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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

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥8,091 per night from May 12 to May 12
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! (1,368 reviews)
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Reviewed on Apr 4, 2021

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Quintessa Hotel Fukuoka Tenjin Comic & Books
Quintessa Hotel Fukuoka Tenjin Comic & Books
3 out of 5
3-2-10 Tenjin, Chuoku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥4,020 per night from May 12 to May 12
Located in Tenjin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ankokuji Temple and Port of Hakata. Tenjin Underground Mall and Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (44 reviews)
"スタッフの対応も、素敵でした。 期間限定ですが、夕食も無料のバイキングを提供して頂きました。 漫画も読み放題 全てにおいて、満足でした"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Quintessa Hotel Fukuoka Tenjin Comic & Books
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
5 out of 5
1- 2- 82 Sumiyoshi, Hakata- Ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
The price is ¥14,400 per night from May 30 to May 30
This family-friendly Fukuoka hotel is located on a river, within a 5-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street and Canal City Hakata. Fukuoka Anpanman Children's ...
4.4/5Excellent! (996 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

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
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Reviews of Fukuoka

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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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