Fukuoka

Fukuoka amusement park draws anger for skating atop 5,000 sea creatures frozen in ice

SpaceWorld’s “Aquarium of Ice” has been under fire by animal rights supporters for their unique attraction. But is it really all that it seems?

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Fukuoka City aims to resume traffic at site of road collapse less than a week after accident

Following days of around-the-clock work by construction workers, all eyes are on the city again following reports that the road will be fit to drive on by today.

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Fukuoka town builds enormous Godzilla replica out of… straw?

After hearing about it last week, you bet we went to check out Japan’s gigantic straw Godzilla for ourselves, and it’s way more imposing than we’d anticipated.

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UPDATE: Situation remains serious at scene of road collapse in Fukuoka

Our Japanese correspondent in Fukuoka brings us the latest images from the scene of the road collapse that occurred on the island of Kyushu.

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People evacuated as major road caves in outside station in Japan

Dramatic photos show the extent of the damage that occurred in the early hours of this morning.

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Gigantic straw Godzilla sculpture appears in Japan – establishes itself as King of Straw-nsters 【Pics】

Hay! Godzilla! Aren’t you a little far from home out here in the field?

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Fear and murder plague Western Japan golf courses over a checkbox on application forms

A handful of golf courses in Fukuoka Prefecture have refused to add a certain checkbox to their applications for fear of their lives.

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Naruto’s favorite noodle shop Ichiraku Ramen is real, and we just visited it!

We went to Fukuoka to find out just how tasty the noodles really are at the shop made famous in the manga.

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We visited Fukuoka’s Museum of Mysteries and we still have no idea what we saw

Who knew you could find so much in such an isolated location?

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World’s first “Monster Slider” coming to Japan this summer

The gigantic new waterslide combines several thrilling slide elements into one monster experience.

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Godzilla takes over limited-time retrospective exhibit at the Fukuoka Art Museum this summer

On July 15, the King of the Monsters is set to trample all over Japan’s southern city of Fukuoka! Er, well, maybe just the art museum…

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Stunning 4K videos of Dazaifu shrine will make you want a nicer screen and a ticket to Fukuoka

Unlike yours truly, Japan looks even better in super high def.

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We head to Fukuoka’s Kawachi Wisteria Garden to see the famous blossoms with our own eyes

The internationally famous garden in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture is a must-see for everyone at least once in their lives.

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Japanese police departments show comedic and dramatic sides while luring new graduates

Police departments in Osaka, Fukuoka, Oita, and Tokyo are reminding potential recruits that a career in law enforcement promises drama, power, mystery and yes, monkeys.

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Promo for Yanagawa City is filled with the beauty of Japan, adorable dancing girls【Video】

The Sagemon Girls are here to introduce their wonderful, little-known city to you!

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Three reasons why you should definitely visit Taiho Ramen in Fukuoka Prefecture

Our Japanese reporter shares three excellent reasons why you should stop by this ramen joint the next time you’re in Fukuoka. No excuses!

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We visit “world’s largest” Buddha in Fukuoka, puts Sagat’s to shame

Fukuoka Prefecture is a major tourist destination in Japan, drawing people form all over the country all year round. But what’s unusual about the prefecture is that, despite its great many visitors, it doesn’t have any particularly famous sightseeing spots. Most people come for the food alone—a fact which should give you an indication of how good it is.

That’s why our reporter, Takashi Harada went in search of something worth gawking at in the otherwise wonderful land of Fukuoka and came across something that every visitor ought to see: the “World’s Largest Buddha statue” nestled deep in its mountains.

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Roadside Station Ranking for 2015 is in, find out where you will be driving to in Japan

When traveling in Japan, there are a number of quick and easy ways to see the whole country. You can take the Shinkansen, Japan’s bullet train that excels at speed and comfort. There are also a number of budget airlines including Peach, Air Asia, and Skymark Airlines that can make your trip quicker, but force you to sacrifice some amenities for a lower cost.

But if you have the time, there is no better way to travel around Japan than by hitting the open roads. Just like the US, there are many quirky best-kept secrets accessible only by car that are worth visiting. Some of the best places that really connect you with the locals are the roadside rest stops called Michi no Eki (literally “roadside stations“) that are perfect for taking a toilet or sleeping break, but are also hubs for local food, crafts and history.

Want to find the best roadside stations to visit? The travel website Trip Advisor has assembled a list of the best Michi no Eki for 2015, so gas up the car, it’s time for a road trip.

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We explore the evolution of the toilet at Kitakyushu’s newly opened TOTO Museum

What would modern life be like without the humble toilet? Actually, we’d rather not think about that.

Many of us around the world should direct our thanks to TOTO Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturer of toilets and the very company that invented the washlet. In fact, Friday, August 28 marked the grand opening of the new TOTO Museum in Fukuoka Prefecture, where the company was originally founded in 1917.

Takashi Harada, our Japanese reporter who proclaims that he couldn’t survive a day without a washlet, immediately made a bee line to the new sanctuary to give thanks to the toilet gods and to learn a bit about the historical evolution of the toilet.

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Guinness World Record-breaking strawberry found in Fukuoka and it’s delicious

Everyone loves strawberries, right? Not only are they pretty hard to beat on the deliciousness scale, but they have the ability to ward off allergy symptoms and can even occasionally taste like peaches. Not bad for a little red fruit–or big red fruit if we’re talking about the Guinness World Record-breaking strawberry recently harvested in Fukuoka.

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