Fukuoka (福岡), city and port, is located on the southern coast of Hakata Bay, which was the site of a storm—what the Japanese called a kamikaze (“divine wind”)—in 1281 that scattered and sank a large fleet of invading Mongols in the 13th century and thus saved Japan from foreign occupation.
An ancient port, Fukuoka is now a regional commercial, industrial, administrative, and cultural centre.
The atmosphere is very peaceful and is different than other cities like Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto.
Fukuoka was rated one of the most livable cities in the world for several years in a row.
Finding tasty food in Fukuoka is easier than finding a croissant in Paris.
As dusk falls, over 100 open air food stalls or yatai, donned with colorful drapes open for business around the city.
Yatai began as simple, portable eateries that appeared one after another in devastated cities throughout the country after World War II.
Many offer ramen of course, but you can enjoy plenty of original offerings too, from oden winter soup to gyoza dumplings, yakitori grilled chicken skewers and tempura.