuoka, it is important to choose a hotel just a few steps from one of the metro stations in the area, preferably near Nakasu or the area between Tenjin station and Tenjin-minami station. For more tips check out the guide of Nakasu
or the page Where to stay in Fukuoka
Cheap hotels in Tenjin
Hotel Ascent Fukuoka
A business hotel located right next to Tenjin station, in the heart of the city. Rooms are very small and the hotel isn't anything special, but it isworth the little money it costs, especially considering the location (it couldn't be better). Single rooms from 5,000 yen, double rooms from 8,000 yen per night.
Plaza Hotel Premier
A big hotel in the area with the most stylish restaurants and cafes of the city, Daimyo, a few minutes on foot from Tenjin station. Maybe it is the best hotel in the area as for value for money, if you are not looking for anything sophisticated. Single rooms from 5,500 yen per night, doubles from 7,800 yen per night. Big breakfast buffet at 1080 yen per person.
Mid-range hotels in Tenjin
Hotel UNIZO Fukuoka Tenjin
A hotel belonging to a widespread and highly reliable chain of Japanese hotels (Unizo), located just a few minutes from Tenjin Station. Rooms are modern and elegant, and much more spacious than average. Single rooms from 10,000 yen, doubles from 14,000 yen per night.
Luxury hotels in Tenjin
Hotel Il Palazzo
Wonderful hotel belonging to a renowned international chain (Small Luxury Hotels of the World), located opposite the island of Nakasu and particularly in front of the famous area that in the evening is full of food stalls (yatai). The strong point of this hotel, designed by renowned Italian architect Aldo Rossi, is the extremely modern design and technology that characterizes every place of the structure. The interiors of the rooms are spacious and stylish, with a few particular accessories such as DVD player and Nespresso machine. An "almost 5 stars" hotel. Double rooms from 13,000 yen per night (single use), from 18,000 yen per night for two people. Great breakfast at 1900 yen per person.
How to get to Tenjin, Fukuoka
The area is well served by the subway.
The most convenient station to get to the shopping area is Tenjin station
) and Minami-tenjin station
To get to Ohori Koen and Mazuru Koen the closest station is Ōhorikōen station
Map of Tenjin, Fukuoka
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin
. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.
What Govoyagin is
Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.
On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower
or the Tokyo Sky Tree
, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai
, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario
, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin
, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin.
Take a look at Govoyagin
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