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FukuokaJapan

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

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
4 out of 5
4-23 Hakataekichuogai, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $81 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 20

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tochoji Temple, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marine Messe Fukuoka and Maizuru Park. Fukuoka Castle and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,248 reviews)

"The staffs are very nice. They are friendly and polite. The room is so clean and new.So comfortable hotel. If you go to Hakata, you should choose this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 20, 2020

Oriental Hotel Fukuoka Hakata Station
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
5 out of 5
1- 2- 82 Sumiyoshi, Hakata- Ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
The price is CA $220 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

This family-friendly Fukuoka hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 5-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street and Canal City Hakata. Fukuoka Anpanman ...

4.4/5Excellent! (974 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 Jan. 10, 2020

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
3 out of 5
1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
The price is CA $85 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Canal City Hakata and Kushida Shrine. Port of Hakata and Tenjin Underground Mall are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,720 reviews)

"Nice location - very close to the Canal City mall. Room is very clean."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Fukuoka

Pure Tenjin
Pure Tenjin
2.5 out of 5
3-16-19, Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka
The price is CA $33 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Chuo-ku, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kihinkan Public Hall, Canal City Hakata and Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum. Tenjin ...

4.1/5Very Good! (133 reviews)

"This room was fine for our two night stay. We were happy to get our laundry done and make use of the fridge. The room was very dusty and the beds were not very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 14, 2019

Pure Tenjin
Residence Hotel Hakata 5
Residence Hotel Hakata 5
3 out of 5
6-14-30, Yoshizuka, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka

Located in Hakata-ku, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fukuoka Prefectural Office and Port of Hakata. Kyushu University and Canal City Hakata ...

3.8/5Good! (238 reviews)

"Nice dtay at osaka center"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 25, 2019

Residence Hotel Hakata 5
Crystal & Resort FUKUOKA
Crystal & Resort FUKUOKA
2.5 out of 5
3-2-24 Najima, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka

Located in Higashi-ku, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kaizukakotsu Park and Port of Hakata. Kyushu University is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away. Najima Station ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
最高!

"とても可愛くて、素敵なお部屋でした!"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 18, 2020

Crystal & Resort FUKUOKA
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.

Popular places to visit in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Tower
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Fukuoka Tower

4.5/5(3 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.

Top things to do in Fukuoka

Yanagawa River Cruising & Bus Tour (from Fukuoka)
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Yanagawa River Cruising & Bus Tour (from Fukuoka)

CA $152
Per adult
Fukuoka to Kumamoto: Mt. Aso, Kumamoto Castle & Tamana Onsen
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Fukuoka to Kumamoto: Mt. Aso, Kumamoto Castle & Tamana Onsen

CA $129
Per adult
Fukuoka to Oita: Dazaifu, Yufuin & Beppu Hell Tour
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Fukuoka to Oita: Dazaifu, Yufuin & Beppu Hell Tour

CA $129
Per adult
Dressed up with KIMONO in FUKUOKA
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Dressed up with KIMONO in FUKUOKA

CA $99
Per adult
Takachiho Gorge full day private tour
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Takachiho Gorge full day private tour

CA $199
Per adult
Yamaguchi Private Chartered Car Tour From Fukuoka with National Licensed Guide
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Yamaguchi Private Chartered Car Tour From Fukuoka with National Licensed Guide

CA $1,005
Per adult

Reviews of Fukuoka

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

DJNinjaNick

Dec 17, 2019

Really nice quiet city with not too many tourist.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 20, 2019

You can walk almost everywhere in Tenjin and is very safe. There is a lot of food options, shopping, transit, culture and very clean.

5/5 - Excellent

Andre

Nov 19, 2019

Fukuoka must be one of Japan's most underrated cities. The city is very relaxed, clean, easy to get around with fantastic food options. I highly recommend this city to any traveler from Japan.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 18, 2019

This is a great place to visit! The canals are beautiful, they are very much like Amsterdam but you get the added benefit of the Yakai food stalls everywhere you walk

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 7, 2019

Different place than the usual spots such as osaka tokyo etc. Lots of shopping and amazing food. The area is a food lover paradise of options. So many places to eat and food to try.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 2, 2019

Great city for amazing food and great nightlife without being as crazy as Tokyo.

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