More than just a Park

More than just a Park

Ohori Park is a large public city park (constructed between 1926 and 1929) in central Fukuoka with a large pond at its centre. Ohori is Japanese for large moat.

The park is designed after the classical garden stop the West Lake of Hangzhou in China.

The nearby attractions (some adjacent) to the park includes the Fukuoka Art Museum, Ohori Park Japanese Garden, Gokuku Shrine, and Fukuoka Castle Ruins. There are peony, rose, wisteria, plum blossom, and cherry blossom gardens too.

There were too many things to see and too many places to cover in this park. Here are some of highlights:

Najima Gate
Fukuoka Castle Ruins (Maizuru Park)
We decided to have lunch outside the park. We found a hole-in-the-wall cafe in a narrow back alley called Nana Ramen. It has written Japanese menu with no photos. The place is run by an old couple and has two tables and five counter seats. The water glasses didn’t match.
Nana Ramen: it looks like it has changed in years.
Based on Google Translate app, we ended up with vegetable ramen costing $6.00 each. Tasty and hot.
In front of Fukuoka Art Museum: one of this “Pumpkin” can be found on Naoshima Island (known as Japan’s Art Island)
Inside the Fukuoka Art Museum: a Sumo figure
Ohori Park Japanese Garden
In Ohori Park, going across three small islands (Willow, Pine, and Sweet Flag), linked by Chinese-style bridges, in the middle of the large traditional style pond as we were heading to the train station. There are distinctive lanes for walkers, runners, and bicyclists around the pond and park.
Swan-shaped pedal boats on the pond which is the remains of the Fukuoka Castle’s moats.

2 thoughts on “More than just a Park

  1. Ohori Park looked lovely. Spring has spring, sunshine and great weather. Enjoy. All well across alley.

  2. Ohori Park looked lovely. Spring has sprung, sunshine and great weather. Enjoy. All well across alley.

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