Fukuoka Prefecture (Japanese: 福岡県 Hepburn: Fukuoka-ken) is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka. As of 2018, it is the ninth most populated prefecture in Japan.
|Subdivisions||Districts: 12, Municipalities: 60|
|• Governor||Hiroshi Ogawa (since April 2011)|
|• Total||4,986.52 km2 (1,925.31 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2019)
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-40|
|Bird||Japanese bush warbler (Cettia diphone)|
|Flower||Ume blossom (Prunus mume)|
|Tree||Azalea (Rhododendron tsutsusi)|
As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitakyūshū, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuhō, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.
Twenty-nine cities are in Fukuoka Prefecture:
These are the towns and villages in each district:
Fukuoka prefecture's main cities form one of Japan's main industrial centers, accounting for nearly 40% of the economy of Kyūshū. Major industries include automobiles, semiconductors, and steel. Fukuoka prefecture is where tire manufacturer Bridgestone and consumer electronics chain Best Denki were founded.
One of Japan's top 5 universities, Kyushu University, is located in Fukuoka.
|Kyushu Institute of Technology||Kitakyūshū and Iizuka|
|Kyushu University||Fukuoka and Kasuga|
|Seinan Gakuin University||Fukuoka|
|Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences||Dazaifu|
|Kyushu Sangyo University||Fukuoka|
|Fukuoka Women's University||Fukuoka|
|Fukuoka University of Education||Munakata|
According to October 2018 estimates, the population in Fukuoka Prefecture reached 5,111,494 inhabitants, making the prefecture the 9th most populated of Japan's 47 prefectures. It is one of the few prefectures with a steadily increasing population.
The sports teams listed below are based in Fukuoka.
The prefecture has two significant annual athletics events: the Fukuoka International Cross Country and the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship. The marathon has been held in Fukuoka since 1959 and has seen world records broken.
Fukuoka Prefecture has the most designated yakuza groups among all of the prefectures, at five: the Kudo-kai, the Taishu-kai, the Fukuhaku-kai, the Dojin-kai and the Kyushu Seido-kai. Between 2004 and 2009, and in early 2011, Fukuoka Prefecture led the nation in gun-related incidents. These incidents were mostly related to the local yakuza syndicates, specifically the Kudo-kai, the Dojin-kai, and the Kyushu Seido-kai.
The most popular place for tourism is Fukuoka City, especially during the Dontaku festival, which attracts millions of visitors from across Japan during Golden Week. Fukuoka is the main shopping, dining, transportation and entertainment hub in Kyushu.
Dazaifu is popular for its many temples and historical sites, as well as the Kyushu National Museum.
Yanagawa is sometimes called "the Venice of Japan" for its boat tours on the abundant, calm rivers that wind through the city.
Kitakyushu features one of the famous night views of Japan from atop Mt. Sarakura, accessible via cablecar. The Mojiko area features waterfront dining, a market, and several preserved historical buildings. The Kanmon Kaikyo Tunnel which connects Kyushu (Moji ward, Kitakyushu) and Honshu (Shimonoseki) is free to walk through. The city center in Kokurakita ward contains the Riverwalk and Itsutsuya shopping complexes, Kokura castle, and the Uomachi Gintengai shopping arcade, the oldest shopping arcade in Japan.
Ashiya Air Field (芦屋飛行場, Ashiya Hikōjō) (ICAO: RJFA) is a military airdrome of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Ashiya Airbase (芦屋基地, Ashiya Kitchi). It is located 0.5 NM (0.93 km; 0.58 mi) north of Ashiya in the Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.Chidori Station
Chidori Station (千鳥駅, Chidori-eki) is a train station on the Kagoshima Main Line operated by JR Kyushu located in Koga, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.Dazaifu Tenmangū
Dazaifu Tenman-gū (太宰府天満宮) is a Shinto shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. It is built over the grave of Sugawara no Michizane (845–903) and is one of the main shrines dedicated to Tenjin, the deified form of Michizane.Hama-Kokura Freight Terminal
Hama-Kokura Freight Terminal (浜小倉駅, Hamakokura-eki) is a freight terminal on the Kagoshima Main Line in Kokura Kita-ku, Kitakyūshū, Japan, operated by Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight). Presently the terminal handles no scheduled trains.Kanda Station (Fukuoka)
Kanda Station (苅田駅, Kanda-eki) is a railway station on the Nippō Main Line operated by Kyushu Railway Company in Kanda, Fukuoka, Japan.Kitakyushu Monorail
The Kitakyushu Monorail (北九州モノレール, Kitakyūshū monorēru) is a monorail system in the city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, operated by Kitakyushu Urban Monorail Co. Ltd. (北九州高速鉄道株式会社, Kitakyūshū Kōsoku Tetsudō Kabushiki-gaisha, literally "Kitakyūshū Rapid Transit Co. Ltd.").
The Kokura Line (小倉線, Kokura-sen) is the only line. It runs the 8.8 km (5.5 mi) between Kokura station and Kikugaoka station in Kokura Minami ward in about 18 minutes. It was opened on January 9, 1985, between the station now called Heiwadori and Kikugaoka, and extended about 300 metres (1000 ft) to Kokura station from Heiwadori on April 1, 1998.
The monorail is owned by the city of Kitakyushu, and did not begin to make a profit until the extension to Kokura station was completed. This had been resisted by the businesses in Uomachi shopping district who feared they would lose customers, but that did not happen.
Once a year, there are beer parties and wine parties held on the monorail, bookings made in advance. Santa Claus boards the train on December 24.Kokura Airport
Kokura Airport (小倉空港, Kokura Kūkō), previously called Kitakyūshū Airport (北九州空港, Kitakyūshū Kūkō) until 2005, was a small airport in Kokura Minami-ku, Kitakyūshū, Japan. There used to be four flights to and from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) every day. The runway was 1,600 m (5,249 ft) long, so large jets could not use it. It is now commonly referred to as Kokura, its location, to distinguish it from the New Kitakyushu Airport (renamed Kitakyushu Airport in 2008), an offshore airport built on a man-made island in Suo nada, the most westerly part of the Seto Inland Sea. The new airport opened in March 2006, taking over the old airport codes (IATA: KKJ, ICAO: RJFR).
As of 2013, the former airport is one of the potential sites for new JASDF facilities as part of an ongoing defense buildup.Kurosaki Station
Kurosaki Station (黒崎駅) is a station in Yahata Nishi-ku, Kitakyushu serving Kagoshima Main Line, Fukuhoku Yutaka Line and Chikuhō Electric Railroad Line. It was first opened in 1891. Express trains, including the Sonic, stop here.Kurume Station
Kurume Station (久留米駅, Kurume-eki) is a railway station in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan, operated by the Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu).Kyūsandaimae Station
Kyūsandaimae Station (九産大前駅, Kyūsandaimae-eki) is a railway station on the Kagoshima Main Line operated by JR Kyushu in Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The name of the station was officially announced by JR Kyushu on September 24, 2008. It is the nearest station of Kyushu Sangyo University. The station name means, literally, "in front of Kyushu Sagyo University".Minami-Kokura Station
Minami-Kokura Station (南小倉駅, Minami-kokura-eki) is a railway station on the Nippō Main Line operated by Kyūshū Railway Company in Kokura Kita-ku, Kitakyūshū, Japan. It is famous for a pornographic film which was recorded on the station platform and led to prosecutions and arrests.Minami-Setaka Station
Minami Setaka Station (南瀬高駅, Minami Setaka-eki) is a railway station on the Kagoshima Main Line, operated by JR Kyushu in Miyama, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.Nishi-Kokura Station
Nishi-Kokura Station (西小倉駅, Nishi-Kokura-eki) is a railway station on the Kagoshima Main Line and Nippō Main Line operated by Kyūshū Railway Company in Kokura Kita-ku, Kitakyūshū, Japan.Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka
The Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka are a Japanese basketball team, playing in the second division of the B.League. They are based in Fukuoka Prefecture and were coached by Joe Bryant, the father of Kobe Bryant in 2015.Sasabaru Station
Sasabaru Station (笹原駅, Sasabaru-eki) is a railway station on the Kagoshima Main Line, operated by JR Kyushu in Minami-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.Shiida Station
Shiida Station (椎田駅, Shiida-eki) is a railway station on the Nippō Main Line operated by Kyūshū Railway Company in Chikujō, Fukuoka, Japan.Shindembaru Station
Shindembaru Station (新田原駅, Shindenbaru-eki) is a railway station on the Nippō Main Line operated by Kyūshū Railway Company in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka, Japan.Tsuiki Air Field
Tsuiki Air Field (築城飛行場, Tsuiki Hikōjō) (ICAO: RJFZ) is a military aerodrome of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force Tsuiki Airbase (築城基地, Tsuiki Kichi). It is located in Tsuiki, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.Yukuhashi Station
Yukuhashi Station (行橋駅, Yukuhashi-eki) is a railway station on the Nippō Main Line in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka, Japan, operated jointly by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu) and the third-sector railway operator Heisei Chikuho Railway.
|Wards of Fukuoka|
|Wards of Kitakyushu|