Getting Around Fukuoka
One of the best aspects of visiting Fukuoka is the ease of arriving into and moving around the city. For a city listed as the 5th largest population in Japan, transportation options here are excellent and most of the city’s attractions are conveniently accessible by various means.
Flights into Fukuoka are served by Fukuoka Airport, Flying is an excellent option if making the trip down from Tokyo (1 hour and 50 minutes) or when travelling from neighbouring Korea (only 1 hour and a half). From within Japan, all major airlines as well as low cost airlines such as Jetstar and Peach fly into the city for very reasonable prices.
Having landed, the best way to get to city’s core is definitely by subway. Taking the Kuko Line, Hakata Station is located just two subway stops and five minutes away from Fukuoka Airport Station. This is also the same arrival point for those traveling by Shinkansen on the Sanyo Line. Tenjin Station, the other major subway stop is eleven minutes away. Once you have settled into the city, there are a few options to choose from to get around town as well as to the various attractions.
First and foremost, walking around Fukuoka is probably the best way to get acquainted with the most popular districts and the city’s core. If you have the time and energy, you can take the 5km stroll from Hakata Station to Ohori Park, stopping along the way at the various attractions from temples and traditional museums, to modern shopping malls and famous eateries. This as a day trip will get your senses going.
To move around faster but also at your own pace, taking the subway is convenient and fast. There are four subway lines plus a JR Line, although for sightseeing the Kuko Line covers most the locations popular with travelers. An exception is the Uminonakamichi Seaside Park which is accessible via the JR Kashii and Kagoshima Main lines. Also, to reach the Momochi Seaside Park and Fukuoka’s famed baseball stadium, it is best to combine the Kuko Line(Fukuoka City Subway) with a ride on the Nishitetsu Bus system. The train ticket costs 260 yen and can be purchase at the vending machines next to the gates. For travelers carrying a Suica card, you can scan the card at the gate to board the subway system. A day pass is available for 900 yen, allowing you unlimited rides on buses within the city.
If you prefer to pedal around the city, Fukuoka is perfect for it. The city is quite flat and boasts wide cycling paths, which in some cases are clearly divided from the walking areas. Renting a bike is easy, though in our experience, a little bit on the pricy side. Takataniya offers a good range of stylish bicycles from 1,600 yen to 2,200 yen per day depending on the model, and you’ll have access to these bikes from 10am to 7pm. Another rental option is Shikashima Cycle, which although not in the city centre, is the shop to go to for those wanting to explore Uminonakamichi Seaside Park by bike.
For people who would rather be guided around town with a predefined itinerary, the open top buses are perfect to get the jist of Fukuoka from the comfort of your own seat. For 1,540 yen per adult and 770 yen per kids, the Open Top Bus offers three courses, the Momochi Seaside course, the historical Hakaka course, and the night course taking visitors on a 90-minute night ride from Hakata to Fukuoka Tower. Both of the day tours take 60 minutes and can be a good companion to a day of sightseeing in the city. You can hop on these buses at the stop in front of the Across Building next to the Fukuoka City Hall.
Fukuoka open top Bus