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While many modern Japanese cities are concrete jungles with relatively little in the way of green space, Fukuoka is unique in that it offers visitors the chance to unwind in both parklands and on a beach.  The stretch of white sand at Momochi Seaside Park was installed on reclaimed land 1990, and provides the perfect place to escape the summer heat. For a break from the city altogether, nearby Nokonoshima Island is just a short ferry ride away.
2-4 Gokushomachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0037, Japan.
The Tocho-ji is the oldest Shingon Buddhism temple on Kyushu Island.
1-2 Ohorikoen, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0051, Japan
One of the nicest parks on Kyushu, Ohori Park was constructed in the late 1920's to mimic the garden style of traditional China.
1-41 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0026, Japan.
While Kyushu, Japan's most southern Home Island, doesn't have as many ancient shrines and temples as its northern neighbours, the ones they do have, are important.
2-2-11 Higashida Yahatahigashi-Ward, Kitakyushu, Japan, 805-0071
The gallery is a set within a modernist structure built on the very site where Japan's first modern production of steel.
6-10 Reisenmachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0039, Japan
Hakata (now a part of Fukuoka city) is one of Japan's oldest cities and served as a link to continental Asia during pre-modern times.