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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.

Top hotels in Fukuoka

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Plaza Hotel Premier
Plaza Hotel Premier
3 out of 5
1-14-13 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
RM109
per night
15 Apr-16 Apr

Located in Chuo-ku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kego Park, Tenjin Core and Port of Hakata. Tenjin Underground Mall and Hakataza Theatre are also ...

4/5Very Good! (296 reviews)
good

"convenient"…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2019

Plaza Hotel Premier
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
5 out of 5
1- 2- 82 Sumiyoshi, Hakata- Ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
RM589
per night
19 Apr-20 Apr

This family-friendly Fukuoka hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 10-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street and Canal City Hakata. Hakataza Theatre ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,249 reviews)

"Really nice hotel. But one thing is not good. 1st floor's smoking room is too much narrow. Please build more smoking areas."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2020

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
NEST HOTEL HAKATA STATION
NEST HOTEL HAKATA STATION
3 out of 5
2-11-27, Hakataekimae, Hakataku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
RM174
per night
4 Apr-5 Apr

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! (889 reviews)

"The staff was particularly friendly. They helped me upgraded to a larger room owing to good availability. I was so satisfied with the stay."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

NEST HOTEL HAKATA STATION

Popular things to do in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Tower
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Fukuoka Tower

4.5/5(15 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.

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

80% of travellers recommend
RM17
Per adult
Fukuoka Tower Ticket
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Fukuoka Tower Ticket

RM32
Per adult
Wi-Fi Router Rental from Fukuoka Airport
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Wi-Fi Router Rental from Fukuoka Airport

RM39
Per adult
Fukuoka Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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Fukuoka Airport Same Day Luggage Services

RM151
Per adult
Kyushu Line3 : Dazaifu+Yufuin+Beppu HotSpring
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Kyushu Line3 : Dazaifu+Yufuin+Beppu HotSpring

RM237
Per adult
Kyushu Line1 : Yufuin+Kurokawa Hot spring
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Kyushu Line1 : Yufuin+Kurokawa Hot spring

RM237
Per adult

Reviews of Fukuoka

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Prang

24 Feb 2020

Quiet place. I didn't had much time staying there since there eas Coronavirus outbreak :( poorly. I'll be back again next time when I have a trip in Kyushu again :)

4/5 - Good

BVB

8 Jan 2020

Lots of possibly to see and for good food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Nov 2019

Love it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Nov 2019

City as a whole made us feel welcome, great breakfast

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Nov 2019

Nice and lovely city. People super friendly

4/5 - Good

Thajcha

31 Oct 2019

Nice city. Tradition ramen.

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