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Fukuoka is anything but conventional. The feel of the city is drastically different in each district, with just a single mile bringing a total change in pace, crowd, and scenery. Raucous salarymen celebrating the end of the workday at upmarket bars in the city center’s LED-lit tech hub slowly give way to a cooler, quirkier crowd sipping flannel drip coffee (a local specialty) at one of the many hipster coffee shops just a couple of streets away. Serene strolls between traditional Japanese gardens and the historic Fukuoka Castle ruins can quickly turn into mad jostles through crisscrossing shopping streets – or exchanging a vending machine ticket for a bowl of Fukuoka’s world-famous, silky-smooth tonkotsu ramen (an activity that should top any list of things to do). At dusk, as reflected lights turn the central Naka River a thousand shades of neon, a snaking row of the city’s iconic yatai street food stalls magically materialize along its banks, serving some of the Kyushu region’s finest food.