How to Reach Fukuoka-shi


  • By Air: Fukuoka International Airport: There are four terminals. Three domestic, and one international (take a bus transfer from terminal T2). Terminal one handles flights from small cities. Terminal 2 receives flights from larger cities and has the subway station connect to the city. Terminal 3 has no departures, only arrivals. The international one mostly flies to major cities in China, Korea and South East Asia.
  • By Train: Hakata Station receives Shinkansen trains from Kitakyushu, Shimonoseki, Hiroshima, Okayama, Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo and Osaka on the Sanyo (north) line. Other trains are received from Nagasaki and Kagoshima.
  • By Bus: There are many, many bus services to Fukuoka from practically every city of note on the island.
  • By Boat: The harbour receivesJR Kyushu's Jet Ferry the Beetle from Busan in South Korea; and the Meimon Taiyo Ferry to Osaka;  and the Kyuetsu runs to Naoetsu (Niigata) and  Muroran (Hokkaido).


  • By Subway: The city has three major subway lines – Kuko, Nanakuma, and the Hakozaki. The Kuko line connects to the airport. Check the online Fukuoka subway map; getting around should be fairly easy. Get a Yokanet or a WaiWai card, each which has advantages and disadvantes.
  • By Foot: The downtown area, where most of the attractions are, can be covered on foot, especially if your hotel is there.
  • By Bus: The bus networks is comprehensive and easy once you figure it out. Combine bus and subway trip using the Fukuoka Tourist City Pass.
  • By Car: Learn the road rules. Parking can be problematic
  • By Taxi: Taxis are not cheap, and don’t expect your driver to speak English well. Write down where you need to go (or snap a picture of the address in Japanese)