Fukuoka

Travel Guide
Fukuoka

Visit this seaside destination, which is home to ancient temples, peaceful gardens, beaches, exciting nightlife areas and lively shopping districts.

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.

Visit this seaside destination, which is home to ancient temples, peaceful gardens, beaches, exciting nightlife areas and lively shopping districts.

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.

Where to stay in Fukuoka

Nest Hotel Hakata Station
Nest Hotel Hakata Station
3 out of 5
2-11-27, Hakataekimae, Hakataku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, 812-0011
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,507 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Fukuoka. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the property condition ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,090 reviews)
"It was really a convenient place."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

Nest Hotel Hakata Station
Hotel Oriental Express Fukuoka Tenjin
Hotel Oriental Express Fukuoka Tenjin
3 out of 5
3-chome-3-14 Tenjin, Cho, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, 810-0001
The price is ¥3,764 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Fukuoka. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Canal City Hakata and Marine Messe Fukuoka are ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
"綺麗なホテルでした。"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Hotel Oriental Express Fukuoka Tenjin
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, 812-0012
The price is ¥8,220 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 28
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Fukuoka. Enjoy free WiFi, 7 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,448 reviews)
"博多駅筑紫口からすぐにホテルがあり立地は100点です。館内もお部屋も清潔感があり、エレベーター内にもアルコール消毒が設置されており私としては嬉しかったです。 駅近ですが特に外部の音が気になることもなく、夜も静かでぐっすり眠れました。 博多に行くときはまた利用したいです。"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Plusone Nishikoen
Plusone Nishikoen
3 out of 5
3-chome-6-30 Tojinmachi Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, 810-0063
The price is ¥3,166 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Fukuoka. Enjoy free WiFi, bicycle rentals on site, and a deep soaking tub. Popular attractions PayPay Dome and Marine Messe ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (38 reviews)
"とても良かったです"

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2022

Plusone Nishikoen
Tomariehotel & condominium
Tomariehotel & condominium
3 out of 5
4-26-22 Katakasu, Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, 812-0043
The price is ¥7,773 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 28
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Fukuoka. Enjoy free WiFi, a kitchen, and an in-room washer/dryer. Popular attractions Canal City Hakata and Marine Messe Fukuoka ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"全体的に綺麗な印象を持ちました。設備も整っています。さらに良い施設にする観点からコメントさせて頂くと、シンクにタオルorキッチンペーパーの設置、加湿器の追加を希望します。加湿器は置いてありますが部屋の大きさに対して小さいので毎朝喉が痛くなっていました。"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Tomariehotel & condominium
GRAND BASE Fukuoka Tenjin
GRAND BASE Fukuoka Tenjin
3 out of 5
3-6-2 Watanabedori, Fukuoka, Fukuoka, 810-0004
The price is ¥8,485 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 30
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Fukuoka. Enjoy free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and an in-room washer/dryer. Popular attractions Canal City Hakata and Marine Messe ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"広くて快適でした また利用したいです"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

GRAND BASE Fukuoka Tenjin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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