Fukuoka

Travel Guide
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.

Where to stay in Fukuoka

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Tochoji Temple, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marine Messe Fukuoka and Maizuru Park. Fukuoka Castle and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,484 reviews)
"very convenient"

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2021

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
The Lively Fukuoka
The Lively Fukuoka
3 out of 5
5-2-18 Nakasu Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kushida Shrine and Fukuoka Art Museum. Tochoji Temple and Ohori Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (373 reviews)
"Nice feeling around it"

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

The Lively Fukuoka
Nest Hotel Hakata Station
Nest Hotel Hakata Station
3 out of 5
Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kakueiji Temple, Zenshoji Temple and Amu Plaza Hakata. Mangyoji Temple and Hakata Machiya Folk ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,031 reviews)
"It was ok. But I could see hair over the bed and in the bathroom… not really pleasant."

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2021

Nest Hotel Hakata Station
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Rakuten STAY Fukuoka - Yakuin
Rakuten STAY Fukuoka - Yakuin
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$353 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Located in Chuo-ku, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yanagibashi Rengo Market and Canal City Hakata. Sumiyoshi Shrine and Kego Park are also within 2 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"オープンして間もないので、部屋も綺麗で熟睡できました。また、プロジェクターの大きな画面でNetflixの映画を見て楽しむことができました。アメニティに関してはシャンプー・リンスがあまり髪に合わなかったですが、それ以外は特に問題ありませんでした。また利用したいと思います。"

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2021

Rakuten STAY Fukuoka - Yakuin
Rakuten STAY Hakata Station North
Rakuten STAY Hakata Station North
3 out of 5
The price is HK$532 per night from 4 Jan to 4 Jan
Located in Hakata-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hakata Sennen-no-Mon Gate and Canal City Hakata. Marine Messe Fukuoka and Port of Hakata ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (11 reviews)
"夜中排水口のあたりから音がしていて 時々目が覚めて、気になりました"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

Rakuten STAY Hakata Station North
Riverfront Hakata
Riverfront Hakata
3 out of 5
2-21-15 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is HK$470 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Located in Hakata-ku, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Canal City Hakata and Kushida Shrine. Tochoji Temple and Ohori Park are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (20 reviews)
"This place was awesome! Clean and plenty of space. And the price for it all was incredibly reasonable"

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2021

Riverfront Hakata
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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