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Japan is an island country in East Asia. Fukuoka pronounced Fookoo-oh-kah is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan, across the Korea Strait from South Korea's Busan. It is the most populous city in Kyushu, followed by Kitakyushu. The city was designated on April 1, 1972 by government ordinance. The greater Fukuoka area has 2.33 million people.
Fukuoka is served by Fukuoka Airport, the Sanyo Shinkansen high speed rail line at Hakata Station and by ferry. JR, Japan Railways Kyushu operates a hydrofoil between Hakata and Busan, South Korea. The subway opened a new line, the Nanakuma line, on February 2, 2005. Bayside Place was declared bankrupt on September 13, 2005. As of March 2005, the city had an estimated population of 1,391,146 and a density of 4,084.40 persons per square kilometers. The total area is 340.60 square kilometers.
Fukuoka is said to be the oldest city in Japan, because it is the nearest city to China and Korea. The area around Fukuoka is among the oldest non-Jomon settlements in Japan. Dazaifu was an administrative capital in 663 Anno Domini, but some say a prehistoric capital was in the area. Ancient texts such as the Kojiki and archaeology confirm this was a very critical place in the founding of Japan. Some scholars even go as far as to claim it was the first place outsiders and the Imperial Family set foot, but like many early Japan theories, it remains contested.
Sky Dream Fukuoka, located in Fukuoka City's western ward, is one of the world's largest ferris wheels at a height of 120 metres. Ohori Park is also the location of one of Fukuoka City`s four major art galleries. There is a newly opened Kyushu National Museum in nearby Daizaifu. The Marine Park Uminonakamichi is located on a narrow cape on the northern side of the Bay of Hakata. The park has an amusement park, petting zoo, gardens, beaches, a hotel and a large marine aquarium. Fukuoka is the home of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, one of Japan's top professional baseball teams. Fukuoka is also home to a professional soccer team.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Fukuoka enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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