Seaside Momochi (シーサイドももち, Shīsaido Momochi) is Fukuoka's modern waterfront located on reclaimed land along Hakata Bay. The area was originally developed as the site of the 1989 Asia Pacific Expo and was designed with attractive, modern features such as wide, tree lined streets, futuristic buildings, public parks and no phone or electricity lines above ground.
Seaside Momochi is home to several attractive amusements including beaches, museums and a variety of shopping and dining options. The main attractions are centered around Fukuoka Tower and the MARK IS shopping complex, which are located about one kilometer apart:
Hours: 9:30 to 22:00 Closed: The last Monday and Tuesday of June Admission: 800 yen
Built in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Tower stands 234 meters tall and is far and away the city's highest building and Japan's tallest seaside tower. The tower is adorned in over 8000 mirrors and sports a three-storied observation deck at 123 meters above ground with good views over the city.
Hours: Beach always open, shops 10:00 to 20:00, restaurants 11:30 to 23:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: Free
Momochihama Seaside Park is a one kilometer long stretch of artificial beach at the foot of Fukuoka Tower. At the center of the beach is Marizon, an artificial island featuring restaurants, shops, a wedding hall, and a ferry port with connections to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park across Hakata Bay. The beach is a popular spot for swimming and sports such as volleyball and soccer.
Fukuoka City Museum
Hours: 9:30 to 17:30 (entry until 17:00) Closed: Mondays (or next day if Monday is a holiday), Dec 28 to Jan 4 Admission: 200 yen (permanent exhibition)
This history museum displays the cultural development of the local region with an emphasis on Fukuoka's role as a gateway for trade and culture exchange between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The permanent exhibit is very well done with interactive exhibits and lots of English information.
Fukuoka Paypay Dome
Fukuoka Paypay Dome is Japan’s first retractable roofed dome and multi-use arena. The seaside stadium is home to the Softbank Hawks baseball team, which is the only professional baseball team on Kyushu. The stadium hosts events and concerts in addition to games.
Getting there and around
The waterfront area can be reached in a 10-20 minute bus ride from Tenjin Station (240 yen one way), in a 20-30 minute bus ride from Hakata Station (240 yen one way) or in a 15-20 minute walk from Nishijin or Tojinmachi Subway Stations.
In addition, Seaside Momochi is a 20 minute, 1100 yen ferry ride from Uminonakamichi Seaside Park across Hakata Bay. Ferries depart approximately every two hours (more frequent during busy seasons).