Fukuoka - Mini Tokyo
Fukuoka (福岡) is located in the northern part of Kyushu Island. Fukuoka is the largest populated city of Kyushu and one of the most Livable city in the world according to the survey of Monocle Magazine. The best part about Fukuoka is regarding the Fukuoka Airport which is just 15 min away from the down town of the city.
Fukuoka is developing very fast and it attracts many foreigners as an investor, because of international exchange events, many international flights connectivity, and night life in Nakasu Kawabata. That’s the reason we often it as “Mini Tokyo”. Hakata, Tenjin, Momochihama are the most popular spots for shopping, complexes and restaurants.
How to get in: Public Transport
Fukuoka has both an international and a domestic airport. So, it’s easy to access from any part of Japan and, across the world.
Express Bus: Time-table
- Nagoya – 10 hours approx.
- Osaka – 9 hours approx.
- Kumamoto – 2 hours approx.
By Bullet Train:
- Tokyo – 5 hours approx.
- Osaka – 2.5 hours approx.
- Nagoya – 4 hours approx.
- Kumamoto – 35 minutes approx.
- Hong Kong Airport – 3 hours approx.
- Tokyo/Heneda Airport – 1 hour 40 minutes approx.
- Osaka, Itami Airport – 1 hour 10 minutes approx.
- Nagoya – 1 hour 20 minutes approx.
- By Express Bus: 2060 Yen ～ 14000 Yen
- By Bullet Train: 2350 Yen ～ 28000 Yen
- By Air: 9000 Yen ～ 45000 Yen
List of best Sightseeing Spots:
There are many shrines and temples, beaches, latest shopping centers and more that attract visitors. The “Mini-Tokyo” is gaining popularity for a tourist spot not only in Japan but also from Overseas. Here is the list of sightseeing spots, shopping complexes, shrine, beach etc..
Hakata & Tenjin:
Hakata and Tenjin both are famous for brand-new shopping centers; both are in the downtown of the Fukuoka city. There are varieties of restaurants, street food (Yatai shops). Also, there are many tax free shops for cosmetics, fashion, accessories and electronics nearby Hakata/Tenjin Sta. It is easy to access by both JR train and Nishi-tetsu subway. Further, Hakata is a main Shinkansen Sta. (Bullet Train).
Shrines & Temples:
There are many shrines and temples in the city. All has their own history. But, Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine is the most famous not only in Japan but also in Overseas.
Fukuoka Tower has its own attraction due to amazing view of the entire city and beach. It has universal light express for illumination.
It is just close to Fukuoka Tower and popular for beach parties. It is in the west side of Fukuoka. Also, Fukuoka Dome is very close and it is known for popular baseball team “SoftBank Hawks”.
Fukuoka has many small and beautiful beaches and islands like; Michi-no-naka, Ito-shima, Oro-no-shima, Noko-no-shima and more..
There is some other important information that will help you when you visit for the first time to Fukuoka.
If you are going for the same day tour, then recommend to buy 1-day pass (FUKUOKA TOURIST CITY PASS). It offer one day unlimited rides on buses, trains, subways and ferries. CLICK
Fukuoka is a treasure house of multi countries cuisines and specially Ramen (Noodles), Shabu-shabu, Mizutaki, Motsunabe, and Mentaiko. Hakata Ramen (Tonkotsu Ramen) is Hakata’s own food and very popular across Japan.
If you are planning to travel from Kumamoto-Fukuoka or Fukuoka-Kumamoto then, you have 2 options either Shinkansen (Bullet Train) or Express Bus. Shinkansen is a bit expensive when compared to Express Bus.
If you are at Fukuoka airport then I would recommend you to take an Express bus because there will be wastage of time & money in travelling from Fukuoka airport to Hakata and then boarding Shinkansen for Kumamoto. Again, it is recommended to go for express bus to reach Fukuoka Airport from Kumamoto if you are carrying lots of luggage.
Hope it will help you in traveling from Kumamoto to Fukuoka or vise-versa! Have a nice journey!
Link & Resources:
Kyushu Bus Booking
Online booking site of express/highway/night buses