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 Hawks Town entertainment complex, which are located about one kilometer apart:

Fukuoka Tower

Hours: 9:30 to 22:00 (until 21:00 from October to March)
Closed: The last Monday and Tuesday of June
Admission: 800 yen (20% off for foreigners who show passport identification)
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 Yafuoku Dome

Fukuoka Yafuoku 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.

Access

The waterfront area can be reached in a 10-20 minute bus ride from Tenjin Station (230 yen one way), in a 20-30 minute bus ride from Hakata Station (230 yen one way) or in a 15-20 minute walk from Nishijin or Tojinmachi Subway Stations.

In addition, Seaside Momochi is a 20 minute, 1030 yen ferry ride from Uminonakamichi Seaside Park across Hakata Bay. Ferries depart approximately every two hours (more frequent during busy seasons).

How to get to and around Fukuoka

Hotels around Fukuoka

Recommended Hotels
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Luxury hotel inside the Canal City Hakata complex.
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Hotel Nikko Fukuoka
Comfortable 4-star hotel a short walk from Hakata Station.
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Hotel Route Inn Hakata Ekimae
Reliable business hotel just across Hakata Station.
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Page last updated: June 18, 2016