|• 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 (1 June 2013), 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 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 Castle – a Japanese castle located in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka.
- Hakata Gion Yamakasa – Japanese festival celebrated from 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, local theater where the Idol group HKT48 performs every day.
- LinQ Idol is Kyushu idol group with meaning "Love in Kyushu", local theater where the LinQ performs every 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 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 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 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 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.
- West Japan Railway Company(=JR Nishinihon)
- 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
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- "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3; 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.
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