Fukuoka Castle used to be the biggest castle in Kyushu. Not much of the original structure is left, save for some turrets, gates, and its impressive stone walls.
It probably wasn’t the best idea to explore the site given the heat (we were there around 10 am), so take it from our experience and save this place for a much later time in the day. Here are some pictures:
Their garden was pretty but my heart sank a little bit when I saw photos online of how it looks like when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. It would have been more interesting too, if we had a guide taking us through its history.
I have not tried this, but came across a walking tour for Fukuoka Castle that sounded exactly what our little visit lacked: Fukuoka Castle Ruins Walk. If anything, it’s another incentive to go back and visit Fukuoka when it’s a little colder.
The Fukuoka Castle Ruins is about a 15-minute walk from Ohori-Koen subway station, and doesn’t have entrance fees. There’s a public bathroom near the entrance, as well as a vending machine for drinks. 🙂