Fukuyama (福山市) is a city in Hiroshima Prefecture. As of April 2021, Fukuyama had a population of approximately 458,250 people.
The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport (HIJ) in the city of Mihara. The airport has flights connecting with Tokyo (both Haneda and Narita), Naha, Sendai, and Sapporo. There are also international flights to Seoul (ANA, Asiana), Dalian (ANA, Air China), Beijing (ANA, Air China), Shanghai (JAL, China Eastern), and Taipei (China Airlines). It is easy to take a bus from the airport to Mihara Station to get a train to Fukuyama.
Fukuyama, an intermediate stop on the Sanyo Shinkansen line, is approximately 25 minutes from Hiroshima via bullet train (¥4510 (adult, unreserved seat), one hour from Osaka (¥7470 adult, unreserved seat) and 90 minutes from Fukuoka (¥10,770 adult, unreserved seat). One-seat rides on the Nozomi depart once per hour from Kyoto (80 minutes, ¥8240 adult, unreserved seat), Nagoya (2 hours, ¥11,770 adult, unreserved seat) and Tokyo (3¾ hours, ¥16,930 adult, unreserved seat).
You cannot use the Nozomi with the Japan Rail Pass (though you can if using one of the relevant JR West Passes); and if coming from Tokyo, Nagoya or Kyoto you will have to change trains en route. However, there are two early-morning Hikari trains from Nagoya and Kyoto that offer a one-seat ride to Fukuyama.
From Tokyo, Odakyu Bus and Chugoku Bus operate the nightly Etoile Seto to Fukuyama from Shinjuku Station (9¼ hours, ¥10500 each way).
Keihan Kyoto Kotsu runs three round-trips from Kyoto station (4 hours, ¥4100), and Kintetsu Bus runs seven round-trips from Osaka's Umeda and Namba stations (3½ hours from Umeda, ¥3770).
From Hiroshima, Rose Liner buses operated by Ikasa Tetsudo and Tomo Tetsudo operate 2-3 times per hour out of the Hiroshima Bus Center (1 hour 40 minutes, ¥2300).
There are bus stops and taxi stands with easy availability through the day. For JR West Pass holders, there are electric bicycle rentals available. The city also has inexpensive bicycle rentals for riders (6AM-11PM, ¥150 per day). For those wishing to go to more isolated areas such as near the coast or mountains, a rental car would be the most convenient and efficient. There are over a dozen car rental agencies close to Fukuyama Station.
Tomonoura Joyato Stone Lighthouse
- Fukuyama Castle Park (福山城公園), 1-8 Marunouchi, Fukuyama (Next to Fukuyama Stn), ☎ 084-928-1095 (fax: 084-922-2126), . 6AM–10PM, Castle closed Mon exc. holidays. You can explore this double-moat castle area, plus the Sanzo Inari Shrine, along with numerous museums (see below). The castle is a re-creation of the original 7-story castle, finished in 1622. edit
- Shinshoji Temple (神勝寺), 91 Kamisanna, Numakumacho, Fukuyama (15km southwest of downtown), ☎ 084-988-1111, . 9AM–5PM. While much more trouble to get to, this zen temple is absolutely worth it with its magnificent garden including a large pond, green hill, walking trails, and tea houses. The complex also has a couple of art galleries, restaurant, and public bath. ¥1200. edit
- Bara Park (ばら公園), 1-5 Hanazonocho, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-928-1095, . A magnificent rose garden that explodes in color every May and October. You can see 280 varieties of over 5500 rose bushes, and this is one of the finest rose gardens in the region. Free. edit
- Myōōin Temple (明王院), 1473 Kusadocho, Fukuyama (10 min taxi from Fukuyama Stn), ☎ 084-951-1732 (fax: 084-944-8881), . 8AM–5PM. A hillside temple going back to the year 807 and famous for its nice 5-story pagoda. There is also a beautiful water lily garden and forest-side stairways. Free. edit
- Bingo Kokubunji Temple (備後国分寺), Kannabecho, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-966-2384, . The roots of this temple go way back to the Nara Period in the mid-8th century, though it has been destroyed by war and floods over the centuries. Today you can still see some beautiful architecture, a long pine tree promenade, carefully sculpted trees, and rebuilt 5-story pagoda, in addition to the preserved grounds nearby where the first complex stood. edit
- Bandaiji Temple (磐台寺), 1427 Numakumacho, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-987-3862. 8AM–5PM. A seaside temple that if it got any closer to the ocean it would be under it. The bright red vermilion Kannondo Hall on the cape above the seashore was built in 1573, and became famous in an Utagawa ukiyo-e picture, and registered as a national tangible cultural property. edit
- Heikedani Iris Garden (平家谷花しょうぶ園), 2022 Numakumacho, Fukuyama, . Throughout the month of June this garden comes alive with more than 300 varieties of 48,000 iris flowers. Nearby is also a camellia garden, with hundreds of kinds of flowers, mostly blooming in March and April. Car recommended. ¥500. edit
- Fukuyama Municipal Zoo (福山市立動物園), 276-1 Fukuda, Ashidacho, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-958-3200 (fax: 084-958-3022), . 9AM-4:30PM. Specializes in a wide variety of monkees, felines, reptiles, birds, and rodents. ¥520. edit
- Tomonoura, (30 min south of Fukuyama Stn by bus). An ancient port town on the Seto Inland Sea with scenic views of outlying islands. It is famous for Homeishu, a sweet liqueur, made in the Tomo area for over a thousand years. Four distilleries offer free tastes. Tomonoura is also known for its red sea bream fishing display using traditional methods each May. Enjoy a drink or lazy lunch at one of two harbor-side cafes next to the lighthouse. edit
- Human Rights and Peace Museum (福山市人権平和資料館), 1-9-1-1 Marunouchi, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-924-6789, . 9:30AM–5PM, Closed Mon exc. holidays. Has exhibits that focus on the destruction during WWII, as well as discrimination against the Burakumin people and other displays that focus on Fukuyama issues. ¥100. edit
- Fukuyama Art Museum (ふくやま美術館), 2-4-3 Nishimachi, Fukuyama (In Fukuyama Castle Park), ☎ 084-932-2345 (fax: 084‐932‐2347), . 9:30AM–5PM, Closed Mon. Focuses more on modern art created by local artists, with several rotating exhibitions. ¥300. edit
- Hiroshima Prefecture Historical Museum (広島県立歴史博物館), 2-4-1 Nishimachi, Fukuyama (In Fukuyama Castle Park), ☎ 084-931-2513, . 9AM–5PM, Closed Mon. Includes a wide variety of regional art including pottery, paintings, sculptures, and historical maps. edit
- Fukuyama Auto & Clock Museum (福山自動車時計博物館), 3-1-22 Kitayoshizucho, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-922-8188, . 9AM–6PM. An eclectic collection of vintage and very rare cars, motorcycles and other vehicles, many in mint condition, as well as numerous antique clocks. A very rare chance to see such an old assortment of early cars. ¥900. edit
- Kannabe Historical Folklore Museum (神辺歴史民俗資料館), 6-1 Kannabecho, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-963-2361, . 9AM–5PM, Closed Mon. Contain daily items and common tools used by ordinary people going back centuries, as well as more modern items as Japan was developing. Located near the Kannabe Castle Ruins, which also has excellent hilltop views over the area. edit
- Shibuya Museum of Art (しぶや美術館), 8-27 Honmachi, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-925-2113, . 9:30AM–5PM, Closed Mon-Tue. Exhibits a wide collection of works by artists related to the Bingo region, centering on the works of Wasaku Kobayashi, who left a big mark on the Japanese art world. Located in a traditional Japanese house and garden, and periodically holds tea parties and entertainment. Main room free, new annex ¥300. ¥300. edit
- Nakagawa. 10AM-4PM, Closed Tue-Wed. A private museum with collections of classical Chinese art, especially sculptures and paintings. Has nice hilltop view over the ocean. Car recommended. ¥900. edit
- Sensui Jima, (Take a five min ferry ride (¥240 return) to the island from the ferry port at Tomonoura.). This small island features two Japanese style hotels with onsens and a campground for the more adventurous. A newly refurbished stone walkway along the sea is great for a leisurely 20 to 30 minute stroll. At the end you'll find a beach and a for a few hundred yen you can take a soothing foot bath. The island also offers light to moderate hiking that can be completed in an afternoon. If you're not staying at one of the hotels there is not much to eat here so bring a snack. edit
- Crescent Beach (クレセントビーチ). 9AM–5PM. This tranquil beach near the Abutonoseto Strait offers an uncrowded and relaxed atmosphere will little tidal action and especially geared for families with small children. Parking and restrooms available, as well as camping grounds. Car recommended. edit
- Miroku no Sato (みろくの里), 638-1 Fujiecho, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-988-0001, . Sat-Sun 10AM–5PM. An amusement park with Ferris wheel, roller coaster, ghost house, dinosaur park, go-carts, water flumes, and other rides. Payment is per ride. Prices vary. edit
One food known in the region is Gasuten tenpura, which is made from mashed small fish from the Seto Inland Sea and then deep fried as patties.
- Homeishu. A sweet liqueur made in the Tomo area for over a thousand years, using 16 different spices. Four distilleries offer free tastes. edit
- Hotel 1-2-3 Fukuyama (ホテル1-2-3福山), 1-41 Higashisakuramachi, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-932-3939, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. A lesser known small Japanese business hotel chain, with clean, quiet and decent rooms, plus conveniently located near Fukuyama Station. ¥5800~. edit
- Sun Hotel Fukuyama (サンホテル福山), 1-2-33 Shiromicho, Fukuyama, ☎ 084-925-8111. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Simple, basic business hotel with inexpensive rooms and optional breakfast buffet. Less than 5 minutes on foot from Fukuyama Station. ¥4300~. edit
- Toyoko Inn Fukuyama Station Shinkansen South Exit (東横Inn福山駅新幹線南口), 9-24 Sannomarucho, Fukuyama (3 min walk to stn), ☎ 084-916-1045, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Japan's largest business hotel chain has a hotel here too, with spartan but clean, comfortable and value-priced rooms including a free breakfast buffet and located near the station. ¥4550~. edit
- Hotel Livemax Fukuyama Ekimae (ホテルリブマックス 福山駅前), 9-22 Sannomarucho, Fukuyama (3 min walk to stn), ☎ 084-991-0050, . checkin: 15; checkout: 10. A newer and low priced accommodation choice for the budget conscious. ¥4000~. edit
For the latest info on events, happenings, and things to see and do, see the page of the Fukuyama Tourism & Convention Association (福山観光コンベンション協会, Fukuyama Kankō Konbenshon Kyōkai) Tel. 084-926-2649.
- Hiroshima - Site of the world's first A-bombing, yet offers so much more that far fewer people discover.
- Mihara - Location of Hiroshima Airport and several beautiful places of natural scenery.
- Onomichi - A hillside town of temples and Japanese novelists, with spectacular views of the Seto Inland Sea and bicycle road to Shikoku.
- Kurashiki - Relaxing city with its well preserved feudal warehouse district and old canals.
- Okayama - Just up the Sanyo line, with its nice Korakuen Garden, castle, and laid back atmosphere.
- Takahashi - A famous castle town with the highlight being Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, one of Japan's only 12 remaining original castles, as well as the highest castle in the country.