Fukuoka Travel Guide

  • Nakasu district of Fukuoka
    Nakasu district of Fukuoka
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  • Zen garden of Komyozenji Temple
    Zen garden of Komyozenji Temple
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  • Zen garden
    Zen garden
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Fukuoka Things to Do

  • Autumn in Fukuoka.

    Autumn and spring are the best times of year to visit Japan. On our last trip - end of October -autumn was just starting in Fukuoka. November would be the best time to visit to see autumn in its full splendour, but we did still spot some beautiful , colourful trees.

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  • Breakfast by the moat.

    Our hotel package did not include breakfast which was fine because we preferred to travel to Ohori Koen Station and eat out breakfast by the moat. There is a convenience store just across the road from the moat for all your breakfast needs and the girl assistant in there certainly made my day when she asked if I was over 20 when I bought beer as...

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  • Ohori Koen at night.

    We spent the day travelling to Kitakyushu but decided to visit Ohori Koen in the evening when we returned. We were not sure whether it would be pitch black and desolate or well lit and populated. It turned out to be pleasantly well lit and filled with people either out jogging or for an evening stroll or just enjoying looking at the lighs on the...

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Fukuoka Hotels

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Fukuoka Restaurants

  • Hakata Station

    As with all large Japanese stations, Hakata Station has lots of places to eat. There is an actual restaurant street with lots of plastic food displays and clearly marked prices. We had a tasty meal in the San Marco Curry House which also served draft Sapporo beer (my favourite Japanese beer). If you exit the east gate of the station and go into the...

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  • Cake!

    There are several coffee shops in Hakata Station (which is a huge new building, containing 229 shops and 46 restaurants). I can't remember the name of this one, but they served a very nice cup of coffee and a piece of green tea roll. Green tea is a popular flavouring for everything from cake to ice cream, but if you are not sure about it, they did...

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  • Noodles, noodles, noodles

    On an upper level at Hakata Station is a food court full of noodle restaurants. Many of them have plastic representations of the dishes available, and in some, you select your choice from a vending machine, which prints out a ticket that you then give to the waiter.For 650 yen, you can get a large bowl of very tasty (and very hot!) noodles....

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Fukuoka Nightlife

  • VOODOO LOUNGE

    The Voodoo Lounge is a very popular place with ex-pats. It is a restaurant but has a dance floor and DJ. You can often find live acts there on the weekend. There is usually a cover charge of 500 - 1000 yen.

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  • Nightlife in Fuluoka-City

    Nakasu is a entertainment district in Fukuoka-City.At night, it becomes a colorful maze of neon lights, with lamps from yatai (food stalls) along the Naka River providing a charming row of lights. Enjoy the adult nightlife, take a walk by the river, or enjoy a trip on a pleasure boat.

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  • On the roadside

    Just finished dinner. Walking around on the street and exercising. Overall, very nice place in Fukuoka. Wear whatever you like.

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Fukuoka Transportation

  • Kyushu Pass

    From Hakata Station it is possible to purchase a Kyushu rail pass either for Northern Kyushu or for the whole of Kyushu. We always purchase the 3 day Northern Kyushu pass for 7000 yen and have used it to go to Kumamoto, Beppu, through Aso, Nagasaki and Kitakyushu.The 5 day pass for Norhern Kyushu is 9000 yen. 3 day pass fo all Kyushu is 14.000 yen...

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  • The perfect way to travel.

    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.

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  • Fukuoka Metro

    The metro in Fukuoka is very user friendly, comfortable and clean. Just press the English option on the ticket machine. The chart will show you the price of a journey. You can pay using coins or 1000 yen notes. The machines give change. A day pass is 600 yen, 500 at a weekend.

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Fukuoka Shopping

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  • Mammoth shopping experience

    The Hawks Town Mall is a shopping mall in the Momochi area of Fukuoka, next to the Yahoo Dome.There are many shops inside, and a Hard Rock Cafe, if you like that sort of thing, but we were very amused by the decor of a supermarket.

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  • Canal City Hakata

    Canal City Hakata is a complex commercial facility, is located between JR Hakata station and Tenjin subway station.The facility is composed of an amusement area, shops, restaurants, a cinema, a musical theater as well as hotels.The facility is one of must-visit places, when you come to Fukuoka.[Back to Fukuoka-City]

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  • Luxury shopping in Tenjin

    Two-hundred and fifty years have passed since Iwataya was founded. It is a well-established and prestigious department store that has a long history and tradition. It is the biggest department store in Kyushu. High end international and Japanese brands are represented at Iwataya. High end men's and women's fashion.

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Fukuoka Local Customs

  • No Smoking in the Streets!

    Before I went to Japan, I read in other travellers' tips and guidebooks that restaurants and hotels could be unpleasantly smoky. This worried me a bit, my ability to tolerate second hand smoke has declined since smoking in public places has been banned in the UK. I need not have worried. Times seem to have changed a bit. We found that hotels had no...

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  • Go pet a cow

    Cows are the traditional labor of the fields, and therefore a revered animal. They can bring fortune, health and prosperity.It is considered a good look omen to pet the cow, particularly on their heads. There are statues hiding all over the area, mostly at historic points of interest.The photo shown here is outside of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.From...

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  • Hojoya, one of Hakata's three main...

    Hojoya, is one of Hakata’s three main festivals, held in September in Hakozaki Shrine in Fukuoka-city, and is a celebration of living creature with a history of over 1000 years.Hundred of doves and carp will be released on September 18 in reverence of loving things, and a solemn mikoshi ( shrine) procession take place on the 12th.Most visitors are...

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Fukuoka Warnings and Dangers

  • No Fishing!

    Don't go fishing in the lake, at Fukuoka park. It's prohibited.Notice the 3 people with fishing rods beside the sign? Funny...

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  • Hold it if you can!

    They are everywhere in Asia, it seems - squatter toilets. For those of you from the West, these can seem like odd entities, and a bit of a pain for you ladies. A few things to know. In Fukuoka, most of the bathroom facilities in public buildings (read: those that were cleaned regularly) were Western style toilets. If you plan on taking in any...

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Fukuoka Tourist Traps

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    by matjung Written Apr 22, 2006

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    I consider the Fukuoka Tower as a tourist trap. This tower has been built only for tourists to give them an observation platform.That is a waste of concrete.

    Unique Suggestions: Go only there when the sky is clear and have the Fukuoka Welcome card ready. It gives you a small discount.

    Fun Alternatives: Enjoy your self at the beach (cloase to the tower)

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Fukuoka What to Pack

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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Jun 17, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Fukuoka Airport is conveniently located near the city centre. It is not too difficult to take large bags on the subway as there are escalators. However, I have found a backpack type bag to be far more practical on my many travels from Fukuoka.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Fukuoka is cold in winter but it rarely snows so warms jumpers and a jacket to keep out the cold wind will be fine. In summer it is very hot and humid so cool, loose clothes are the order of the day! Rainy season is worse in Kyushu (where Fukuoka is located) so don't forget a rain proof jacket. An umbrella will be OK but in a typhoon - useless.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Fukuoka is a very big city, anything you may want/need will be here. I don't recommend visiting a Doctor in Japan, usually a trip to a Pharmacist will be Ok as they give pretty good advise about what medicines to take.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Study Abroad
    • Work Abroad

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Fukuoka Off The Beaten Path

  • Fukuoka Tower

    Fukuoka Tower is the highest coastal tower in Japan and the highest structure in Fukuoka soaring to the highest 234 meter.The tower has three observation decks; one at 116m, a café/lounge deck at 120m and the highest at 123 metres above the ground. You can see all over the Fukuoka-city from the observation decks.[Overview of Fukuoka-ken]A 10-minute...

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  • shake hands virtually with Antonio Inoki

    Antonio Inoki. My hero! He is the master of professional wrestling and the lord of martial arts in Japan.He has a very big hand. Big as my son's head!

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  • Japanese Calligraphy experience

    Calligraphy is a traditional Japanese art of skillfully writing Chinese characters and hiragana, the curve Japanese syllabify, with India in and a brush.Fugatei is a Calligraphy studio where Japanese famous calligrapher, Teramoto Issen working there.At the studio, you can make a calligraphy experience and customize your T-shirt with Japanese...

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Fukuoka Sports & Outdoors

  • November Grand Sumo Tournament

    Grand Sumo Tournaments are held six times annually, and in Fukuoka one of them is held in November. In 2013 season, November tournament is now being held at Fukuoka Kokusai Center from November 10 to 23. The detailed information can be found at http://sumo.pia.jp/en/sumo11.jsp

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  • Fukuoka Daiei Hawks

    Hawks is Fukuoka's and also Kyushu's local baseball team.The team has been set in Fukuoka for a very long time. Maybe more than 30 years. So the team is a part of local's heart. The supporters are very frantic.

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  • Bowling is everywhere

    Bowling alleys are easy to find in Japan. Also in Fukuoka, we couldn't fail to notice big halls in central locations.

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Fukuoka Favorites

  • Beautiful City Planning

    Fukuoka is a beautiful city, and I mean this in the sense that somebody planned for it to be beautiful. If you have a chance, just go for a walk in one of the business districts. Most business areas that I have seen in my life generally don't have any eye-catching characteristics. Mostly, they consist of skyscrapers, parking lots and a few...

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  • Shaking hands with the stars

    One of my favorite things about Fukuoka was shaking hands with several stars at the Fukuoka Dome. Whenever somebody famous visits Fukuoka, they have a cast of their hand made, and they mount it outside of the Dome. There must have been over 50 hands, mostly Japanese stars, but their were several notable Western hands their, including Frank...

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  • FUKUOKA CITY MAP

    I have reproduced a simple map of Fukuoka downtown area. For another more comprehensive map of Fukuoka City go to this webpage:http://plaza2.mbn.or.jp/~aaarrrkkk/ffukuoka.html

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