City of Fukuoka / 福岡市.

Tips for your trips. Tourist information. Official websites.

Fukuoka (map) is the capital of Fukuoka prefecture and the largest city on the island of Kyushu. Historically, Fukuoka was two cities divided by the central river: the merchant town of Hakata (博多) and the samurai feudal domain of Fukuoka (福岡).

Fukuoka is a good starting point for first-time visitors to Japan. As a historic port city, Fukuoka is more welcoming of foreigners than other parts of Japan, and has significant numbers of residents and tourists from abroad.

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Downtown is small and compact enough to potentially wander around on foot. In the Tenjin area, Tenjin Chikagai (天神地下街, Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, map) runs under Watanabe Street and has many shops.

Nakasu (map). This area is next to Tenjin and is Fukuoka’s red-light district, with over 3500 restaurants, as well as ramen stalls (yatai), shopping, pubs, hostess bars, rooftop beer gardens in summer, and sex trade. It has the busiest street in Kyushu.

Kushida Shrine (map). Dedicated to Amaterasu and Susanoo, it is said to have been founded in 757. The Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is centred on the shrine. Tōchō-ji (map) – it was founded by Kūkai in 806, making it the oldest Shingon temple in Kyushu. Shōfuku-ji (map) – it was founded by Eisai with support from Minamoto no Yoritomo, and construction was completed in 1195, making it the oldest Zen temple in Japan.

Atago Shrine (map). A hidden gem near the Muromi Subway Station (map), with a superb view of the city and Hakata Bay from a hilltop. You can also see many storks that fly by and nest in the area.

Ohori Park (map). Tourists visiting Fukuoka should not miss this beautiful park located 2 stops west of Tenjin on the subway. Next to Ohori Park is Maizuru park (map), featuring the ruins of Fukuoka Castle and a good view of the city.

Traditional festival with more than 840 years of history – Hakata Dontaku (博多どんたく). May 3-4, with a pre-ceremony on May 2. Japan’s largest festival, drawing well over 2 million people during the Golden Week holidays.

Hakata Gion Yamakasa (博多祇園山笠). July 1-15. Fukuoka’s second-largest festival, drawing up to a million spectators, is famous for the Oiyama parade float race. The elaborately-decorated yamakasa floats, around 5 m (16 ft) tall and weighing up to 1 tonne (1,000 kg), have no wheels; they’re picked up and carried by teams of loincloth-clad men, each team representing one of the seven historic districts of Hakata.

The Buddhist Nanzoin temple is located in Sasaguri (map). It is claimed to be the largest statue of a reclining Buddha in the world.

Autumn, often considered to be Fukuoka’s best season, is mild and dry, though the typhoon season runs between August and September.

 

Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

The Fukuoka City Subway consists of 3 lines. | Nishitetsu buses.

The local rechargeable contactless smart card is called Hayakaken and is compatible with other smart cards like PASMO (Tokyo) and ICOCA (Kyoto and Osaka).

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting to Kyushu (visit-kyushu.com) • Transportation in Japan (japan.travel) • Transportation (japan-guide.com)

BUS: Japan Bus Online is a comprehensive website that allows you to search for and book bus tickets across Japan. Willer Express is a major bus company in Japan that offers long-distance bus services. + Highway Bus / JR Bus / kate.co.jp.

TRAIN: Japan Railways (JR): The official website of Japan Railways provides information about train routes, schedules, fares, and services offered by JR. + Central JRWest JREast JR

AIRPORT: Fukuoka Airport (to the east of the city, surprisingly close to the city centre, the domestic terminal is 2 subway stops away from the Hakata JR station (map) – there is a ~10-min free bus connecting the international terminal to domestic).

WATERWAYS: Direct Ferries • Ferry Sunflower • Willer Ferry

Alternative City Breaks.

Hi, I’m Jordan, originally from London and currently living in Japan.

Join me as I take you on a tour of Fukuoka, a large cosmopolitan city on the Northern side of Japan’s Kyushu Island.

video source: 公益社団法人 福岡県観光連盟 / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Foreign Residents Support Center (FRESC) MOFA Visa Information. + JAPAN eVISA – for online visa application to visit Japan.

HyperDia.Com

HyperDia is a service which offers the route of the railway and the aviation within Japan. Rental car and hotels etc around the station.

Tokyo Cheapo.

A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

HyperDia – A website for checking train schedules, routes, and fares in Japan. It’s particularly helpful for planning your train travel.

Japan Rail Pass – If you plan to explore Japan using the Japan Rail Pass, their official website provides information on pass types, eligibility, prices, and how to purchase.

Tokyo Cheapo – A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

Explore Accessible Japan

Food

Just One Cookbook – A popular website featuring authentic Japanese recipes, including traditional dishes, street food, and regional specialties.

Savor Japan – An online guide to Japanese food and dining, featuring information on traditional cuisine, sushi, sake, local specialties, and more. It includes restaurant listings and articles.