• Fukuoka in Japan


Kyushu’s gateway

Fukuoka is the largest city on Kyushu Island, with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. This city has a rather rich history, as an entry point for Mongolian invasions in the 13th century and a link with China and Korea on the other side of the sea. The town of Fukuoka as it is known today was founded in 1889, following the merger of the historic Fukuoka (lordly town of the Kuroda clan) and the neighbouring town, Hakata (trading town), separated in two by the Nakagawa River.

Located between the Genkai Sea and the mountains, Fukuoka offers a great diversity of landscapes. To visit the city, the best season is autumn: the climate is cool and the typhoon season is already over. The city is well served from Tokyo or other major cities by Shinkansen, but also by air since its airport, Fukuoka Airport, is the largest in Kyushu, and it connects the island to all of Japan, Asia, but also to some European destinations!

The main tourist attraction of the city is Fukuoka Castle and its park, Ohori Koen. It was rebuilt in 1950-1960 and its stone turrets and ramparts can still be seen.

The best way to discover the history and traditions of Fukuoka during a stay there is to visit the Hakata Machiya Folklore Museum. Other attractions that cannot be ignored to immerse yourself in the city’s culture are the Hakata-za and its Kabuki performances, or the Kokusai Centre and its sumo competitions. As for the Tenjin district, it is more commercial, and it is also where the skyscrapers housing offices are located.

Both locals and tourists also enjoy taking a boat to visit the surrounding islands, including Nakasu; or spending a day on one of the artificial beaches.

The best view of the city can be observed from the 234-metre high Fukuoka Tower.

Fukuoka’s cuisine is renowned throughout Japan and even the world: indeed, it is from here that the famous noodle broths called ramen come.

Finally, the city of Fukuoka also hosts many festivals that are worth a visit, including Hakata Dontaku (May 3-4), or Hakata Gion Yamakasa (July 1-15). The opportunity to discover the popular but also traditional culture of Kyushu Island and Japan in general!

Fukuoka in Japan Map

General informations

Fukuoka in japanese : 福岡

Region : Kyushu

Prefecture : Fukuoka

Population : 1.5 million inhabitants

Density : 4,570 inhab/km²

Link : Official Website

  • Fukuoka in Japan

Where to sleep in Fukuoka

among the most valued hotels
Hotel Okura Fukuoka

Hotel Okura

Boasting 10 dining options, a health club with indoor pool, and massage and concierge services, Hotel Okura is 250 m from Nakasu-kawabata Subway Station. Free WiFi is available in all areas.

Hotel Forza Hakataeki Hakataguchi

Hotel Forza Hakataeki Hakataguchi

Just a 3-minute walk from Hakata Station, Hotel Forza Hakata Sta.HakataGuchi offers stylish rooms. Tenjin Station is 10 minutes away by train. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.

Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata

Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata

Only a 5-minute walk from JR Hakata Train Station, Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata offers free WiFi and rooms with a flat-screen TV and videos-on-demand. Guests can relax with a massage or refresh in the spacious public baths.

Super Hotel Lohas Hakataeki

Super Hotel Lohas Hakataeki

Featuring natural hot spring baths, Super Hotel Lohas Hakataeki is set in Fukuoka, a 9-minute walk from JR Hakata Station.Shofuku-ji Temple is a 12-minute drive.

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central

JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central

A 3-minute walk from JR Hakata Train Station, JR Kyushu Hotel Blossom Hakata Central offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy video-on-demand channels on the flat-screen TV and request relaxing massages for an extra cost. Fukuoka Airport is a 10-minute train ride away.

among the most booked hotels
Hotel Resol Trinity Hakata

Hotel Resol Trinity Hakata

Hotel Resol Trinity Hakata is a 3-minute walk from Nakasu-kawabata Subway Station and an 8-minute walk from Tenjin Subway Station. It offers modern accommodation with a public bath, a restaurant and rooms with free WiFi.

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk

Overlooking Hakata Bay, the high-rise Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk offers 5 dining options. It features a large outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness centre. The spacious air-conditioned rooms at the Fukuoka Hilton feature light natural colours and city or bay views.

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Fukuoka

Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel

Only a 3-minute walk from Tenjin Subway Station and offering direct access to it, Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel provides Western-style accommodations and free WiFi access.

Nest Hotel Hakata Station

Nest Hotel Hakata Station

Conveniently set in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, Nest Hotel Hakata Station is located 300 m from Fujita Park, 300 m from Hakata Station Monument and 400 m from Statue of Kyushu Railway Place of Origin. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property.

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Situated inside the Canal City Hakata, an entertainment and business complex, Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is a 5-star luxury accommodation boasting an indoor swimming pool, a free-use fitness centre and spacious guestrooms decorated in a warm grain colour. Hakata Shinkansen (bullet train) Station is a 5-minute drive away. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

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Transportation in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Subway Route Map

fukuoka subway route map

The city has 3 subway lines

  •   Kuko Line
  •    Hakozaki Line
  •    Nanakuma Line


Airport : 

  • Fukuoka Airport

Main station :

  • Hakata Station – ο served by Shinkansen