Travel Guide

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.

mizuka Daimyo 3 - unmanned hotel -
mizuka Daimyo 3 - unmanned hotel -
3 out of 5
5F-B Daimyo 247 Building, 1-15-35 Daimyo, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is AU$62 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kego Park and Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum. Marine Messe Fukuoka and Fukuoka Ferry ...
4.4/5Excellent! (40 reviews)
"Good location good room"

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020

mizuka Daimyo 3 - unmanned hotel -
SG Residence Inn Hakata
SG Residence Inn Hakata
2.5 out of 5
2-17-20 Toko, Hakata-Ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is AU$105 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Hakata-ku, this apartment building is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Amu Plaza Hakata and within 3 miles (5 km) of Marine Messe Fukuoka and Fukuoka Anpanman ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (143 reviews)
Not for noise sensitive
"Spacious enough for family of 4. Located at a traffic junction so traffic noise was extremely loud which continued throughout the night."

Reviewed on 29 Nov. 2019

SG Residence Inn Hakata
Vieuno Stay Hakata 1
Vieuno Stay Hakata 1
3 out of 5
4-21-24 Chiyo Hakata, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is AU$106 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in Hakata-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Port of Hakata, Marine Messe Fukuoka and Fukuoka Ferry Port. Fukuoka Anpanman Children's ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"部屋が暑くなりすぎて部屋の温度が下がるまで時間がかかったので、せめてカーテンだけでも閉めていた方がよかったと感じました。 それ以外は気に入りました。 また利用したいなと思います。"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Vieuno Stay Hakata 1
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