Say "Momochi" and most people think of the beach area of the same name, but it actually refers to a district to the ... More
Say "Momochi" and most people think of the beach area of the same name, but it actually refers to a district to the west of Fukuoka's downtown area. This is not just any district; it is the wealthiest and most scenic in the city. The district did not even exist in the early 1980s. It was part of Hakata Bay until an ambitious (and quite successful) land reclamation project began and was completed in the late 80s. The area is still being developed, and has numerous empty lots, but already there is the Fukuoka Tower, the public library, several museums, gorgeous avenues and walking areas, and, to the far west, neighborhoods whose combined land and housing worth challenges the GNPs of the world's poorer nations. No joke! Too bad the prefecture later decided to build a freeway extension just a stone's throw away.
The Fukuoka Dome resembles something from a futuristic movie set, having been the first retractable roof stadium in Japan. Now
it is home to the Daiei Hawks professional baseball team. Hot dogs and beer are de rigueur inside, but ...
Enjoy the slopes even in the summer! This year round snowboard park has a 60 meter slope with jumps and
a quarter pipe. In the off season, it converts to a half pipe. The snow is generated everyday and ...
The Atago shrine and there are three in Japan is dedicated to the patron god of matchmaking, hope and intimacy.
As you can imagine, couples frequent the grounds, some on official business with the shrine's priests; those with marriage ...
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