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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:

Fukuoka Tower

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.

Momochihama Beach

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).

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Hotels around Fukuoka

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    • Hotel Great Morning
      Luxury
      Conveniently located in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, Hotel Great Morning is set 200 metres from Reisen Park, 200 metres from Tsunashiki Temman-gu Shrine and 400 metres from Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum. Among the facilities at this property are a concierge service and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, all rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. A continental breakfast is available every morning at Hotel Great Morning. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kawabata Shopping Arcade, Ryugu-ji Temple and Hakatamachiya Furusatokan Museum. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from Hotel Great Morning.
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    • Hostel TOKI
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a shared lounge, Hostel TOKI is located in Fukuoka, 1.2 km from Shofuku-ji Temple. The property is situated 1.6 km from Tocho-ji Temple. Guests can make use of a bar. Rooms at the hostel also have free WiFi. Shower and toilet facilities are shared with other guests. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Kego Shrine is 2 km from Hostel TOKI. Fukuoka Airport is 3 km away.
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    • Yagura Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Yagura Hostel is set in Fukuoka, 1 km from Ohori Park and 1.7 km from Nagahama Park. With a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms in the hostel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Yagura Hostel offers a sun terrace. The accommodation provides a laundry service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying. Popular points of interest near Yagura Hostel include Maizuru Park, Terumo Jinja Shrine and Fukuoka Castle. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 6 km from the hostel.
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    • A.T. Hotel Hakata
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in the centre of Fukuoka, A.T. Hotel Hakata provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Guests can use the hot tub, or enjoy city views. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a wardrobe and a TV. Guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near A.T. Hotel Hakata include Higashisumiyoshi Park, Otowa Park and Mizuho Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from the accommodation.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi
      Mid-range
      Situated in Fukuoka, near Fujifilm Photo Salon Fukuoka, Ninjin Park and Sumiyoshi Shrine, GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A microwave and fridge are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sugawara Shrine, Otowa Park and Meiji Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi.
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    • HOTEL COCON
      Mid-range
      Located in Fukuoka, near Imaizumi Park, Bic Camera Tenjin 1st Store and Sumiyoshi Shrine, HOTEL COCON features free WiFi. Every unit features a private bathroom and bidet, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a microwave. A fridge and kettle are also provided. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sugawara Shrine, Bic Camera Tenjin 2nd Store and Kego Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from HOTEL COCON.
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    • Miyako Hotel Hakata
      Luxury
      Open from September 2019, only 150 metres from JR Hakata Train Station, Miyako Hotel Hakata offers stylish rooms with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The famous Nanzoin Temple is a 30-minute train ride away. The air-conditioned rooms at Miyako Hotel Hakata come with pyjamas and slippers. Guests can relax in the bathtub or watch a pay TV programme. Miyako Hotel Hakata is a 3-minute walk from the popular electronic megastore Yodobashi Hakata, and it is a 15-minute walk from Tocho-ji Temple. The Tenjin area is a 5-minute subway ride from nearby Hakata Station, and Fukuoka Airport is just a 5-minute subway ride away. Fukuoka Castle is 5.5 km away, and the lively Nakasu area is 2.5 km from the property. A bar and cafe lounge are also on site.
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    • THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier
      Luxury
      Ideally set in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier is situated 200 metres from Fujita Park, 500 metres from Mangyoji Temple and 500 metres from Kushida Shrine. Featuring a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All rooms in THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Non-stop advice is available at the reception, where staff speak Japanese and English. Popular points of interest near THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier include Hakata Gion Yamakasa, Meiji Park and Zenshoji Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from the hotel.
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    • GRAND BASE Fukuoka
      Mid-range
      Situated in Fukuoka, near Hakatamachiyakishintakatoro, Tenjin Central Park and Sumiyoshi Shrine, GRAND BASE Fukuoka features free WiFi. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Seiryu Park, Sugawara Shrine and Kihinkan Hall. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from GRAND BASE Fukuoka.
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    • Hotel Marinoa Resort Fukuoka
      Luxury
      Looking over Hakata Bay and a yacht harbor, Hotel Marinoa Resort Fukuoka features spacious guest rooms with an ocean view, a relaxation spa and a stylish French restaurant. This hotel is located right next to Marinoa City Fukuoka outlet shopping mall. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Each room is fitted with a comfortable sofa and a balcony, and in-room facilities include a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. Some rooms feature a DVD player or a coffee machine. Guests can enjoy an ocean view from the balcony or while soaking in a bath. Two complimentary bottles of mineral water are provided daily. Fukuoka Marinoa Resort Hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, car rentals and laundry services. Drinks and snacks vending machines are available on site. Free parking is available. The hotel is a 40-minute bus ride from JR Hakata Shinkansen (bullet train) Station. Fukuoka Tower and Momochi Bayside Park can both be reached within a 15-minute bus ride. On-site Bleu Ciel restaurant serves original French dishes prepared with local seafood and other seasonal ingredients.
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