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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kyushu - Fukuoka
Ohori Park
# 4   of 8 most visited
sights in Fukuoka

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The large pond at the center of Ohori Park and the walking path that runs alongside it

Ohori Park (半, Ōhori-kōen) is a pleasant city park in central Fukuoka with a large pond at its center. There is a walking path around the circumference of the pond that is just a little over two kilometers long and is popular for jogging, walking pets and leisurely strolls by the water.

Ohori is Japanese for moat, and the pond at the center of the park once served as part of the moat system of the neighboring Fukuoka Castle. The park was constructed between 1926 and 1929 and designed after the classical garden style of the West Lake in China. There are three islands in the middle of the pond that are connected to the mainland and each other by elegant stone bridges.

A hexagonal, vermilion pavilion jutting out from one of the islands of Ohori Park

Directly adjacent to the pond at its southeastern corner is the Fukuoka Art Museum. The museum was opened in 1979 and has a permanent collection that includes Buddhist statues dating back to the 11th century and paintings and sculptures by modern artists like Miro and Dali. Besides the permanent collection, the museum also holds a variety of special temporary exhibitions.

A few steps south of the museum visitors will come across the Ohori Park Japanese Garden which, in contrast to the rest of the park, charges a small entrance fee. Here visitors can see typical features of Japanese gardens like dry landscapes and tea houses. The Gokoku Shrine is located across the street about 150 meters to the southeast. The path to the shrine leads under a massive torii gate and the main shrine building is a unique gold structure situated in front of a spacious yard.

Ohori Park's Japanese Garden
Gokoku Shrine

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How to get there
Ohori Park is a few steps from Ohori Koen Subway Station (10 minutes, 260 yen from Hakata Station).

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Hours and Fees
Fukuoka Art Museum
Hours:9:30 to 17:30 (until 19:30 from July to August except for Sundays and national holidays)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed:Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 28 to January 4
Admission:200 yen (a separate fee applies to special exhibitions)

Ohori Park Japanese Garden
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (until 18:00 from June to August)
Admission ends 15 minutes before closing time.
Closed:Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 29 to January 3
Admission:240 yen

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English Links
Fukuoka Art Museum
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Ohori Park
Official website.
Fukuoka Art Museum
Official website.
Gokoku Shrine
Official website.

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