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Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka was formed by the marriage of two cities – the port city of Hakata and the castle town of Fukuoka – in the late 19th century. The alliance has resulted in a something of a dual nature. Fukuoka is bursting with activity, and yet also laid back. Ultimately, this means that you can enjoy the best of both worlds – urban exploring in the vibrant city centre, and relaxing in the tranquil parks and on the waterfront. Fukuoka is Japan's 6th largest city and the largest on Kyushu Island. Food is a big deal here and the region is renowned for its culinary tradition. Hakata ramen and mentaiko (marinated roe of pollock and cod) are notable specialties and the Yatai street stalls in the Tenjin and Nakasu areas sell a mouth-watering variety of dishes every evening. Getting around is quick and simple using the JR Kyushu trains, a private train line and three subway lines. Arriving is also easy as the city is served by a Fukuoka Airport and two high-speed trains – the Sanyo Shinkansen and Kyushu Shinkansen. The weather is generally good with warm summers and fairly mild winters, so it’s always a good time for discovering the many attractions.

What to do

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What to do in Fukuoka - Ohori Park  

Collection of Asian art

What to do in Fukuoka - Canal City  

Retail therapy


Gokoku Shrine

Escape the crowds and unwind for a while at the Gokoku Shrine. Pass under the 13m-high wooden shrine gate, the largest in Japan, a...

What to do in Fukuoka - Fukuoka street food  

Fukuoka street food stalls

What to do in Fukuoka - Fukuoka Castle  

Fukuoka Castle Ruins


Where to stay

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Where to eat

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Where to eat in Fukuoka - Kurume Taiho Ramen

Kurume Taiho Ramen

Hakata Ramen in “tonkotsu” (pork bone broth) is a Fukuoka speciality and Kurume Taiho Ramen has been serving it up for more than 60 years. Local legend says that in all that time, they have never emptied the pot that the restaurant’s founder cooks his secret inherited recipe in. Whether that rings alarm bells or merely raises an eyebrow, be assured that the resultant deep flavour is astoundingly good. Known as “Yobimodoshi” soup (come back soup) – people will travel considerable distances for this stuff.

Insider Tip: Choose the “simple” flavour for your ramen as the proprietors claim that this maintains the original taste from when they opened as a street stall back in 1953. 11-8, Torihokamachi, Kurumeshi

Where to eat in Fukuoka - Gyoten


With no less than three Michelin stars Gyoten is guaranteed to impress food lovers, especially sushi fans. The young restaurateur and chef Kenji Gyoten uses the hontegaeshi (hand flip) technique to prepare his much vaunted bite-size delights. With great attention to detail, the rice here is carefully sourced from a region in Kyushu with extreme temperature differences between night and day. Seasoned with salt and a little red vinegar, you’ll be hard pressed to find better sushi anywhere else in the city.

Insider Tip: The restaurant seats only 10 diners so visit in small numbers or alone to make sure you don’t queue for too long. 1-2-12 Hirao, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Tel: 81 92 521 2200

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  • LanguagesEnglish, Japanese
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