For a notably low-key city, Fukuoka has a fair few superlatives to its name. It is Japan’s closest city to Korea which means it can lay claim to being Japan’s oldest city. In other words, it was the first beachhead of civilization from the Asian mainland.
These days Fukuoka has some of the strongest business links with Asia. I was down there a few months ago to do a story on a Chinese company, then stayed an extra day to work on a travel story.
The main theme of my travel piece was Fukuoka “yatai” street stalls . . .
Fukuoka is pretty well known for its architecture. Canal city is a gaudy, futuristic, neon-lit shopping center.
Two more superlatives: Fukuoka has the oldest Shingon temple in Japan, containing the largest wooden Buddha in Japan:
It also has the oldest Zen temple: