I visited Dazaifu, which was about an hour's worth of train rides and transfers from the central station of Hakata in Fukuoka. I really enjoyed the Zen Buddhist temple Komyozenji, along with the infamous Tenmangu shrine! Both proved to be unique and beautiful in their own ways. I enjoyed sitting peacefully and observing nature, especially in the rock garden in the back of Komyozenji. The rocks in the front garden are said to be laid out in such a fashion as to create the image of the Japanese kanji for the word "light." Below is a picture of the rock garden in the back of the temple:
I also visited Canal City, a relatively new and innovative shopping center with, as the name might suggest, an actual canal running through it! It's a mega-shopping complex spread over a few buildings which boasts a ramen stadium, an extreme game center, a plethora of shopping opportunities and much much more! However, even on a national holiday there were a lot less people there than I would have expected. Fukuoka was a fabulous and far less crowded experience than Tokyo!