Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県 Fukuoka-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Fukuoka.
Fukuoka Prefecture includes the former provinces of Chikugo, Chikuzen, and Buzen.
Shrines and temples 
Kōra taisha, Sumiyoshi-jinja, Hakosagi-gū and Usa jinjū are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. 
Fukuoka Prefecture faces the sea on three sides, bordering on Saga, Ōita, and Kumamoto prefectures and facing Yamaguchi Prefecture across the Kanmon Straits.
Fukuoka includes the two largest cities on Kyūshū, Fukuoka and Kitakyushu, and much of Kyūshū's industry. It also includes a number of small islands near the north coast of Kyūshū.
Twenty-eight cities are located in Fukuoka Prefecture:
Towns and villages 
Map of Fukuoka Prefecture.
These are the towns and villages in each district.
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 noteworthy as the place where tire manufacturer Bridgestone and consumer electronics chain Best Denki were founded.
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Major Event and Festival in Fukuoka Prefecture 
- Hakata Dontaku Harbour Festival, Tenjin, Fukuoka on May 3 and 4
- Hakata Gion Yamagasa, Kushida Shrine, Fukuoka on July
- Kokura Gion Yamagasa, Kitakyushu on July
- Tobata Gion Yamagasa, Kitakyushu on July
- Kurosaki Gion Yamagasa, Kitakyushu on 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 race has been held in Fukuoka since 1959 and has seen a number of world records broken during its history.
Crime and safety 
Fukuoka Prefecture has the largest number of designated yakuza groups among all of the prefectures, at 5; 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 leads 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.
Fukuoka Prefecture has had the highest frequency of youth crime among all of the prefectures of Japan since 2003.
The most popular place for tourism is Fukuoka City, especially at the time of the Dontaku festival, and Dazaifu, although Kitakyūshū has also tried to attract tourists.
Sister regions 
- ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Fukuoka-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 218 at Google Books.
- ^ Nussbaum, "Fukuoka" in p. 218 at Google Books.
- ^ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" in p. 780 at Google Books.
- ^ "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3; retrieved 2012-10-26.
- ^ 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 (Japanese)
- ^ a b "Gunfire, The worst in the nation, None has been solved", 23 June 2011, Nishinippon Shimbun (Japanese)
- ^ "Fukuoka yakuza groups tackle police pressure in all-out war", 4 May 2010, The Tokyo Reporter, from Friday May 14, p.22-23 (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 (Japanese)
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