Located on the north shores of Kyushu Island (Japan), Fukuoka is a wonderful place to visit during a cruise in Asia. Filled with many beaches, temples, shrines, shopping centers, parks and museums, there is a little bit of something to suit travelers of all interests. There are even a few ancient castle ruins just waiting for exploration by history buffs! Some of the most unique attractions that you won’t find elsewhere include magnificent shrines that double as museums, gardens, festival sites, and rock gardens. Fukuoka is a perfect destination if you are interested in learning more about local religion and culture, as you will have the opportunity to discover plenty of it!
A great time to visit Fukuoka is during the spring or fall, when the weather happens to be the most pleasant.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Fukuoka. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Fukuoka. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Fukuoka:
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Fukuoka, along with a brief description:
♦ Canal City Hakata
The most notable attraction in Fukuoka is Canal City Hakata, a giant shopping center unlike any you’ve ever seen before! This isn’t just any mall. Many call it a “city within a city,” as it is filled with many shops and restaurants as well as a game complex, numerous cafes, two hotels, a few movie theaters, and even its own canal! You will also discover a bunch of beautifully-designed sculptures, fountains (complete with water shows), and much more! Whether you come to shop, relax, people-watch, or just for a quick walk through, you definitely don’t want to skip out on this incredible attraction!
♦ Fukuoka Castle
Also known as the Maizuru or Seki Castle, this historic site is a must-visit for any history-lovers who are visiting Fukuoka. Located right in the center of the city, these ancient ruins have been converted into a park, where you can now enjoy sports courts, gardens an art museum, and a few preserved remnants from the original castle. Discover old-world turrets, towers, stone walls, and even parts of an original guest house from the Edo period. This is a great place to spend at least half a day, as you can enjoy the facilities of the park and explore the castle remains at the same time!
♦ Dazaifu Tenmangu
As Fukuoka has many cultural and religious roots, it’s no surprise that the city is filled with temples and shrines. One of the most notable shrines is Dazaifu Tenmangu, which is dedicated to Michizane and his defied form, Tenjin. The shrine grounds stretch over 3,000 acres and feature the main shrine as well as a few relaxing ponds, a bridge, treasure house (featuring some artifacts), and a few other shrines that are dedicated to spirits. One unique highlight is the inclusion of 6,000 plum trees, which are reminiscent of Michizane’s legend. There are also a few stands that sell bean cakes, a snack favored by Michizane.
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