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The ruins of Fukuoka Castle (, Fukuokajōato) are located in the middle of the city in Maizuru Park, named after the castle's alias, Maizuru Castle. During the Edo Period (1603-1867), Fukuoka Castle used to be the largest castle on Kyushu, but it was almost completely torn down after the Meiji Restoration as an unwanted symbol of the feudal past. Nowadays only ruined walls and a few turrets remain, and the park attracts visitors with walking trails and a few lookout points.

Fukuoka Castle was built in the beginning of the 17th century by Kuroda Nagamasa, who was appointed lord of the surrounding Chikuzen feudal domain (part of today's Fukuoka Prefecture) for his support of Tokugawa Ieyasu during the battle of Sekigahara. The Kuroda clan ruled from the castle for more than two centuries until the abolition of the feudal system in 1870.

The best time to visit the castle ruins is usually between late March and early April, when Maizuru Park turns into the city's most pleasant spot for cherry blossom viewing. A number of walking paths are lined with cherry trees so that visitors can walk through a tunnel of flowers, and there are also plenty of lawned areas for holding hanami parties under the blossoms.

Among the few surviving or reconstructed castle buildings are some gates and guard towers, scattered across the castle grounds. Parts of the moat system also remain, most noticeably on Maizuru Park's northern border and in front of the large lake at the center of the neighboring Ohori Park.

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The Fukuoka Castle Ruins can be reached in a 10-15 minute walk from Ohori Koen Subway Station.

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    • A.T. Hotel Hakata
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      Conveniently situated in the centre of Fukuoka, A.T. Hotel Hakata provides 3-star accommodation close to Higashisumiyoshi Park and Otowa Park. The property is around 1.9 km from Konko Church - Minami Ward, 2.1 km from Kamimuta Park and 2.1 km from Nakahie Park. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Certain rooms include a kitchen with a fridge, a microwave and a stovetop. The hotel offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub and terrace. Popular points of interest near A.T. Hotel Hakata include Mizuho Park, Ninjin Park and Hie Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 2 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Marinoa Resort Fukuoka
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      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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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Naraya
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, GRAND BASE Hakata Naraya is situated in Fukuoka, 400 metres from Tsunashiki Temman-gu Shrine and 700 metres from Nakajima Park. The 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The property is 4 km from the city centre and 400 metres from Okihamainari Shrine. All units at the hotel are fitted with a seating area. All rooms in GRAND BASE Hakata Naraya are fitted with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kagami Temmangu Shrine, Zendo-ji Temple and Honko-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Naraya.
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    • Miyako Hotel Hakata
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      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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    • LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka is set in Fukuoka, 500 metres from Kego Park and 400 metres from Iwataya. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is 400 metres from The Shops, and within 500 metres of the city centre. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Complete with a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, all guest rooms at LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning, and some rooms also offer a balcony. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Solaria Plaza, Nishitetsu Fukuoka station and Solaria Stage. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 5 km from LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka.
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    • THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier
      Luxury
      Ideally set in the centre of Fukuoka, THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. Well located in the Hakata Ward district, this hotel offers a restaurant, as well as a sauna. Sugawara Shrine is less than 1 km away and Meiji Park is a 9-minute walk from the hotel. All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Staff at the 24-hour front desk speak English and Japanese. Popular points of interest near THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier include Fujita Park, Kushida Shrine and Hakata Gion Yamakasa. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from the hotel.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi
      Mid-range
      Situated in the centre of Fukuoka, within 600 metres of Fujifilm Photo Salon Fukuoka and less than 1 km of Ninjin Park, GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi features accommodation with free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge and microwave are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sugawara Shrine, Higashisumiyoshi Park and Sumiyoshi Shrine. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku
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      Located in the centre of Fukuoka, GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku has well-equipped accommodation featuring free WiFi, 50 metres from Saiko-ji Temple and 70 metres from Genjuan Temple. The accommodation features a hot tub. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge and microwave are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Junshin-ji Temple, Shofuku-ji Temple and Sesshin-in Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Haruyoshi
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      Set 500 metres from Sumiyoshi Shrine in Fukuoka, GRAND BASE Hakata Haruyoshi offers accommodation with air conditioning and free WiFi. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, shower and free toiletries, while the kitchen features a fridge, a microwave and a stovetop. Some units feature a dining area and/or a balcony. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sugawara Shrine, Hakatamachiyakishintakatoro and Seiryu Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Haruyoshi.
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    • Dream Inn Hakata
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      Dream Inn Hakata is situated in the centre of Fukuoka, not far from Shofuku-ji Temple. Complimentary WiFi is available. The accommodation comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and kettle, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bath and bidet. A bicycle rental service is available at this property. Tocho-ji Temple is 1.5 km from the aparthotel, while Kego Shrine is 2.1 km from the property. Fukuoka Airport is 2 km away.
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