Fukuoka, located in southern Japan, is full of attractions as a tourist destination in the winter. You will be satisfied with the local gourmet, attractions, and nature of the cold season. How about making memories of your trip in Fukuoka in winter?
Weather and Temperature of Fukuoka in Winter
Fukuoka has a warm image in Japan, but it is unexpectedly cold in winter due to short hours of sunlight. Since the average temperature is below 10 degrees, a coat, jacket, and scarf are essential. It doesn’t snow enough to accumulate, but it is often cloudy and is rarely clear out.
What to do in Fukuoka in the Winter
Illuminations and Attractions
Fukuoka in the Christmas season has beautiful illuminations. Places where many people gather, such as around the station and large shopping malls, are elaborately lit up.
The most popular area is around Fukuoka Station. Titled “Let's go to Tenjin's Xmas”, the street trees and buildings are beautifully decorated, and the entire town is surrounded by champagne-gold lights. Not only that, there are also attractions such as ice skating rinks and illumination trains. These are very popular with children. The Christmas market and concerts held under the big Christmas tree are exciting for adults.
Winter Foliage in Fukuoka
Plums that are cultivated in over 100 types in Japan are designated as “prefectural flowers” in Fukuoka. The prefectural emblem is also designed with a plum blossom motif. These flowers bloom everywhere in Fukuoka from late January to mid-February. The most famous is Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu City, but you can also see them in Fukuoka City at parks such as Maizuru Park and Yuzan Citizen's Forest.
You can view the Japanese camellia with more ease. In Fukuoka City, Japanese camellia are planted as street trees for public greening, and their flowers can be seen for a long time from mid-December to mid-March. The contrast between dark green leaves and red flowers is eye-catching.
- Spot name: Maizuru Park
- Address ： 1 Jonai Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
- Access: Tenjin Station → [Fukuoka City Subway] 2 minutes → Akasaka Station ... 8 minutes on foot
- Wi-Fi: Unavailable
- Spot name: Yuzan Citizen’s Forest
- Street Address: 855-4 Hagiwara, Minami-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
- Access: Tenjin Station → [Nishitetsu Bus] about 40 minutes → Yuzandanchi Exit ... About 10 minutes by taxi
- Wi-Fi: Unavailable
Winter Gourmets of Fukuoka
There are a variety of Fukuoka's famous gourmet dishes, but motsunabe and mizutaki are especially delicious in cold winters. Motsunabe is a hot pot dish where stewed beef and pork are cooked with leek and cabbage. Mizutaki is a hot pot dish that takes advantage of the deliciousness of chicken with skin and bones. There are many shops in Fukuoka City, as well as throughout Fukuoka Prefecture, so be sure to try them out. If you want to have motsunabe, we recommend the Hakata Motsunabe Maedaya store, which is a shop for celebrities and baseball players.
- Spot name: Hakata Motsunabe Maedaya Sohonten
- Address: 2-9-20 Hakataekihigashi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0013
- Business hours: 11:00~15:00 (LO 14: 00) 17:00~24: 00 (LO 23:30)
- Holiday: Lunch is closed on weekdays
- Access: Hakata Station ... 6 minutes on foot
- Wi-Fi: Available
- Language ： English, Chinese, Korean
- Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, DINERS, UnionPay