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Fukuoka
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Fukuoka

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 5 to Mar 6

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! (1,308 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

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
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 4 to Mar 5

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! (1,099 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

NEST HOTEL HAKATA STATION
Hotel Okura Fukuoka
Hotel Okura Fukuoka
4.5 out of 5
3-2 Shimokawabata-machi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
The price is ¥14,801 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (947 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

Hotel Okura Fukuoka
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.

Vacation Rentals in Fukuoka

SG Residence Inn Hakata
SG Residence Inn Hakata
2.5 out of 5
2-17-20 Toko, Hakata-Ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥7,636 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Hakata-ku, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Amu Plaza Hakata and within 3 mi (5 km) of Canal City Hakata and Marine Messe Fukuoka. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (132 reviews)
Not for noise sensitive

"Spacious enough for family of 4. Located at a traffic junction so traffic noise was extremely loud which continued throughout the night."…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

SG Residence Inn Hakata
Forest Inn Tenjin Minami
Forest Inn Tenjin Minami
3 out of 5
1-13-8 Kiyokawa Chuo-ku, Susakiuramachi, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥2,727 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yanagibashi Rengo Market and Canal City Hakata. Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum and Tenjin ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (94 reviews)

"It is in the middle of the city but it is still very quiet in the evening and provides a very peaceful night's sleep. Location is within 15 mins of the major shopping belt and transport is not a problem as well. Rooms are well furnished and comes with full amenities like cooking stove, washing machine ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

Forest Inn Tenjin Minami
mizuka Daimyo 4 - unmanned hotel
mizuka Daimyo 4 - unmanned hotel
3 out of 5
1-10-19 Daimyo, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥5,818 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Fukuoka International Church and Port of Hakata. Tenjin Underground Mall and Fukuoka ...

4.1/5Very Good! (72 reviews)

"Nearby station. Many small jJapanese restaurant near the hotel. Seven Eleven Lawson convenient shops ate nearby hotel."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

mizuka Daimyo 4 - unmanned hotel
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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Reviews of Fukuoka

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Top Destination

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PIA

May 20, 2020

QUIET LAID BACK RELAXING PACE I WOULD GO BACK AND DO OUT OF TOWN TRIPS

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Nice city!

4/5 - Good

ナスラ

Mar 10, 2020

Fukuoka is a very nice city, especially if you like shopping  There are loads of places where you can have fun with your friends but it's more pricey than I expected.

5/5 - Excellent

Christina

Feb 25, 2020

Beautiful city!

5/5 - Excellent

JL

Feb 14, 2020

Fukuoka is an orderly city just like every other Japanese city I’ve been to on this trip.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

I didnt have time to visit every place on my list, I should come again. We liked how downtown is walkable and we enjoyed great food

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