|Subdivisions||Districts: 12, Municipalities: 60|
|o Governor||Seitaro Hattori (since April 2021)|
|o Total||4,986.52 km2 (1,925.31 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2019)
|o Density||1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-40|
|Bird||Japanese bush warbler (Cettia diphone)|
|Flower||Ume blossom (Prunus mume)|
|Tree||Azalea (Rhododendron tsutsusi)|
Fukuoka Prefecture (Japanese: , Hepburn: Fukuoka-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Ky?sh?. Fukuoka Prefecture has a population of 5,109,323 (1 June 2019) and has a geographic area of 4,986 km2 (1,925 sq mi). Fukuoka Prefecture borders Saga Prefecture to the southwest, Kumamoto Prefecture to the south, and ?ita Prefecture to the southeast.
Fukuoka is the capital and largest city of Fukuoka Prefecture, and the largest city on Ky?sh?, with other major cities including Kitakyushu, Kurume, and ?muta. Fukuoka Prefecture is located at the northernmost point of Ky?sh? on the Kanmon Straits, connecting the Tsushima Strait and Seto Inland Sea across from Yamaguchi Prefecture on the island of Honshu, and extends south towards the Ariake Sea.
As of 1 April 2012, 18% of the land area of the prefecture was designated as natural parks: Setonaikai National Park, Genkai, Kitaky?sh?, and Yaba-Hita-Hikosan quasi-national parks, and Chikugogawa, Chikuh?, Dazaifu, Sefuri Raizan, and Yabegawa Prefectural Natural Parks.
Twenty-nine cities are in 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 Ky?sh?. Major industries include automobiles, semiconductors, and steel. Fukuoka prefecture is where tire manufacturer Bridgestone and consumer electronics chain Best Denki were founded.
One of Japan's top 5 universities, Kyushu University, is located in Fukuoka.
|Kyushu Institute of Technology||Kitaky?sh? 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|
According to October 2018 estimates, the population in Fukuoka Prefecture reached 5,111,494 inhabitants, making the prefecture the 9th most populated of Japan's 47 prefectures. It is one of the few prefectures with a steadily increasing population.
The sports teams listed below are based in Fukuoka.
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.
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 led 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 during the Dontaku festival, which attracts millions of visitors from across Japan during Golden Week. Fukuoka is the main shopping, dining, transportation and entertainment hub in Kyushu.
Dazaifu is popular for its many temples and historical sites, as well as the Kyushu National Museum.
Yanagawa is sometimes called "the Venice of Japan" for its boat tours on the abundant, calm rivers that wind through the city.
Kitakyushu features one of the famous night views of Japan from atop Mt. Sarakura, accessible via cablecar. The Mojiko area features waterfront dining, a market, and several preserved historical buildings. The Kanmon Kaikyo Tunnel which connects Kyushu (Moji ward, Kitakyushu) and Honshu (Shimonoseki) is free to walk through. The city center in Kokurakita ward contains the Riverwalk and Itsutsuya shopping complexes, Kokura castle, and the Uomachi Gintengai shopping arcade, the oldest shopping arcade in Japan.