Fukuoka

Fukuoka by night

About Fukuoka

Today’s Fukuoka is the product of the fusion of two cities in the year 1889, when the port city of Hakata and the former castle town of Fukuoka were united. Hakata remains the name of one of the central districts and of the main railway station.

Kyushu’s largest city, and one of Japan’s ten most populated, it is a good starting point for first-time visitors to Japan. It’s a sizable, modern city but it’s not hard to get around.

  • Open-air food stalls, called Yatai, mainly in Nakagawa and Tenjin districts
  • Futuristic Momochi Seaside Park and the 234-meter-tall Fukuoka Tower offering a wonderful 360 degree panoramic view
  • Fukuoka Castle (ruins)
  • Kushida Shrine where the Hakata Gion Yamakasa festival is held annually 1 - 15 July

A subway connects most of the city’s main attractions, providing transport between Hakata, Tenjin, Fukuoka International Airport, Meinohama, and Nishijin (where you can find Fukuoka Tower and the baseball ground of the Softbank Hawks: Fukuoka Yahoo! Dome).
At the main station of Hakata, the Kyushu Shinkansen line links up with the Sanyo Shinkansen, providing a Bullet train service from Osaka all the way through to Kagoshima, at the southern tip of Kyushu.

HISTORY

Because of its closeness to the Asian mainland (closer to Seoul than to Tokyo), this has been an important harbour city for many centuries, and was chosen by the Mongol invasion forces as their landing point in the 13th century.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo to Hakata Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line (4h 50 min) (935km) or domestic flights from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport
  • From Osaka (Shin-Osaka) to Hakata Station by train (2h 20 min) or domestic flights from Itami Airport to Fukuoka Airport
  • On our Google map

 

Our packages includes Fukuoka

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Essential Japan and Korea 13 days

This guided coach trip travels westwards through Japan, then takes the short sea crossing, to take in the highlights of Japan’s closest neighbour, Korea. The tour visits Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Himeji, Hiroshima, Busan, Daegu and Seoul. This is a GROUP tour with regular departures until March 2018.

Peace Statue, Nagasaki

NORTHERN KYUSHU 10 DAYS BY CAR

This extension tour package, which starts and ends in Fukuoka, is ideal for exploring Kyushu at your own pace. Hiring a car is an great way to explore this southern island of Kyushu: the roads are quiet, and the freedom of having a car allows you to linger where you wish – our itinerary is […]

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