Fukuoka is one of the ten largest cities in Japan. This is an important cultural, political and economic center. For centuries the city has been famous as an important trading port. Because of this fact this place has repeatedly been the reason for bloody wars. Tourists are mainly attracted by rich historical past of this beautiful and interesting city.
A protective wall, which reminds of the militant past, is surely one of main attractions of this place. The ruins of the wall are located in the western part of the city. The wall is made of huge blocks of stone and it has survived in many battles. The main reason for building this wall was in frequent raids of the Mongols to the ancient city. In the central district of the city named Hakata is the location of several old buildings, churches and squares. This part of the city is considered the oldest one.
There are several large parks on the territory of Fukuoka. Higashi Koen is known as the most beautiful one. There are several monuments in this park, one of which is dedicated to the founder of the Nichiren Buddhist sect. Move to the central part of the park and you will see two prayer stones. These stones are the reminders of the Mongol raids – the stones have been taken from defeated enemy's ships. The streets of the city are full of shops and open markets. Visitors of Fukuoka are usually particularly interested in traditional gifts. The most common souvenirs from this place are beautiful fabrics, which are called "Hakata ori" by the local people. Toys and crafts made of clay are also very popular.
The cultural program of every tourist should include the visit to Museum of Fine Arts of Asia. Here they will find a collection of paintings by contemporary artists, and several rooms devoted to paintings of the past. The city’s suburbs are the location of archaeological excavations. Here travellers will also find some very interesting findings.