THE TOURNAMENT: ITF WOMEN Fukuoka International Women’s Tennis 2017
From 05/08 to 05/14
Surface: Carpet outdoor
Prize money: $ 60,000
Tournament location: Hakatanomori Tennis Center – 1-1-1 Higashi-Hirao Park Hakata-ku Fukuoka-city , Fukuoka , 816-0082, Japan
Past champions: 2016 Ksenia Lykina (Rus) – 2015 Krystina Pliskova (Cze) – 2014 Naomi Broady (Gbr) – 2013 Ons Jabeur (Tun) – 2012 Casey Dellacqua (Aus)
Entry list: Magdalena Rybarikova (Cze) – Su Jeong Jang (Kor) – Nigina Abduraimova (Uzb) – Hiroko Kuwata (Jpn) – Ksenia Lykina (Rus) – Laura Robson (Gbr) – Riko Sawayanagi (Jpn) – Jia Jing Lu (Chn) – Shuko Aoyama (Jpn) – Jesika Maleckova (Cze)
THE TOWN: Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of the Japanese island of Kyushu. As of 2015, it is Japan’s fifth largest city before Kobe and Kyoto.
Lonely Planet writes: “Fukuoka (福岡) is Kyūshū’s largest city (and Japan’s sixth-largest) and still growing. It’s made up of two former towns, the Fukuoka castle town on the west bank of the Naka-gawa and Hakata on the east. The two towns merged in 1889 as Fukuoka, though the name Hakata is still widely in use (for instance, it’s Fukuoka Airport but Hakata Station). Hakata traces its trading history back some 2000 years, which continues today with visitors from Seoul and Shanghai. Among Japanese, the city is famed for its SoftBank Hawks baseball team and hearty Hakata ramen (egg noodles). Fukuoka’s warmth and friendliness make it a great gateway to Kyūshū, and warm weather and contemporary attractions – art, architecture, shopping and cuisine – make it a good base for regional excursions.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Fukuoka Canal City Hakata
- Fukuoka Tower
- Ohori Park
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Hotel Forza Hakataeki Hakataguchi. Wonderful *** hotel rated 9.0 on Booking and located in the Hakata neighborhood in Fukuoka, 300 m from Shofuku-ji Temple and 600 m from Tocho-ji Temple. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and the free Wi-Fi connection. The daily rated for a 18 mq2 double room is 67€.
- JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central. A 3-minute walk from JR Hakata Train Station, the 4 stars JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central has accommodations with free Wi-Fi ,Tv on-demand and request relaxing massages for an extra fee. The onsite Nanatsunohana restaurant serves Japanese and Western dishes. The price for a modern 19 mq2 double room is 95€ per night. Rated 9.0 on Booking!
- Hotel Nikko Fukuoka. Exceptional ***** Hotel located in the real heart of Fukuoka and rated 9.0 on Booking, which provides an indoor pool, 8 dining options, a gym and contemporary rooms with free wifi connection. The rate for a 30 mq2 superior double room with desk area and sofa starts from 151€ per night.