Hakata-kuFukuoka

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

One of Japan’s oldest cities, Hakata holds a particular sway over the Japanese cultural imagination. Long a port city open to China and Korea, it developed a distinct local culture that has influenced all of Japan, from famous Hakata ningyo dolls to tonkotsu ramen. The city of Hakata joined with Fukuoka in 1889. Wander along the streets of Hakata today and appreciate its special atmosphere, characterized by a concerted artistic imagination and respect for tradition.

Hakata is perhaps best known for its exuberant festivals, the most famous of which is the Hakata Gion Yamakasa. A parade departs from the small but mighty Kushida Shrine, full of spiritual artifacts, from Mongolian ship anchors to a lucky fountain said to bring longevity. Get a taste of another kind of spirituality at the nearby Sumiyoshi Shrine. Listen for snippets of the local Hakata dialect.

Visit the ward’s museums to widen your understanding of the local ethos. See the cutting edge of Japanese and continental art at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, known for its wide collection of contemporary Asian art. Get a sense of a more traditional Hakata at the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, where traditional artisans practice their craft in front of you.

Pick up handmade souvenirs at the folk museum or wander around Canal City Hakata, a “city within the city,” with a huge range of boutiques and entertainment options. Catch a show at the Hakataza Theater.

Hakata is well connected to Fukuoka and the larger Kyushu Region. Fukuoka Airport and Fukuoka Ferry Port are located in the ward, a short subway ride from many major tourist attractions. Fukuoka’s main train station lies within Hakata’s boundaries. A robust bus system supplements the subway to make it easy to reach from anywhere in the city. Car rentals are available from the airport, although parking can be difficult to find near the major tourist sites.

After a long day of visiting Hakata’s museums and more, get refreshed with a visit to the Rakusuien Gardens, where blooming trees and meticulous landscaping offer a pleasant escape.


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Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥8,455 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tochoji Temple and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marine Messe Fukuoka and Maizuru Park. Fukuoka Castle and Ohori ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,313 reviews)

"Very Polite. Location is awesome. Did not know I would get a VIP upgrade upon arriving at the hotel so was a great surprise."…"

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

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NEST HOTEL HAKATA STATION
NEST HOTEL HAKATA STATION
3 out of 5
2-11-27, Hakataekimae, Hakataku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,000 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kakueiji Temple and Amu Plaza Hakata. Zenshoji Temple and Tochoji Temple are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,103 reviews)

"Everything was clean, spacious. Check in and out was easy"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

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Hotel Okura Fukuoka
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4.5 out of 5
3-2 Shimokawabata-machi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,801 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Hakata-ku, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum. Canal City Hakata and Port ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (948 reviews)

"great place to stay very good service and help for finding good places to eat great internet and location"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

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mizuka Plus Nakasu
3 out of 5
Vort Nakasu 4-5-6 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥4,000 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fukuhaku Deai Bridge, Canal City Hakata, and Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum. Port of Hakata ...

4.2/5Excellent! (248 reviews)

"Like : It is able to house family of 5 members to foster family bonding. Nice view of the Naka Canal and thoughtful to have wall plug with 2 or 3 pins and USB charging. Area for Improvement: Maximize space by having foldable seat or sofa since limited space for luggage space. Need to have lock feature ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2019

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HOTEL UNIZO Hakataeki Hakataguchi
HOTEL UNIZO Hakataeki Hakataguchi
3 out of 5
3-6-7 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,782 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rakusuien Gardens and Canal City Hakata. Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum and Port of Hakata ...

4.4/5Excellent! (567 reviews)
Excellent stay in a great location ..

"Excellent stay in a great location. Easy access to Hakata station. Dozens of restaurants nearby. A few minutes walk from Canal City shopping centre and nightlife. Friendly, efficient staff. Excellent overall!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

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Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
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5 out of 5
1- 2- 82 Sumiyoshi, Hakata- Ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
The price is ¥13,600 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

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4.4/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"Everything about this hotel is excellent except one major thing. The room temp. Although the hotel states that each room can control its own temp and each room has its own thermostat it’s indeed a hoax. We stayed for 4 nights each morning we would tell them the room was like a sauna and uncomfortable ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

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