Fukuoka, home to Kyushu University, is the biggest city in Kyushu, with a population of approximately 1.5 million. The trip from Tokyo to Fukuoka takes just over 5 hours by Shinkansen train and about 90 minutes by plane. With a mild climate, Fukuoka is said to be one of the most comfortable cities to live in Asia. If one had to express its appeals in one phrase, that phrase would be "well-balanced." While the streets of Tenjin, the commercial center of the city, are lined with modern buildings and department stores, there is abundant nature at the seaside and in the mountains, both located in the suburbs, and numerous cultural and historical buildings such as temples and shrines. With a moderate population, an urban district existing in harmony with nature, and convenient transportation facilities, including the airport, Fukuoka has the right balance of various elements.
Fukuoka has served as a gateway to Asia both geographically and historically, and it is brimming with a dynamic and cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are abundant information sources for foreigners, including free English publications, an FM radio station broadcast in various languages, and street signs in four languages, as well as shops selling foods from abroad, so international students have few difficulties living in Fukuoka.
The city is welcoming to various cultures, as is evidenced by the establishment of the first mosque in Kyushu. Many Asian-themed events are held throughout the year, and you can easily engage in friendships with people from other Asian countries while living in Japan.