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.

Where to stay in Fukuoka

Quintessa Hotel Fukuoka Tenjin Minami
Quintessa Hotel Fukuoka Tenjin Minami
3 out of 5
1-18-3 Shirogane, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥2,978 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kushida Shrine, Fukuoka Art Museum, and Tochoji Temple. Ohori Park and PayPay Dome are also within 6 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (135 reviews)
"薬院駅すぐそばで、とにかくべんり。 新しく清潔です。 部屋には小さいながら壁付けのベンチとテーブルもあり、仕事も、軽食も取れます。"

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2021

Quintessa Hotel Fukuoka Tenjin Minami
Nest Hotel Hakata Station
Nest Hotel Hakata Station
3 out of 5
2-11-27, Hakataekimae, Hakataku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥3,622 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kakueiji Temple, Zenshoji Temple, and Amu Plaza Hakata. Mangyoji Temple and Hakata Machiya Folk ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,023 reviews)
"It's close to Hakata sta. Room was great for the price. Limited parking space was an issue."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Nest Hotel Hakata Station
Hotel Forza Hakataeki Chikushi - Guchi
Hotel Forza Hakataeki Chikushi - Guchi
3 out of 5
4-16 Hakataeki-Chuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
The price is ¥5,023 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Amu Plaza Hakata and Tochoji Temple. Canal City Hakata and Kushida Shrine are also within 1 mi ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (952 reviews)
"I enjoyed everything. I’m a simple person so everything exceeded my expectations 😁"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

Hotel Forza Hakataeki Chikushi - Guchi
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.
Riverfront Hakata
Riverfront Hakata
3 out of 5
2-21-15 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥6,481 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Located in Hakata-ku, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Canal City Hakata and Kushida Shrine. Tochoji Temple and Ohori Park are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (21 reviews)
"This place was awesome! Clean and plenty of space. And the price for it all was incredibly reasonable"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Riverfront Hakata
Rakuten STAY HOUSE x WILLSTYLE Itoshima
Rakuten STAY HOUSE x WILLSTYLE Itoshima
3 out of 5
5-13-1 Kafuri, Itoshima, Fukuoka
The price is ¥11,409 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Situated in Itoshima, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Genkai and within 6 mi (10 km) of Keya no Oto and Nogita Beach. Kyushu University and Ito History ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (5 reviews)
"清潔感があり、気持ちよく過ごすことができました。"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Rakuten STAY HOUSE x WILLSTYLE Itoshima
SG Residence Inn Hakataekiminami
SG Residence Inn Hakataekiminami
3 out of 5
2-15-11 Hakataekiminami, Hakata-ku, \N, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is ¥9,545 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Hakata-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Canal City Hakata and Kushida Shrine. Ohori Park and PayPay Dome are also within 6 mi ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (49 reviews)
"9ヶ月になる子ども2人も連れて帰省のために利用しました。 毎回外食とはいかないので、調理器具やお皿コップが一通り揃っていたのが良かったです。 ハンドソープや洗剤なども常備してあります。 玄関前での話し声が聞こえることはありましたが、それ以外は騒音等なくとても快適でした。 あとチャットでの質問に対して対応が早いのも素晴らしいと思います。 駐車場はありませんが目の前に有料パーキング沢山あるので困りませんでした。"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

SG Residence Inn Hakataekiminami
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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