Fukuoka City, the main transportation hub of Kyūshū, is best known for its Yatai stalls. But what many aren’t aware of is the city has a couple of great spots perfect for cherry blossom hunting. And the good news is some of them are just in the city center!
So if you will be in Fukuoka from late March to early April, ensure you visit some, if not all, of the destinations in the below list. We have included some hidden gems too!
- Tenjin Central Park (天神中央公園)
- Maizuru Park (舞鶴公園)
- Nishi Park (西公園)
- Tōchō-ji Temple (東長寺)
- Uminonakamichi Seaside Park (海の中道海浜公園)
- Nokonoshima Island (能古島)
Washio Atago Shrine (鷲尾愛宕神社)
- Aburayama Citizen’s Forest (油山市民の森)
Tenjin Central Park (天神中央公園)
Let’s start with one of the most popular spots; Tenjin Central Park. You can take a walk beside the Naka River through a tunnel of cherry trees. The tunnel is illuminated at night starting in late March during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
In addition to admiring the gorgeous flowers, other attractions around the park include Acros Fukuoka, where you will encounter one of the best sky gardens in Japan!
For more information, please refer to our Tenjin Central Park article.
Maizuru Park (舞鶴公園)
Another cherry blossom spot in Fukuoka’s city center is Maizuru Park. The park where Fukuoka Castle Ruins are located is one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.
At the top of the hill is an observation deck with breathtaking views of the surrounding cityscape. Each year, the Fukuoka Castle Cherry Blossom Festival is held. Surprisingly, the crowds aren’t as bad here as you might be expecting.
For more information, please refer to our Maizuru Park article.
Nishi Park (西公園)
North of Maizuru Park is another beautiful spot that was chosen to be one of the Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan. In addition to the cherry blossom scenery, Nishi Park provides its visitors with amazing views of Fukuoka Bay from the four observation decks. And if you miss the cherry blossoms by a few weeks, you can still catch the blooming azaleas in May!
For more information, please refer to our Fukuoka City article.
Tōchō-ji Temple (東長寺)
In the worship hall, you will find Japan’s biggest wooden sitting Buddha statue. The statue known as Fukuoka Diabutsu is 10.8 meters tall and weighs 30 tons.
For more information about the temple, please refer to our Tōchō-ji article.
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park (海の中道海浜公園)
Although away from Fukuoka’s city center, Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is the best place in the city to adore cherry blossoms.
In addition to the cherry blossom tunnels, the park also features eight vast flower fields of various species and colors. Moreover, you can cycle along the well-maintained track along the coast. There is even a water park in the summer!
For more information, please refer to our Uminomakamichi Seaside Park article.
Nokonoshima Island (能古島)
For a getaway from the crowd in the city, catch a ferry to Nokonoshima Island to enjoy nature.
The island has beautiful beaches and blooming flower fields in Nokonoshima Island Park. You can also hike or cycle to the Nokonoshima Observatory, the highest point on the island, with stunning panoramic views of the island and Fukuoka City.
For more information on all the attractions on the island, please refer to our Nokonohsima article!
Washio Atago Shrine (鷲尾愛宕神社)
There are many Atago Shrine in Japan, and the one in Fukuoka sits atop a 68-meter hill. It takes a little hiking up a staircase to get to, but once you do, you are rewarded with incredible sunsets and night views of the city skyline.
In early spring, the course cherry blossom scenery created by over 2,000 trees blossoming across the hill is another highlight of Fukuoka’s Atago Shrine.
An interesting fact about Atago Shrine is that pilgrims offer cigarettes and alcohol to the god enshrined here!
To find out more about this unique shrine, please refer to our article on Washio Atago Shrine!
Aburayama Citizen’s Forest (油山市民の森)
If you are looking for a place to hike and enjoy nature, Aburayama Citizen’s Forest is a beautiful spot with plenty of trees, wild birds and flowers, and of course, cherry blossoms! Located within Mt. Abura’s 175 acres of land, there are campsites, observation decks, and a grass ski area.
Furthermore, be sure to walk across the suspension bridge in the forest for a little adventure!
For more information, please refer to our article on Mt. Abura.