Fukuoka Parks and Gardens

(Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan)

Picture of gardens at Momochi BeachParks can be found all around the city of Fukuoka and provide plenty of peaceful areas, contrasting with busy city life. Whether you are looking for recreational activities, a place to enjoy a picnic, or simply a quick jog, Fukuoka's many parks are easy to find and will not disappoint.

Particularly popular with all the family is the Fukuoka City Zoo and Botanical Gardens within Minami-koen Park, with something for even the most serious of horticulturalists. Also equally notable is the expansive Chuo Park, and the traditional landscaping at the Ohori-koen Japanese Garden. Fukuoka's main parks and gardens are below.

Picture showing springtime cherry blossom at Maizuru Park

Maizuru Park

Address: Akasaka, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, 810-0073, Japan, JP
Close to the popular Ohori-koen Japanese Garden and fairly compact in size, Maizuru Park offers a series of pleasant pathways, where many locals come each morning for a quick jog around the park. During the summer months, a number of outdoor events take place within the park, and there is always plenty of opportunity for an impromptu picnic, or simply a sit down.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Fukuoka City Zoo and Botanical Gardens / Minami-koen Park

Address: 5-1-1 Ozasa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, 810-0033, Japan, JP
Tel: +81 092 531 1968
Whatever your age, there is truly something for everyone at the Fukuoka City Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The zoo is always a big hit for young children and full of exotic animals, while the adjacent Botanical Gardens, within Minami-koen Park, contain many important plant collections, including a huge number of flowering cacti, which are to be found in a large glasshouse.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, concessions available

Chuo Park

Address: Tenjin 1 Chome, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, 810-0001, Japan, JP
Known for its superb views of the neighbouring cityscape and expansive playing field, Chuo Park can be found within the Tenjin district of Fukuoka and is a great place to let of steam. Many people choose to play a game of football here, while others enjoy the more secluded areas, where plenty of seating is on offer. Look out for the cherry blossom in the spring, and the dramatic cloak of fall colours every autumn.
Open hours: daily - dawn to dusk
Admission: free

Nagahama Park

Address: Oyafuko Street, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, 810-0001, Japan, JP
Nagahama Park lies within Fukuoka's Tenjin neighbourhood and is famous amongst locals, often being used as a convenient meeting place and pickup spot for girls. Being close to numerous large offices, many workers come here at lunchtime to eat their food in attractive surroundings and escape the hub-bub of the city itself.
Open hours: daily - dawn to dusk
Admission: free

Ohori-koen Japanese Garden

Address: 1-7 Ohori-koen, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, 810-0051, Japan, JP
With authentic Japanese landscaping and plenty of traditional features, including clipped trees, rock gardens and a large lake, the Ohori-koen Japanese Garden is well worth finding. The lake itself attracts a variety of wildlife, including many different species of birds. A 2-km / 1.5 mile pathway lines the lake and is often used by joggers and those out for a stroll. Fukuoka's popular Museum of Modern Art lies within the boundaries of the park.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, concessions available