Fukuoka is a strategic point connecting Kyushu and Honshu. Various functions of the city are compactly integrated. Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Munakata Taisha Shrine, registered as a World Heritage Site, and Akizuki, Asakura City, located in the southwestern part of the prefecture, are castle towns that retain their Edo period townscape. Fukuoka's famous gourmet specialties such as tonkotsu ramen and mentaiko (seasoned cod roe) cannot be missed. Famous events include the Hakata Dontaku Port Festival and the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival, which is held to pray for the eradication of the plague. 九州と本州をつなぐ要衝。都市の様々な機能がコンパクトにまとまっている。太宰府天満宮、世界遺産に登録された宗像大社、県の南西部に位置する朝倉市秋月は江戸時代の街並みを残す城下町。福岡の名物グルメの豚骨ラーメンや明太子などは外せない。イベントは博多どんたく港まつり、疫病退散を祈願する博多祇園山笠が有名。