ECOTON

Fukuoka Prefecture

True to the prefecture's commitment to promoting an environmentally-conscious lifestyle as well as great pride in its specialty Hakata Ramen dish, Fukuoka's Ecoton mascot is a white robotic piglet with a socket nose!

Fukuoka's calendar is packed with significant events all year round: Over 6,000 plum trees blossom at the famous Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in the springtime. And between May to July, you just might be able to watch two of the biggest national festivals, Hakata Dontaku and Hakata Gion Yamakasa.
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Highlights

  • Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine
    Sightseeing
    Built in dedication to the spirit of a learned scholar, Michizane Sugawara, the shrine offers a tranquil retreat for visitors to escape the bustles of the city as well as an avenue to wish for academic success. Join in the annual umeshu (plum liqueur) festival in March as 6,000 plum trees blossom in unison. 

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  • Hakata Dontaku and Hakata Gion Yamakasa
    Event
    Catch two of Japan's most exciting festivals right here in Fukuoka! Between 3rd and 4th May, the streets of Fukuoka will be filled with over 30,000 vibrantly dressed dancers and millions of spectators, making Hakata Dontaku the most attended festival in Japan! On a smaller but no less impressive scale, Hakata Gion Yamakasa features men in traditional costume racing through the streets of Hakata carrying decorated one-ton floats called "yamakasa".

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  • Hakata Ramen
    Food
    Named after its place of origin in Hakata, Fukuoka, this regional dish is also known as Tonkotsu ramen. Instantly recognizable by its cloudy pork bone broth, simple toppings of green onions and char siu add flavour and colour to the meal. The noodles are thinner than other ramen as well, though diners may choose their preferred firmness.

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