Shows Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka locations on a map of Japan
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fukuoka city night sakura river


Fukuoka prefecture is the most populous prefecture on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu and hosts its two largest cities – Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. The region has, because of its proximity to Japan’s western neighbors, been a hub of international culture and trade for centuries. It is a center of innovation, with Fukuoka City, lauded as Japan’s fastest-growing startup center and one of the most appealing places to live.

fukuoka tradition artisan pottery


Though Fukuoka is big on innovation, the prefecture also treasures traditional techniques. These are often handed down over generations from parent to child, spanning centuries. Each item is made with care, using the artisan’s utmost concentration to create a thing of simplistic beauty. In Fukuoka, you’ll find artisanal potters, glassblowers, washi makers, and much more as you scratch at the prefecture’s proverbial surface. Several institutions offer experience packages where you can try out these ancient techniques for yourself and bring something back home to remember it by.

fukuoka food izakaya


Fukuoka is one of Japan’s most famous foodie destinations. It’s the home of tonkotsu ramen, motsu nabe (offal hot pot), and much, much more. The Genkai Sea that borders the prefecture the north is a virtual kitchen of delicious seafood delicacies. Visit this area if you’re brave enough to try fugu, the poisonous blowfish that requires a license to prepare. Fukuoka is also famed for karashi mentaiko, which is Pollack roe soaked in a red pepper sauce – a spicy dish unique to the region. All this and much much more awaits culinary travelers heading here.

fukuoka nature forest


Blessed with verdant forests, long golden beaches, and jutting mountains, Fukuoka has a wealth of natural beauty to discover. It takes less than an hour from Fukuoka City to be deep in the mountains, far from the crowds. What better way to explore Fukuoka than through its lustrous four seasons? Spring with its ethereal cherry blossoms, summer with its sizzling summer heat, autumn with its vibrant colorful display of foliage, and winter with its snowcapped mountains and gentle winter blossoms.

kitakyushu kokura castle sakura
shingu town ainoshima cat
kitakyushu wisteria garden


Enjoy breathtaking views of cherry blossoms from above and below, find some furry friends, and discover the other beautiful blooms that spring forth this season.

  1. 1 Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu City
  2. 2 Kawachi Fujien Wisteria Garden in Kitakyushu City
  3. 3 Ainoshima Cat Island in Shingu Town
  4. 4 Nansuikaku at Miyawaka City

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itoshima blue sea rocks
glamping fukuoka tent
fukuoka ramen yatai stalls


Head to the coast to enjoy some beautiful traditional structures along, camp out by the sea, and dine on Fukuoka’s most popular street food.

  1. 1 Sakurai Futamigaura Torii and Meoto Iwa in Itoshima City
  2. 2 Momochi Beach Seaside Park in Fukuoka City
  3. 3 Yatai Food Stalls in Fukuoka City
  4. 4 Glamping Fukuoka in Fukutsu City

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toho village red leaves
iizuka city kaho theater top
hikosan jingu temple soeda town


Explore ancient and modern architecture, discover traditional crafts, and enjoy a private hot spring experience.

  1. 1 Hikosan Jingu Shrine in Soeda Town
  2. 2 Takatori-yaki Souke in Toho Village
  3. 3 Seiryuan in Asakura City
  4. 4 Kaho Theater in Iizuka City

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daizaifu tenmangu temple plum tree
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fukuoka green field
rail kitchen chikugo train


Visit a historic shrine, enjoy freshly ground green tea, take a ride on a riverboat and board the dining experience of a lifetime.

  1. 1 Dazaifu Tenmangu in Dazaifu City
  2. 2 Hoshino Tea Museum in Yame City
  3. 3 River Punting in Yanagawa City
  4. 4 Rail Kitchen Chikugo in Omuta City

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Find your favorite food in Fukuoka!


Several daily flights are connecting Tokyo (Haneda Airport) and Osaka (Kansai International Airport) to Fukuoka.

Flight Information

Tokyo (Haneda) → Fukuoka
Approx. 2hr
Tokyo (Narita) → Fukuoka
Approx. 2hr
Osaka (Itami) → Fukuoka
Approx. 1hr 15mins
Osaka (Kansai) → Fukuoka
Approx. 1hr 15mins
Hokkaido → Fukuoka
Approx. 2hr 35mins
Nagoya → Fukuoka
Approx. 1hr 15mins
Okinawa → Fukuoka
Approx. 1hr 45mins
Kanazawa → Fukuoka
Approx. 1hr 30mins
Flight information to Fukuoka