Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
Also known locally as the Level5 Stadium, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium is proud to have been selected to be a host stadium for 2019.
The stadium has hosted many rugby union matches, but is mainly home to the Avispa Fukuoka Association Football Club.
With a capacity of just over 22,500, it’ll be packed to the rafters with the rousing voices of the fans as they see Italy kick off against the repechage winner on the 26th September. The Cockerels meet the Eagles as France and USA battle it out on the 2nd October, finishing with Ireland meeting Play-off winner on 12th October.
Fukuoka Yatai – image © Jocelyn Knightly Brown / InsideJapan Tours
Fukuoka is a laid-back, youthful, fun-loving city with good shopping, live music, a major baseball team and great restaurants. Due to its location Fukuoka is a great starting point for exploring the rest of Kyushu
Over the past ten years Fukuoka, the biggest city on Kyushu, has transformed itself into one of the most cosmopolitan and international cities in Japan. Although it is not as big as Tokyo or Osaka, it still manages to possess the same vibrant buzz.
Because of its proximity to South Korea and the rest of eastern Asia, the city has always been an important port with an international flavour. It is thought to be where tea and Buddhism were first introduced to Japan.
Fukuoka, however, is not a place to visit for traditional Japanese culture. There are a few important temples, shrines and museums but it’s the excesses of modern urban life that draw people to the city.
The downtown area of Tenjin is packed full of shops, restaurants, karaoke booths and bars and attacks all of the senses with neon lights, music, crowds of people and the smell of ramen drifting from yatai stalls.
‘Yatai’ are mobile food stands set up in the early evening on pedestrian walkways and cleared away by the early hours. The ones in Fukuoka are famous for selling a pork broth noodle soup known as tonkotsu ramen. The stalls are usually frequented by salary men having a few drinks with their colleagues on their way home from work.
Fukuoka is also a great place to see the Softbank Hawks baseball team play and is also a usual destination for Japanese pop concerts.
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