Fukuoka-shi Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Fukuoka-shi

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

    • Air Pollution 38.64 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 35.71 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 21.43 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 28.57 (Low)
  • 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 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 7.69 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 28.85 (Low)
    • Attacks 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 22.92 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.77 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 20.83 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 16.67 (Very Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Fukuoka-shi is 169 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 81.46 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 86.35 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 35.61 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 44.5 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 91.91 (High)
    • Health Care Index 78.47 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.32 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 81.47 (Moderate)
    • 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.23 USD
    • International Movie per seat 16.34 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 45.4 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 72.34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 78.63 USD

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

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