Fukuoka City is situated in the northern part of Kyushu, one of Japan's four main islands. Fukuoka has an area of 340 square kilometers and a population of 1.55 million (as of December 1st, 2016) which continues to grow.
As the focal point of Kyushu's government, economy, culture, and fashion, Fukuoka City is a lively city. Known as the "Gateway to Asia," Fukuoka has a large amount of international flights, and with the city being just a 10 minute subway ride from the airport, access to the city is outstanding.
Fukuoka's considerable growth has been regarded highly, and Monocle (a London-based global affairs and lifestyle magazine), has ranked Fukuoka as high as #7 (June 2016) in their annual "World's Top 25 Most Liveable Cities" list.
Fukuoka is often referred to as "Hakata." In the 17th century, the ruling lords named the castle town, "Fukuoka." As a result, the old merchant town to the east of the river became known as "Hakata," and the samurai town to the west became known as "Fukuoka." In 1889, the former castle town, including the Hakata district, was named "Fukuoka City." However, with the station and various festivals still using the Hakata name, the Hakata name has a certain familiarity with the people even today. Allow us to introduce to you some of what makes Kyushu's preeminent city so appealing.
Surrounded by the sea and mountains, Fukuoka City is abound with nature. Many natural sites are located close to downtown, and access to surrounding islands is topnotch.
With overseas' favorites like Hakata tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen, motsunabe (hot pot with cabbage, leek, and cow or pig intestines), mizutaki (simple hot pot with chicken broth, chicken, and vegetables), and other dishes, Fukuoka is truly a gourmet paradise. There are also a variety of local foods to try like bite-size Hakata gyoza dumplings and fresh seafood.
The people of Fukuoka love festivals. Throughout the year there are all sorts of festivals and events that attract masses of people. The most famous of these is Hakata Gion Yamakasa (July), a festival in which men run about the city carrying large festival floats. This festival, a symbol of Fukuoka's summer, is sure to leave an impact on you.
With Kyushu's best entertainment district in Nakasu, and the yatai (nighttime food stalls), nights in Fukuoka might be even more lively than the days. We eagerly await your visit!