One of the JTW Program’s strengths is our unique location in Fukuoka. A pleasant coastal city of 1.4 million people and the largest metropolis on the island of Kyushu, Fukuoka is Japan’s gateway to continental Asia. China and Korea are both close by—the city lies midway between Tokyo, Shanghai, and Seoul—and life here still reflects an ancient heritage of cultural exchange. At the same time the city enjoys a growing reputation as a modern, vibrant regional trade and production center. Most recently MSNBC-Newsweek stamped Fukuoka a “city of substance,” ranking it among the “ten most dynamic cities” in the world!The signs of prosperity and energy are everywhere. Fukuoka boasts impressive new levels of investment in building and manufacturing, one of the country’s busiest domestic and international airports, a thriving port and shipping industry, excellent public transportation, a compelling skyline mixing traditional and modern architecture, the Yahoo Dome (Japan’s biggest entertainment and sports venue), numerous upscale shopping malls and boutiques, and a rich variety of amusements, including galleries, theaters, museums, and clubs, all set against a backdrop of thickly forested hills overlooking the superb natural harbor of Hakata Bay.
Host to national and prefectural government offices, and to the regional headquarters of many major companies, Fukuoka is Kyushu’s most active, and largest, business center. China, Korea, and the United States have established consulates in the city, too. An increasingly popular tourist destination, Fukuoka lures millions each year, many from abroad, who come to experience its colorful Dontaku and Yamakasa festivals, visit its famous shrines and temples, wander through outstanding museums, or simply explore its lively markets and colorful streets. And Fukuoka’s many attractive, well-maintained parks and beaches appeal to Japanese and foreigners alike.

With eleven major universities and 77,000 students, Fukuoka is noted as a city of youthful verve and fashion. All parts of the urban area are easily accessible by subway, bus, or bicycle, and Fukuoka’s 24,000 foreign residents, most of them from China and Korea, find the bustling downtown district of Tenjin well-stocked with imported foods and foreign language books. The renowned nightlife quarter of Nakasu also offers a wide variety of restaurants with all kinds of traditional fare and international cuisine. The fresh seafood of Fukuoka is famous throughout Japan! The best seasons here are the spring and fall when clear blue skies make a perfect backdrop for the abundant cherry blossoms and vivid red maple leaves. While generally mild in winter (with temperatures seldom falling below -3°C), it can be quite humid in summer (though temperatures rarely rise above 33°C), particularly during the short rainy season


A land of mountains, hot springs and historic treasures, Kyushu has always been at the center of Japan’s cultural contacts with the world outside. You can take advantage of the spring break to explore the island or other parts of Japan, while Korea and China are just a short trip away by hydrofoil or plane. It’s a great way to deepen your understanding of this fascinating part of Asia.

To Fukuoka by air

Living in Fukuoka