Visit Fukuoka-shi - Best of Fukuoka-shi

The capital of Fukuoka Prefecture is one of the largest cities by population in Japan, with over 5 million souls in the Metropolitan area. It is close to the Asian mainland. This made the area greatly significant during ancient times, as a point of connect with China and Korea right from the Stone Age. It became the entry point for many visitors, especially those who brought new technology to Japan over the years. The city was the focal point of the failed Mongol Invasions of the 13th century (the Mongols couldn’t handle the typhoons) that nevertheless played a great role in shaping Japan’s historic identity.

Fun fact: it was this typhoon that the Japanese now call the Divine Wind, or kamikaze.

The Meiji restoration saw much of the Edo period heritage destroyed, severely affecting many places of interest which is unfortunate. The city as you see it today began to take shape in 1889, when the separate cities of Hakata (which was the city of merchants) and Fukuoka (the city of samurais) were merged. Today, it’s a highly urbanized city with few reflections of its feudal past, aside from a plethora of shrines and innumerable cultural events both large and small.

Fukuoka-shi Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Fukuoka-shi tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: Japan Time Zone UTC+09:00
  • Currency: Yen

Electricity and Internet

  • 100 Volts
  • plug types A and B
  • Ungrounded two pins/ grounded three pins


  • Hakata-dialect Japanese; many people speak basic English


  • Police: 110
  • Ambulance/Fire: 119

Off-Beaten Path

  • Chuo Park and ACROS Garden
  • Nagahama Fish Market
  • Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
  • Kego Park
  • Atago Shrine


  • Do not tip waiters or taxi driver or any service staff
  • Tipping tour guides is alright, but present the money in an envelope. It’s rude to hand it right out of your wallet or hand.

Tourist Traps

  • Ohori Park
  • Fukuoka Tower
  • Tenjin Underground City


  • Bow when greeting.
  • Learn Japanese honorifics. Add a suffix ‘-san’ to most people’s names.
  • slurp soupy, wet foods
  • the small wet cloth before meals is for your hands ONLY
  • remove shoes before entering dwellings; remove slippers before getting onto tatami; and don’t wear bathroom slippers anywhere outside the bathroom.
  • don’t be too outspoken or gregarious. It’s rude.

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Facts and Stats for Fukuoka-shi*

  • Pollution Statistics in Fukuoka-shi

    Know the pollution level of Fukuoka-shi before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 31.82 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 29.17 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 17.86 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 28.57 (Low)
  • Fukuoka-shi: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Fukuoka-shi for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Fukuoka-shi.

    • Burglary and Theft 15.38 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 7.69 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 7.69 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 28.85 (Low)
    • Attacks 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 21.15 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.46 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 84.62 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15.38 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 16.67 (Very Low)
  • Living in Fukuoka-shi - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 83.52 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 29.19 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 52.5 (High)
    • Health Care Index 78.47 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Fukuoka-shi

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Fukuoka-shi

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14.74 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 24.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 44.06 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 26.71 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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