Fukuoka Trip Part 2: Walking around Ohori Park and Nakasu Area

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[Introduction]

I traveled to Fukuoka, in mid December. While Fukuoka has an image of gourmet town, it has also tourist spots more than I expected. In this article, I will write about Ohori Park and Nakasu as part of Day 1. Both Ohori Park and Nakasu had photogenic spots more than expected.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Fly to Fukuoka with ANA
* Day 1: Ohori Park and Nakasu [This article]
* Day 1: Canal City Hakata (Illumination)
* Day 2: Marinoa City Fukuoka
* Day 2: Fukuoka City Museum and Momochi Seaside Park
* Day 2: Fukuoka Tower (Illumination)
* Day 3: Marine World Uminonakamichi
* Day 3: JR Hakata Station
* Day 3: JR Hakata Station (Illumination)
* Day 4: Dazaifu Tenmangu
* Day 4: Kyushu National Museum
* Day 4: Tenjin (Illumination)
* Day 5: Fukuoka Airport

[Travel Date]
2019.12.12-16

[Main Part]

Ohori Park

Following the previous post, I left some of my luggage at the hotel and started sightseeings.

To begin with, I moved from Hakata station to Ohori Park station by subway and came to Ohori Park.Fukuoka Ohori Park1

There was a pond in the park with a walking path around it.""

A couple.Fukuoka Ohori Park2

A man who seemed to be an earnest photographer.Fukuoka Ohori Park3

I was not blessed with weather at all in my previous trip to Seoul, but it seemed to be sunny this time.""

This conspicuous bridge was “Ukimi-do Hall”.Fukuoka Ohori Park Ukimi-do Hall

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I found several small birds such as ducks.""

Ohori Park had a Japanese garden and I visited it though the garden required an entrance fee.Fukuoka Ohori Park Japanese garden

It had already passed a peak season, but I enjoyed vestiges of autumn leaves.Fukuoka Ohori Park Japanese garden autumn leaves1

Well, I haven’t taken pictures of autumn foliage for years.Fukuoka Ohori Park Japanese garden autumn leaves2

I think visitors can enjoy a variety of scenery by seasons.Fukuoka Ohori Park4

Fukuoka Art Museum

There was “Fukuoka Art Museum” near Ohori Park and I visited the museum.Fukuoka Art Museum1

In the museum.Fukuoka Art Museum2

Fukuoka Art Museum3

Fukuoka Art Museum4

The art work of “Pumpkin” by Yayoi Kusama, a famous Japanese contemporary artist, was displayed outside.Fukuoka Art Museum Pumpkin Yayoi Kusama

Talking of Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin”, I saw other versions at Singapore and Korea. If you are interested in them, please check the following articles.

Fukuoka Castle Ruins

There was also “Fukuoka Castle Ruins” near Ohori Park and I visited it as well.

Fukuoka Castle was originally built in the early 17th century and dismantled in the late 19th century. Now only a few portions remains.Fukuoka Castle Ruins1

The former castle tower has now turned into an observation deck and I headed to it.""

I arrived at the former castle tower.Fukuoka Castle Ruins2

View from the observation deck.""

I heard these white objects were used for light-ups in the evening, which was  produced by teamLab, a famous Japanese art group.""

Nakasu

I left the Ohori Park area and moved to the Nakasu area.""

I came to the Nakasu area mainly because I would like to visit “Canal City Hakata” in the evening and I will go around the area before it.

This red brick house is “Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center”, which was originally built in 1909 as the Kyushu branch office of Nippon Life, the largest Japanese life insurance company.Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center

This retro building is “Kihinkan Hall”, which was developed in 1910.Kihinkan Hall

The center of Nakasu is a delta area surrounded by Nakagawa River and sightseeing boats are operating.""

The river, the boat and buildings in the background were harmonized.Fukuoka Nakasu1

You may want stay around the area all day.Fukuoka Nakasu2

Other snaps.Fukuoka Nakasu3

Fukuoka Nakasu4

Fukuoka Nakasu5

Kushida Shrine

There was “Kushida Shrine” around the area and I visited it.Fukuoka Nakasu Kushida Shrine1

“Kushida Shrine” holds several rituals such as “Hakata Gion Yamakasa” and “Hakata Okun-chi” and a decorated moving shrine was displayed in the shrine.Fukuoka Nakasu Kushida Shrine Hakata Gion Yamakasa

A sequence of Torii gates were placed.Fukuoka Nakasu Kushida Shrine2

A mother and a child over there became a good accent.Fukuoka Nakasu Kushida Shrine3

Finally, I visited the main shrine.Fukuoka Nakasu Kushida Shrine4

Then, I will move to “Canal City Hakata”.

[Closing]

That’s it for the article about Ohori Park and Nakasu as part of Day 1.

Ohori Park is a resting place for local people rather rather than a tourist spots. So, I didn’t see travelers so much, but I was able to go round the park in a leisurely pace and there were several photogenic spots such as “Ukimi-do Hall”. On the other hand, Nakasu has an image of an entertainment district including street stands, but I found several photo spots such as Nakagawa River with sightseeing boats and Kushida Shrine 🙂

In the next article, I will write about Canal City Hakata as part of Day 1.

[Map]

1 Ohori Park
2 Fukuoka Art Museum
3 Fukuoka Castle Ruins
4 Fukuoka Akarenga Cultural Center
5 Kihinkan Hall
6 Kushida Shrine

[Related Link]
Fukuoka City Gide “YOKA NAVI”
Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ohori Park
Fukuoka Art Museum

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