For those of you wanting to get from Korea to Japan, or vice versa, I would definitely recommend this route. There are several routes between Japan and Korea, and of course domestic routes for both countries as well.
The ferry take about three hours between Fukuoka and Busan. It's admittedly a little longer than a flight, but immigration and customs is less crowded, and check-in is quick and close to the terminals, so you can check-in late and still make it to your sailing.
For those of you who get motion sickness, this may not be the best way to go. Although it is generally smooth, because of the contact with the water, there is a lot more bumping around than your typical airplane turbulance.
Cost for a round-trip ticket from Busan to Fukuoka runs about 120,000W. It is more if you are travelling from Fukuoka. Ferries depart everyday from the Busan International Ferry Terminal, right behind Busan Station near Nampo-Dong. Be aware that ferries will be cancelled on short notice due to extreme weather (had this happen to me! My trip was delayed two weeks).
The Shinkansen is by far the most convenient way to travel around Japan. Unfortunately it isn't very cheap! Luckily there is a Japan JR Rail Pass available to foreign travellers. See the JR East website for details:
It must be bought abroad and stamped in Japan before you can use it. There are several options including one week (unlimited JR travel except for the super fast Nozomi service), two week, JR East and JR West passes. Check with your local travel agent for the best option or click on the link to see for yourself!
Here is a link to a very cool page that lets you see the routing between cities/stations/ports within Japan. It will tell you the route and includes the cost and time. http://www.jorudan.co.jp/english/norikae/.
Fukuoka Airport is located just a fifteen to twenty-five minute drive from the
Hakata Station and Tenjin downtown areas. Fukuoka Airport is one of the most conveniently located international airports in
Japan. The subway connects to the Aiport for 200 yen from Hakata.
Fukuoka has an international airport which was recently upgraded. It is connected to the domestic terminal by free bus. The easiest way to get to the domestic terminal from Hakata train station is by subway but there is also a Nishitetsu bus.
Hakata (the center of Fukuoka) is the end of the Shinkansen line which connects north with Osaka and Tokyo etc.
Avoid taxis like the plague.... VERY EXPENSIVE!!
I would take a bus or use the subway (starts at 200yen a trip). Recently Nishitetsu bus started a 100yen service around the center of Fukuoka. This will get you from Hakata to Canal City- a great shopping mall.
If you want to visit Fukuoka Tower, take Fukuoka subway (Kuko Line) up to Nishijin Station, then take bus going to Fukuoka Tower.
Fukuoka Airport - Nishijin Station
Estimated Time - 19 mins.
Train Fare - 290 Yen
To tell the truth, I didn't expect that there is a subway system in Fukuoka, but there is! ... excuse me, locals ; )...
The network is broaded as passing through very touristy spots and important business centres west and north-east and south-east from Nakasu area. Very reasonable and useful for a traveller.
But I found that the price of the ticket is little bit higher than in Tokyo. It costs 200yen to the next station.
You can reach there in 1+1/2hours from Haneda Airport, Tokyo to Fukuoka Airport (FUK).
The airport is very convenient to access into the Fukuoka mid-city, Hakata station.
The airport accept international flights from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, other countries of SE Asia, Guam, Hawaii and Australia, too.
This is the shinkansen called Nozomi. This is the fastest (uptodate) and runns at 270km/h and is of course also the most expensive one. A simple course from Kobe to Tokyo costs about 100 USD.
(sorry the nose was too long so i had to take the picture in diagonal and that take too much room in the VT)
The subway system is very easy to use. Here is the subway map at Nishijin (where I lived) going in the direction of most everything else. Each station has its own colorful and memorable icon. It is not so cheap to ride, but much cheaper than taking taxis and easier than figuring out the bus system.
MAP OF FUKUOKA: Click Here
MAP OF SUBWAY OF FUKUOKA: Click Here
This bunch of little sweeties came past us as we wandered around the gates of Fukuoka Castle. I sometimes wish someone would push me around in one of these.
Reaching Fukuoka Tower by bus is easy. Just take bus from JR Hakata Station going to Momochi Lamp .
Bus stop# 5
Estimated travel time - 35 mins.