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Fukuoka is located on the northern side of the island of Kyushu. It includes the two largest cities in the area, Fukuoka City, its capital, and Kitakyushu. The prefecture has much to be proud of, beautiful white sand beaches, fertile valleys renowned for tea production, cosmopolitan cities and a reputation as the gateway to Asia. One of the biggest draws to the area is its world famous cuisine. Known as the birthplace of udon and soba noodles in Japan, Fukuoka has since become celebrated for its Hakata ramen, a hearty, pork bone broth ramen. You can find ramen shops and lively food carts all across the city, especially in the evenings. As one of the earliest port cities in Japan, Fukuoka is a place that embraces change, diversity, and growth while respecting its rich history and culture. Traveling there you will enjoy the warmth of the people of Fukuoka who are welcoming and laid-back.

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    Fukuoka City is a large and populous city in Kyushu Prefecture, to the south of Japan. This capital of Fukuoka Prefecture is also well known as a gourmet capital for being home to the globally popular pork broth tonkatsu ramen, one-bite gyoza, and Zen Buddhism.

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    The streets of Gion come alive in the first weeks of July with the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. The climax of the festival is a race that takes place on July 15, when seven neighborhoods of the Hakata district compete to get their float to the finish line of a 5km course first.

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    For first-times, we recommend this 3-day itinerary with visit to Fukuoka's landmark castles and temples, and the city's popular beachfront. We'll also hit up the famous food stalls for the iconic pork bone ramen.

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    Fukuoka used to be Japan’s gateway to mainland Asia and is still very well connected by sea, land and air.

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    Fukuoka is without doubt a food haven. Fresh seafood from both the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Japan aside, it has a vibrant local food culture, the main representatives of which are ramen, gyoza, motsunabe (innards hotpot) and mentaiko.

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