1. Run on water in Ohori Park
Ohori Park: Ohorikoen or Ropponmatsu Stations. 092-741-2004.
A relaxed getaway for harried Tokyoites
By Katie Forster
If Tokyo is the friend who rushes you between sights and social engagements to a turbo timetable, Fukuoka is the relaxed southern cousin who sits you in a sunny spot, pours you a beer and tops it up as you chat. Kyushu’s largest city is often overlooked on tourist itineraries, yet is beloved by its residents, who clearly know how to unwind – it has the second highest number of bars, cabarets and clubs in Japan after Tokyo. Whilst crowds gather for big festivals like the Hakata Dontaku parade in May and to see towering floats raced at dawn at the Gion Yamakasa in July, Fukuoka remains down to party all year round. Read on for our list of top things to do in Fukuoka.