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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.

Getting there and around

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

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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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    • A.T. Hotel Hakata
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, A.T. Hotel Hakata is located 1.2 km from Higashisumiyoshi Park, 1.7 km from Otowa Park and 1.7 km from Mizuho Park. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Certain rooms include a kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and a stovetop. At the hotel guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Popular points of interest near A.T. Hotel Hakata include Hie Park, Ninjin Park and Yodobashi Multimedia Hakata. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.
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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. Featuring 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 rooms include a safety deposit box, while selected rooms also offer a balcony. 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, 14 km from the hostel.
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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, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. The rooms come with a kettle, while some rooms also offer a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a stovetop. All guest rooms feature a wardrobe. 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, 9 km from Hotel Great Morning.
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    • TEN APARTMENT HOTEL
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Fukuoka, 600 metres from Bic Camera Tenjin 2nd Store and 600 metres from The Shops, TEN APARTMENT HOTEL offers city views and free WiFi. All units are air-conditioned and some of them feature a seating area with a flat-screen TV, and a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area. There is a private bathroom with bidet in some units, along with slippers, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A terrace is available for guests to use at the aparthotel. Popular points of interest near TEN APARTMENT HOTEL include Imaizumi Park, Iwataya and Kego Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 10 km from the accommodation.
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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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    • 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, 9 km from HOTEL COCON.
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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, slippers and a hairdryer. 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, 8 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Kukodori
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      Situated in Fukuoka, near Tokokita Park, Tomb of Xie Guoming and Toko Park, GRAND BASE Hakata Kukodori features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with hot tub, slippers and a hairdryer. There is also a microwave, fridge and a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Wakahachimangu Shrine, Hakata Station Monument and Hakata Sennen no Mon Gate. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 2 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Kukodori.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku
      Mid-range
      Located in Fukuoka, near Saiko-ji Temple, Genjuan Temple and Shofuku-ji Temple, GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with hot tub, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave and fridge are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Shofuku-ji Temple, Hongaku-ji Temple and Junshin-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku.
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