FukuokaJapan

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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

Hakata-ku

Hakata-ku

4.5/5Wonderful!(316 area reviews)

Travelers choose Hakata-ku for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Higashi-Hie Station or Fukuoka Airport Station and check out top sights like Canal City Hakata.

Hakata-ku
Tenjin

Tenjin

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

Unique features of Tenjin include the shopping and restaurants. Make a stop by Tenjin Core or Tenjin Underground Mall while you're exploring the area.

Tenjin
Nakasu

Nakasu

Nakasu is well-liked for many features, particularly its shopping, river views, and restaurants. Though there might not be top sights in Nakasu, consider a stop by Canal City Hakata or Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum, located nearby.

Nakasu
Hakata Ekimae

Hakata Ekimae

Hakata Ekimae is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Amu Plaza Hakata and Jotenji Temple.

Hakata Ekimae
Ohori Park

Chuo-ku

4.5/5Wonderful!(128 area reviews)

You might enjoy the shopping while in Chuo-ku. Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Ohorikoen Station or Tojinmachi Station to see more of the city.

Chuo-ku
Fukuoka Tower which includes interior views

Sawara-ku

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Get to know Sawara-ku and its many features like its beaches and restaurants. You might want to explore sights like Nishijin Shopping District and Fukuoka Tower, and you can jump on the metro at Noke Station or Kamo Station to get around the city.

Sawara-ku

Top Hotels in Fukuoka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
3 out of 5
1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
¥7,140
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street and Canal City Hakata. Hakataza Theatre and Fukuoka Anpanman Children's ...

4/5Very Good! (2,093 reviews)

"Property is conveniently located in Canal City so it’s easy to find things to do that is nearby. Room was spacious enough for 5 people. The bathroom floor was very squeaky and the tiles were starting to have mold though. Hopefully it will be cleaned soon to prevent more spread. Otherwise good ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
4 out of 5
4-6-7 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥6,694
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street, Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum, and Hakataza Theatre. Canal ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,380 reviews)

"There are basic property"…"

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
¥8,066
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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 Fukuoka Castle. Maizuru Park and Fukuoka ...

4.2/5Excellent! (955 reviews)

"Proximity to station, Cross Point Cafe had great food/drink selection, rooms were small but pristine"…"

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station

Popular things to do in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome
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Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome

4/5(33 reviews)

Catch an event at Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome during your trip to Fukuoka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Canal City Hakata
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Canal City Hakata

4.5/5(139 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Canal City Hakata, a popular shopping spot in Fukuoka. While in this culturally-rich area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Fukuoka Tower
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Fukuoka Tower

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Japan’s tallest seaside tower has a slick observation deck where you can take in 360-degree views of the city or make a romantic visit to the Lover’s Sanctuary.

Port of Hakata
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Port of Hakata

4/5(37 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Fukuoka with a trip to Port of Hakata. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Momochi Beach
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Momochi Beach

4.5/5(30 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Momochi Beach, a popular beach in Fukuoka. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Ohori Park
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Ohori Park

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Ohori Park, a popular green space in Fukuoka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top activities in Fukuoka

Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Fukuoka Airport + Mobile battery
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Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Fukuoka Airport + Mobile battery

80% of travellers recommend
¥438
Per adult
Fukuoka Tower Ticket
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Fukuoka Tower Ticket

¥840
Per adult
Beppu & Yufuin Onsen one day private tour
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Beppu & Yufuin Onsen one day private tour

¥13,732
Per adult
Wi-Fi Router Rental from Fukuoka Airport
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Wi-Fi Router Rental from Fukuoka Airport

¥980
Per adult
Making RAMEN experience at the stall in FUKUOKA,JAPAN
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Making RAMEN experience at the stall in FUKUOKA,JAPAN

¥2,750
Per adult
Squid Sashimi & Kurobuta Pork Spareribs Lunch at Fukuoka
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Squid Sashimi & Kurobuta Pork Spareribs Lunch at Fukuoka

¥7,000
Per adult

Reviews of Fukuoka

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
195
5 - Excellent 57.52212389380531%
4 - Good
112
4 - Good 33.03834808259587%
3 - Okay
27
3 - Okay 7.964601769911504%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.5899705014749262%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.8849557522123894%

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

It’s a nice tourist spot.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Big city, although you go a little outside and it changes abruptly. Transport is basically buses and taxis. Not many trains. It is safe to walk in the night.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 25, 2019

Fukuoka is a nice city! More manageable than Tokyo, but still feels like there is a lot of stuff going on. We liked it.

5/5 - Excellent

Nick

Oct 23, 2019

This city is safe and clean. Admirable one!

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