Welcome to Fukuoka Prefecture!
Nestled in the northern part of Japan’s third largest island of Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture is rich in culture and stunning natural beauty. The portal to this fascinating place is the city of Fukuoka.
Despite being a major city, Fukuoka is one of Japan’s most accessible, with the airport just ten minutes away. Fukuoka is an urban space in balance with nature, tradition coexisting with the contemporary, and a fascinating culture all its own. Nowhere else in Japan is there so much variety in such a small area.
Its location at the crossroads of different cultures has given Fukuoka its diversity and filled its cosmopolitan citizens with a passion for life.
Going beyond the Japanese sense of hospitality, they value genuine relationships between people, extending a warm welcome to those near and far.
Come, stay, see for yourself and…
Feel the Good Vibes of Fukuoka.
Discover 7 reasons to visit Fukuoka:
Fukuoka is located on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, with breath-taking scenery, incredible outdoor adventure, beaches, fresh seafood, hot springs and the buzzing city centre of Fukuoka home to the iconic street stalls known as yatai.
The world has Fukuoka to thank for the incredible ramen we enjoy – the delicious pork-bone broth with thin, firm noodles originated here. Not comfortable with just having ramen as its claim-to-fame, the incredible variety and quality of local udon noodles, hot pot, yakitori (chicken skewers), seafood, BBQ oyster huts, fruit and Yamecha (Yame Green Tea) cannot be missed.
Fukuoka is also a fantastic place to expand your sake palate, with quality rice, water, and climate just right to produce some of Japan’s best sake.
Onsen (natural hot springs) can be found all throughout Fukuoka, and are a perfect place to relax your body and mind while enjoying the nature surrounding you. Especially after a hike through one of the many trails located throughout the region.
Fukuoka Prefecture is made up of 4 areas: Fukuoka Area, Chikugo Area, Kitakyushu Area, and Chikuko Area.
Fukuoka City is the largest city in Kyushu and centred around the Tenjin area (excellent for food and shopping).
Fukuoka is sometimes referred to as Hakata, which was the name of the port town, and Fukuoka took its name from Hakata. Today it is referred to as Fukuoka City, with the main railroad station named Hakata.
The Chikugo Area to the south of Fukuoka City is home to vast tea plantations in Yame featuring some of the best green tea in Japan. Make sure you stay overnight to experience its incredible night sky and amazing views. The canals in Yanagawa city can be explored on traditional donkobune (punt boats), and is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The main railway station in Kurume is only 20 minutes from Hakata (or 50 minutes by car).
The Chikuho Area to the north of Chikugo and east of Fukuoka is full of incredible nature, classic residences, and traditional theatres. Visit Yakiyama Pass in spring for the famous cherry blossoms, and Gyorakyuen Garden in autumn for the colourful foliage. A train to lizuka station is approximately 1 hour by train or car from Hakata Station.
Kitakyushu Area sits in the north-east region of Fukuoka Prefecture, and is a lively region with sparkling nightscapes, historical places of interest and cultural sites. The Kawachi Wisteria Garden is a famous viewing spot for its gorgeous purple blooms in April to May. Take the train from Hakata to Kokura station for the fastest route (20 minutes) or just over 1 hour by car.
All times of the year offer something to enjoy, depending on the weather you are seeking, and the experiences you want. Festivals are held year-round, so there will always be something to interest you! Below is an overview and some suggestions for each season.
Spring (March to May): Enjoy mild weather, marvel at the cherry blossoms, enjoy festivals such as Hakata Dontaku Festival in Fukuoka City, and Kawawatari Jinkosai in Tagawa City.
Summer (June to August): This is the busiest and hottest time to visit, but there are some amazing festivals and beaches to experience at this time. The Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in Fukuoka City and Tobata Gion Oyamagasa in Kitakyushu city are two of the biggest festivals of the year, and are UNESCO Intangible World Heritage listed. Don’t miss the spectacular Sunflower Garden in Yanagawa – yellow fields as far as the eye can see.
Autumn (September to November): One of the most pleasant times of year to visit in terms of weather, and to experience the golden foliage. Celebrate the fishing industry in Munakata City at the Miare Festival, or attend the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament for 2 weeks in Fukuoka City.
Winter (December to February): The weather is cold (but not extreme) and dry. In January visit Daizenji Tamataregu Shrine during “Oniyo” (Fire Festival), it features what is said to be Japan’s largest torch at 13 metres tall! Arrive just before cherry blossom season in February and admire the beautiful plum blossoms.
How to get there
There are two airports you can access: Fukuoka Airport (the fourth busiest airport in Japan) and Kitakyushu Airport, both with domestic and international terminals.
You can fly from Australia via Tokyo (1.5 hours) or Osaka (1 hour 10 minutes) or via international destinations such as Seoul Incheon, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok.
If you prefer to travel by one of Japan’s iconic shinkansen (bullet trains), it is approximately 5 – 6 hours from Tokyo, and 2 – 3 hours from Osaka.
Once you are there, it is easy to get around by rail or bus, and self-driving is easy with road signs also in English.