7 Ways to Experience the Modern & Ancient in Fukuoka
One of the top reasons most people venture to Fukuoka is to sample the food. Every evening, food stalls, called yatai, pop up along the river offering a magical ambiance unique to the area.
Foods like yakitori skewers, ramen and oden (fishcake stew), are available in the small stalls, which typically serve seven to eight people. Perusing the stalls can be a great way to meet the locals and brush up on your Japanese language skills, while enjoying delicious comfort foods along the way.
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Canal City is a Las Vegas-style mall and entertainment complex, much like the Venetian or Bellagio. The complex is home to over 250 local and international shops, a ramen “stadium,” which boasts eight different styles of the dish from across Japan, a cinema, two hotels and game center.
A large canal also runs through the shops, culminating in a fountain with water shows every half hour.
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Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome
Like Americans, the Japanese love their baseball and even consider it their national sport. Fukuoka is home to the Yahuoku! Dome, a Roman Colosseum inspired stadium with a retractable roof where their home team, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, play.
While Japanese baseball rules are essentially the same, the field, strike zone and ball are all smaller than their American counterparts. Aside from baseball games, the stadium regularly hosts concerts with Japanese, and international acts and is part of a commercial and entertainment complex called Hawk’s Town.