|• Governor||Hiroshi Ogawa (since April 2011)|
|• Total||4,971.01 km2 (1,919.32 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2013)|
|• Density||1,020.26/km2 (2,642.5/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-40|
|Flower||Ume blossom (Prunus mume)|
|Tree||Azalea (Rhododendron tsutsusi)|
|Bird||Japanese Bush Warbler (Cettia diphone)|
Shrines and temples
As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely 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 located in Fukuoka Prefecture:
Towns and villages
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.
|Kyushu Institute of Technology||Kitakyūshū and Iizuka|
|Kyushu University||Fukuoka and Kasuga|
|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 the latest Japanese population estimates (01 June 2013), population in Fukuoka Prefecture reached 5,088,483 habitants, 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 various countries of 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 Masjid Al Nour Islamic Culture Center, Dedicated to share Islamic subjects and culture.
- HKT48 Theater, local theater where the Idol group HKT48 performs everyday.
Major events and festivals
- 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)
- Coca Cola West Red Sparks (Fukuoka City)
- Fukuoka Sanix Blues (Munakata)
- Kyuden Voltex
- Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament
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.
- JR Kyushu
- Nishi-Nippon Railroad
- Amagi Railway
- Heisei Chikuhō Railway
- Fukuoka City Subway
- Kitakyushu Monorail
- Hawaii, United States
- Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China
- Delhi, India
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- 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; retrieved 2012-10-26.
- "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture". Ministry of the Environment. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- 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)
- "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)
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 10-ISBN 0-674-01753-6; 13-ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fukuoka Prefecture.|
- Fukuoka Prefecture travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Official Fukuoka Prefecture website (English)
- Official Fukuoka Tourism Association website (English)
- Fukuoka information homepage (English)
- Fukuoka Talk (English)
- English labelled map of Fukuoka Prefecture (English)
- National Archives of Japan ... Fukuoka map (1891)