Perhaps the spirit of Fukuoka is best experienced in summer. The streets of Gion come alive in the first weeks of July with the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. The climax of the festival is a race that takes place on July 15, when seven neighborhoods that make up the Hakata district compete to get their float to the finish line of a 5km course first.During the summer season, you can also chill out at the Momochihama beach, near the city center yet offering a glistening piece of the sea, sun and sand. Have lunch at a seaside restaurant here, and hop on a ferry to visit Marine World at Uminonakamichi.
Baseball season is also at its height in the summer, and catching a ball game at the Fukuoka Yahoo Japan Dome at the Momochihama Beach is a great way to spend the day experiencing Japanese baseball and mixing with the locals, and watching them cheering on their local team, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.Do try to catch the major fireworks festival held during the height of summer on August 1 at Ohori Park, where around 6,000 fireworks light up the night sky.
Have supper at the Nakasu Yatai Food Stall district by the river, chewing the fat with the locals over ramen or grilled yakitori and other soul food.
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