Relaxing in Fukuoka
Fukuoka is famous within Japan for its quality of life, and relaxing is one of the most important parts of that. There’s something for all tastes here!
Ohori Park is one of the most popular getaways – spend time walking around, visit the beautiful Japanese gardens, take a boat out on the lake, or take in the art gallery.
The Round One entertainment complex close to school has indoor sports and entertainment for every fancy, as well as a giant manga collection. Pay one fee to enter and stay all day! There are also of course a variety of movie theatres around town showing original western films with Japanese subtitles (or if you’re feeling daring, watch a Japanese movie with no subtitles!).
Onsen (hot springs) are a national obsession, and there are some lovely ones even in the centre of the city. In particular, we recommend Tenjin Yu no Hana, five minutes’ walk from school, and Taka no Yu, also nearby.
Maid cafes are a new trend, where the staff dress as elegant maids to serve their masters and mistresses. In manga cafes, the walls are lined with comic books, from the famous to the obscure.
Finally, Fukuoka has some beautiful beaches only 10 minutes from GenkiJACS by bicycle or bus, at Momochi. A great way to spend a hot day! You can swim between about May and September each year. Further afield, there are wonderful natural beaches at Uninonakamichi and Fukuma to the north, and Itoshima to the west.