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