Friendly people, fantastic seafood, ramen, Japan's biggest festival, and pristine nature.
Great food and even better
company reign supreme in Fukuoka, the relaxed port town that
is at the heart of life on Kyushu , Japan's third-largest
island. The city is the fastest growing in Japan and has
benefited throughout its history from its proximity to
* Fukuoka City has some of Japan's best food and is the home of tonkotsu ramen
* Fukuoka hosts Dontaku, Japan's largest festival, and innumerable smaller festivals
* Fukuoka's compact size makes it a great place to enjoy both the sea and the mountains
How to Get There
Fukuoka is easily accessible from both Tokyo and Osaka via direct shinkansen or air. Fukuoka is well-connected by sea and air to South Korea and is a short flight from Taiwan and Shanghai.
From Tokyo, it is one hour and 45 minutes from Haneda Airport to Fukuoka Airport. The train journey from Tokyo Station to Hakata Station via the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line is just under five hours.
Flights from Osaka's Itami Airport to Fukuoka Airport take one hour and 15 minutes. The shinkansen ride from Shin-Osaka to Hakata Station is around two hours and 20 minutes.
■ Delicious ramen
and fish dishes
Fukuoka is renowned across Japan for its good and cheap food. A bowl of tonkotsu ramen here will set you back as little as 280 yen in some restaurants, while the city's street-side yatai stalls draw crowds from across Japan and Asia. If you're a fan of sushi and sashimi, then you must try saba (mackerel), a Fukuoka specialty.
■ Local Specialties