FukuokaJapan

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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
3 out of 5
1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
NZ$122
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street and Canal City Hakata. Hakataza Theatre and Fukuoka Anpanman Children's ...

4/5Very Good! (2,091 reviews)

"Property is conveniently located in Canal City so it’s easy to find things to do that is nearby. Room was spacious enough for 5 people. The bathroom floor was very squeaky and the tiles were starting to have mold though. Hopefully it will be cleaned soon to prevent more spread. Otherwise good ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Feb. 2020

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
4 out of 5
4-6-7 Nakasu, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
NZ$115
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Hakata-ku, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street, Fukuoka Anpanman Children's Museum and Hakataza Theatre. Canal City ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,380 reviews)

"There are basic property"…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov. 2019

Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
5 out of 5
1- 2- 82 Sumiyoshi, Hakata- Ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka-ken
NZ$248
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

This family-friendly Fukuoka hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 10-minute walk of Kawabatadori Shopping Street and Canal City Hakata. Hakataza Theatre ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,205 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 10 Jan. 2020

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka

Popular activities in Fukuoka

Fukuoka Tower
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Fukuoka Tower

3.5/5(2 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 activities in Fukuoka

Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Fukuoka Airport + Mobile battery
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Unlimited Japan WiFi P/U Fukuoka Airport + Mobile battery

NZ$6

Multiple people can connect to a single device. Multiple devices can be used at the same time. Connect up to 5 devices simultaneously. Stay connected while traveling abroad. The pocket size WiFi router lets you stay connected with a secure high-speed internet on the go for up to five devices simultaneously.

Fukuoka Tower Ticket
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Fukuoka Tower Ticket

NZ$12

Experience the most beautiful night scenery at the Fukuoka Tower! Expose yourself to the heart-melting scene of the sparkling night view of the city and twinkling view of the sapphire Momochi Seaside. The Fukuoka Tower is not only famous for its observatory but its many other facilities.

Fukuoka Half-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide
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Fukuoka Half-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide

NZ$72

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Fukuoka Castle Remains, Jonai, Chuo, Fukuoka 810-0043 Fukuoka Prefecture The castle was once a flourishing place during the Edo period (early 1600) but today, it is mainly the ruins of stone walls, moat and gates.

Wi-Fi Router Rental from Fukuoka Airport
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Wi-Fi Router Rental from Fukuoka Airport

NZ$14

Wherever your journey takes you, stay connected while in Japan with this easy-to-use mobile Wi-Fi router. Take advantage of its all-inclusive coverage that gives you up to 4G LTE speeds all over the country. With support for up to 10 devices at once, your whole group can enjoy the benefits.

Making RAMEN experience at the stall in FUKUOKA,JAPAN
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Making RAMEN experience at the stall in FUKUOKA,JAPAN

NZ$39

How about the experience of making Ramen at the authentic stall in Fukuoka.Of course, even those who have no experience are okay.The staff will teach you how to make ramen carefully from first. The taste of eating ramen made by yourself at a stall is exceptional.

Squid Sashimi & Kurobuta Pork Spareribs Lunch at Fukuoka
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Squid Sashimi & Kurobuta Pork Spareribs Lunch at Fukuoka

NZ$99

Located within the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk, the dining venue boasts premises measuring over 2,400 sqm and sukiya-style interiors. There is also a Japanese garden overlooking Hakata Bay, detached rooms, and a teahouse.

Reviews of Fukuoka

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Gio

Dec 10, 2019

Loved the art scene!

5/5 - Excellent

jenny

Nov 28, 2019

Service staff in the hotel and retail sector are excellent.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 22, 2019

Just in transit but will stay in Fukuoka again on way back to see more

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 20, 2019

Went to see Sumo tornament. City was clean interesting.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Oct 26, 2019

Not enough to explore. Tried street food in street cart which was a great experience

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 18, 2019

Enjoyed our stay. Easy access to transport links for day trips.

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