Fukuoka blends a modern attitude with ancient traditions. Visit centuries-old temples, relax in ornamental gardens, browse boutiques and sample a music-loving nightlife scene. Fukuoka straddles the Naka River on the shores of Hakata Bay on Japan’s Kyushu Island. It’s an amalgamation of two towns, Fukuoka castle town and Hakata, which joined as one in 1889.

The ruins of the 17th-century Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park provide a glimpse into a bygone era. Enjoy a panoramic city view from the observation deck of Fukuoka Tower. It rises above Momochi Seaside Park, a man-made beach with a selection of casual dining options. Nearby is Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome, home of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team.

Spread throughout the city are temples and shrines dating as far back as the 1st century. Among the most important are Hakozaki Shrine, Kushida Shrine, Shofukuji Temple and Tochoji Temple. Learn about the lifestyles of city residents at the Fukuoka City Museum. Step back in time to the Meiji era at Hakata Machiya Folk Museum. Spot dolphins, sharks and other aquatic creatures at Marine World Uminonakamichi.

Poke around spice shops, handicraft stores and kimono artist workshops at Kawabata Shopping Arcade. Less than a 10-minute walk away, the architecturally striking Canal City mall shelters fashion outlets of international brands. Relax at lakeside Ohori Park and the peaceful Rakusi-en Garden. Alternatively, have fun with the family at Kashii-kaen amusement park.

When night falls, hop between glitzy bars in the Tenjin district. Discover an unpretentious scene at traditional izakaya bars and mentai rock venues on Oyafuko Dori street. Feast on Hakata ramen (pork soup and noodles), yakitori (skewered chicken) and tempura at a yatai food stand. Sample fresh seafood at Nagahama Fish Market or try unagi (eel).

Reach Fukuoka by flying to Fukuoka Airport, 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the city center. Arrive in July to watch the city’s seven neighborhoods compete in an extravagant float race during the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival. Enjoy cherry blossoms in March and April.

Known for

Shopping, Skyscrapers and Sightseeing

Where to stay in Fukuoka

Hakata-ku
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Hakata-ku

Seafood, Shopping, Skyscrapers

Fukuoka’s most lively neighborhood is distinguished by its particular and idiosyncratic local culture, still on display in its artistic life.

Tenjin
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Tenjin

Shopping, Natural Parks, Monuments

The malls, art museums and temple shrines both above and below ground level combine to keep you and your family entertained for days. 

Hakata Ekimae
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Hakata Ekimae

Friendly People, Walking, Shopping

Be near the action and in the hub of Fukuoka’s transportation network in this neighborhood next to the city’s main train station.

Nakasu
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Nakasu

Shopping, Friendly People, Rivers

Nightclubs, bars and a red-light district celebrate the wicked ways of the city center, while karaoke and arcade games keep teens and families engrossed.

Chuo-ku
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Trover photo by Shoko Yoshimura

Chuo-ku

Shopping, Monuments, Natural Parks

Chuo-ku is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its rich culture among the more noteworthy. Broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

Sawara-ku
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Sawara-ku

Friendly People, Budget, Libraries

Sawara-ku is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its friendly people among the more noteworthy.

Top Hotels in Fukuoka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka
$99/night
Jul 31 - Aug 1
4.1/5Very Good! (190 reviews)

"Excellent location, just next to Hakata station. Good staff and service."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
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Tokyu Stay Hakata
3 out of 5
1-11-11 Hakataekiminami, Fukuoka
$71/night
Jul 19 - Jul 20
4.5/5Wonderful! (334 reviews)

"Near Hakata station and near Lawson and Family mart. The hotel is super Hakata station so if you open your room window you could hear the sound of train passing by which is quite loud. If you close your window, it is okay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Tokyu Stay Hakata
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Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
3 out of 5
1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Fukuoka
$63/night
Aug 16 - Aug 17
4/5Very Good! (1,730 reviews)

"It’s a 10 minute walk from the Hakata Station and there is plenty of shopping and eateries all around this centralised area. The hotel is standard for Japan. Room is not big but you should know what you’re in for when it comes to room size here. The hotel is clean, safe and the staff are very accommodating. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel

Popular things to do in Fukuoka

Ohori Park
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Ohori Park

Stylish stone bridges lead to the islands decorating the lake in a central park filled with museums, gardens and shrines. 

Tochoji Temple
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Tochoji Temple

Japan’s largest seated wooden Buddha is the highlight of this fascinating temple that provides a window into the customs of the Kuroda Clan and the Heian Period.

Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome
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Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome

Cheer on the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, one of Japan’s most beloved and successful baseball teams, in a hyper-modern stadium.

Fukuoka Tower
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Fukuoka Tower

Japan’s tallest seaside tower has a slick observation deck where you can take in 360-degree views of the city or make a romantic visit to the Lover’s Sanctuary.

Momochi Beach
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Momochi Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Momochi Beach, a popular beach in Fukuoka. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Fukuoka City Museum
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Fukuoka City Museum

See Japan’s legendary Gold Seal in this museum that celebrates the multicultural heritage and indigenous life of the people of Fukuoka, Japan’s gateway to Asia for thousands of year

Top activities in Fukuoka

Yanagawa River Cruising & Bus Tour (from Fukuoka)
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Yanagawa River Cruising & Bus Tour (from Fukuoka)

$115

Adore the scenery of the huge tea fields with its gentle slopes in Yame. Many kinds of traditional crafts are displayed and you can watch the delicate production site close at Yame Traditional Center. Take the popular Yanagawa river boat ride with the entertaining boatman.

Wi-Fi Router Rental from Fukuoka Airport
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Wi-Fi Router Rental from Fukuoka Airport

$9

Wherever your journey takes you, stay connected while in Japan with this easy-to-use mobile Wi-Fi router. Take advantage of its all-inclusive coverage that gives you up to 4G LTE speeds all over the country. With support for up to 10 devices at once, your whole group can enjoy the benefits.

Fukuoka Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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Fukuoka Airport Same Day Luggage Services

$35

Get your baggage transported from airport to your accommodations (and vice versa) on the same day. Move around with more convenience without having to worry about carrying your heavy luggage around! LuggAgent provides “Same Day Luggage Delivery & Storage” between Airport/Hotel in over 200 cities worldwide.

A Day In Fukuoka, Your Way
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A Day In Fukuoka, Your Way

$91

You’ll spend an exciting day in Fukuoka with one of our hosts as you explore Japan’s gateway to Asia together. Maybe you’d like to take in some of the city’s main sites, like Fukuoka Castle or Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, before following your feet to some obscure neighborhood and making it your own.

Unlimited WiFi in Japan pick up at Fukuoka Airport
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Unlimited WiFi in Japan pick up at Fukuoka Airport

$4

Our WiFi hotspot uses the local carrier, providing you with fast and reliable internet where ever you travel in the county. This device can only be used in Japan A WiFi hotspot provides portable WiFi whenever you need it for your smart phone, PC and tablet device.

Harajuku Colorfull Tour with food, drinks and sweets
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Harajuku Colorfull Tour with food, drinks and sweets

$134

The sweets factories and cafe take a huge part to draw a perfect musical play that you get to be part of it. Also, you will have the chance to discover the cat street. Harajuku is not only fashion place, but also a gate to one of the most famous shrines in Tokyo which is Meiji Jingu.

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