* 1 History
* 1.1 Shrines and temples
* 2 Geography
* 2.1 Cities * 2.2 Towns and villages * 2.3 Mergers
* 3 Economy * 4 Universities * 5 Demographics * 6 Culture * 7 Major events and festivals * 8 Sports * 9 Crime and safety * 10 Tourism
* 11 Transportation
* 11.1 Rail * 11.2 Air
* 12 Sister regions * 13 Notes * 14 References * 15 External links
See also: List of Historic Sites of Japan (Fukuoka)
Fukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo , Chikuzen , and Buzen .
SHRINES AND TEMPLES
Map of Fukuoka Prefecture.
As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks : Setonaikai National Park , Genkai , Kitakyūshū , and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa , Chikuhō , Dazaifu , Sefuri Raizan , and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.
Twenty-eight cities are in Fukuoka Prefecture:
* Asakura * Buzen * Chikugo * Chikushino
* Itoshima * Kama * Kasuga * Kitakyūshū
* Koga * Kurume * Miyama * Miyawaka
* Munakata * Nakama * Nōgata * Ogōri
* Ōkawa * Ōmuta * Ōnojō * Tagawa
* Ukiha * Yame * Yanagawa * Yukuhashi
Fukuoka City *
TOWNS AND VILLAGES
These are the towns and villages in each district :
* Asakura District
* Chikuzen * Tōhō
* Chikujō District
* Chikujō * Kōge * Yoshitomi
* Chikushi District
* Nakagawa (on 1 October 2018 gained city status)
* Kaho District
* Kasuya District
* Hisayama * Kasuya * Sasaguri * Shime * Shingū * Sue * Umi
* Kurate District
* Kotake * Kurate
* Mii District
* Miyako District
* Kanda * Miyako
* Mizuma District
* Onga District
* Ashiya * Mizumaki * Okagaki * Onga
* Tagawa District
* Aka * Fukuchi * Itoda * Kawara * Kawasaki * Ōtō * Soeda
* Yame District
Main article: List of mergers in Fukuoka Prefecture
Fukuoka prefecture's main cities form one of Japan's main industrial centers, accounting for nearly 40% of the economy of Kyūshū. Major industries include automobiles, semiconductors, and steel. Fukuoka prefecture is where tire manufacturer Bridgestone and consumer electronics chain Best Denki were founded.
Kurume University Kurume
Seinan Gakuin University Fukuoka
Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences Dazaifu
Kyushu Sangyo University Fukuoka
Fukuoka Women\'s University Fukuoka
Fukuoka University of Education Munakata, Fukuoka
According to 1 June 2013 Japanese estimates, the population in Fukuoka Prefecture reached 5,088,483 inhabitants, making the prefecture the 9th most populated of Japan's 47 prefectures.
* Fukuoka Art Museum – In Ohori Park; contains a wide selection of contemporary and other art from around the world * Fukuoka Asian Art Museum – contains art from Asia * Fukuoka City Museum – displays a broad range of items from the region's history, including a spectacular gold seal * Genko Historical Museum (元寇史料館; Museum of the Mongol Invasion) in Higashi Koen (East Park) displays Japanese and Mongolian arms and armor from the 13th century as well as paintings on historical subjects; open on weekends * Hakata Machiya Folk Museum – Dedicated to displaying the traditional ways of life, speech, and culture of the Fukuoka region * Fukuoka Castle – a castle in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka * Hakata Gion Yamakasa – Japanese festival celebrated 1–15 July * Ōhori Park – a registered Place of Scenic Beauty * Kyushu National Museum – The collections cover the history of Kyūshū from prehistory to the Meiji era with particular emphasis on the rich history of cultural exchange between Kyūshū and neighboring China and Korea * HKT48 Theater – where the idol group HKT48 performs every day * LinQ – the Kyushu idol group meaning "Love in Kyushu", local theater where the LinQ performs weekly on Saturday and Sunday in Tenjin Best Hall
MAJOR EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
* Hakata Dontaku Harbour Festival, Tenjin, Fukuoka on May 3 and 4 * Hakata Gion Yamagasa, Kushida Shrine, Fukuoka in July * Kokura Gion Yamagasa, Kitakyushu in July * Tobata Gion Yamagasa, Kitakyushu in July * Kurosaki Gion Yamagasa, Kitakyushu in July * Kitahara Hakushu Festival, Yanagawa on November 1 to 3
The sports teams listed below are based in Fukuoka. Football (soccer)
The prefecture has two significant annual athletics events: the Fukuoka International Cross Country and the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship . The marathon has been held in Fukuoka since 1959 and has seen world records broken.
CRIME AND SAFETY
Fukuoka Prefecture has the most designated yakuza groups among all of the prefectures, at five: the Kudo-kai , the Taishu-kai , the Fukuhaku-kai , the Dojin-kai and the Kyushu Seido-kai . Between 2004 and 2009, and in early 2011, Fukuoka Prefecture lead the nation in gun-related incidents. These incidents were mostly related to the local yakuza syndicates, specifically the Kudo-kai , the Dojin-kai , and the Kyushu Seido-kai .
The most popular place for tourism is Fukuoka City , especially at the time of the Dontaku festival, and Dazaifu, although Kitakyūshū has tried to attract tourists.
* West Japan Railway Company (=JR Nishinihon)
* JR Kyushu
* Amagi Railway Amagi Line
* Ita Line , Itota Line , Tagawa Line
* Fukuoka City Subway
* Kitakyushu Monorail
* New Kitakyushu airport
* ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fukuoka-ken" in _Japan Encyclopedia, p. 218_, p. 218, at Google Books . * ^ Nussbaum, "Fukuoka" in _p. 218_, p. 218, at Google Books . * ^ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" in _p. 780_, p. 780, at Google Books . * ^ "Nationwide List of _Ichinomiya_," p. 3 Archived May 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine .; retrieved 2012-10-26. * ^ "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture" (PDF). Ministry of the Environment . 1 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013. * ^ * ^ http://www.fukuoka-edu.ac.jp/ * ^ Nakamura, Ken. Marathon - A history of the Fukuoka International Marathon Championships by K. Ken Nakamura - Part 1 1947-1966. IAAF . Retrieved on 2010-02-28. * ^ "Retrospection and Outlook of Crime Measure", p.15, Masahiro Tamura, 2009, _National Police Agency _ (in Japanese) * ^ _A_ _B_ "Gunfire, The worst in the nation, None has been solved", 23 June 2011, _ Nishinippon Shimbun _ (in Japanese) * ^ " Fukuoka yakuza groups tackle police pressure in all-out war", 4 May 2010, _The Tokyo Reporter_, from _Friday _ May 14, p.22-23 (in Japanese) * ^ 非行防げ、捜査員奮闘…少年犯罪全国ワースト１の福岡, _ Yomiuri Shimbun _ (in Japanese)
* Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. 2005. _Japan encyclopedia_. Cambridge: Harvard University Press . ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5 ; OCLC 58053128
_ Wikimedia Commons has media related to FUKUOKA PREFECTURE _.
_ Wikivoyage has a travel guide for FUKUOKA PREFECTURE