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Ohori Koen & Zoological and Botanical Gardens

At a glance

Ohori Koen is an enormous man-made lake split by a  walkway of interconnected islands. Nearby, you can explore the ruins of Fukuoka’s castle, visit the art museum or enjoy a walk along beautiful lotus blossoms and gardens.

Getting there

Well served by the subway and Nishitetsu buses from Tenjin.

Points of interest

Ohori Koen.  This park was opened in 1929 around an artificial lake modeled after the Sai Lake in China. Popular for its winter lighting displays and swan boat rides. The castle ruins, now Maizuru Koen, form an enormous recreational area adjacent to the park. The Fukuoka Art Museum, a Noh theater and a Japanese garden that oozes Zen serenity are nearby. Go for a relaxing jog, bike ride, or rent a mini pedal boat to cruise around the lake. Take the subway to Ohori Koen or Nishitetsu bus to Nishi Koen.

Maizuru Koen.  Formerly Maizuru Castle, built by Nagamasa Kuroda in 1601 and known as Fukuoka Castle Ruins, this park is now a favored hanami spot with the sakura trees providing just enough canopy for shade in the day and moonlight by night. Great for a picnic on any sunny day. Take the subway to Akasaka, or take Nishitetsu bus to Otemon.

Fukuoka Art Museum can be found adjacent to Ohori Koen and houses a large collection of pieces, including the work of Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Kyushu native Shigeru Aoki. The permanent exhibits of pre-modern and antique art collections are amazing. Adults 200 yen. Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:30pm, weekdays Jul-Aug 9:30am- 7:30pm; closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday). 1-6 Ohori koen, Chuo-ku. Tel 092-714-6051. Take the subway to Ohori Koen, or take Nishitetsu bus to Jonai Bijutsukan Higashiguchi.

Nishi Koen.  Probably one of the best (and most crowded) places to see the sakura bloom and scatter like pink confetti, this park makes for a great walk or picnic spot year round. Across Meijidori from Ohori Koen. Take the subway to Ohori Koen, or take Nishitetsu bus to Nishi Koen.

Korokan Historical Museum highlights Fukuoka’s importance as a contact point in diplomatic and international exchange. Korokan was an official guest house established in the ninth century for that purpose. The museum has on exhibition the reproduced lodging, as well as scaled-down buildings, pottery and other artifacts. Free. 9am- 5pm. 1-1 Jonai, Chuo-ku. Tel 092-721-0282. Take the subway to Akasaka, or Nishitetsu bus to Heiwadai or Akasaka 3-chome.

Yusentei Garden was built by the sixth of the Kuroda feudal lords in 1754 and is everything you would expect of a Japanese garden, which changes with the seasons. Drop by to participate in a tea ceremony and other cultural activities or just take pleasure in the tranquil splendor of the garden. Great for picnics. Adults 200 yen. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm; closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday). 1-46 Yusentei, Jonan-ku. Tel 092-711-0415. Take Nishitetsu bus to Yusentei.

Fukuoka City Zoological and Botanical Gardens are joined together by a bridge and host over 160 species of animals and 2600 kinds of plants. The botanical garden also houses. Asia’s largest greenhouse in which over 900 types of rare plants are grown. Adults 400 yen. Tue-Sun 9am-5pm; closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday). 1-1 Minami koen, Chuo-ku. Tel 092-531-1968. Take Nishitetsu bus to Dobutsuen-mae.