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All Planned Out: A Fulfilling 8-Day Itinerary For Fukuoka, Japan

All Planned Out: A Fulfilling 8-Day Itinerary For Fukuoka, Japan
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Shopping, sightseeing and good food await you on this 8-day itinerary in Fukuoka, Japan! Below is a model plan for a fun, relaxing and fulfilling trip!

Day 1 - Welcome to Fukuoka!

Begin your holiday on a relaxing note, and try some of the signature food in the city!

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Airport transfer (from 47 USD)

Don’t bother yourself with the complicated subway lines on the first day! Instead, kick back and enjoy being chauffeured to your hotel in a luxurious van or coach! This is especially useful after a long, tiring flight! You can also arrange for transport to the airport on your last day!

Enjoy Transfer to/from Fukuoka Airport

Price: from 47 USD

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Taste Karashi-Mentaiko - 12.00 pm - 1.00 pm (from 29 USD)

Fukuoka is the birthplace of Karashi-Mentaiko, a savoury accompaniment to rice, made of pollack roe! The dish is one of the most beloved in Japan, and is best eaten with rice or sake. Many restaurants also combine Karashi-Mentaiko with other dishes like pasta! This tour will present you with 5 different styles of fresh Karashi-Mentaiko, and also teach you about food and culture in Kyushu!

Taste Karashi-Mentaiko in Fukuoka, Kyushu!

Address: 1-2-29, Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 29 USD

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11 am - 2 pm.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 5-minute walk from Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station.

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Blind tasting of rice wine and sake - 1 pm/2 pm/3 pm (from 34 USD)

Sake has varying tastes and aroma depending on the water, rice and climate in which they are brewed in. During this experience, you will sample the best local sake, and then blind tasting them again to find out which sake best suits your taste! Also, Fukuoka is famous for producing shochu, another kind of distilled spirit that you cannot miss while in the city.

Enjoy a Blind Tasting of Rice Wine and Sake in Fukuoka!

Price: from 34 USD

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

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Maizuru Park - 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Visit this gorgeous park that is especially scenic during the Hanami season (late March to early April), when you can walk through a cherry blossom tunnel and check out hanami parties beneath the beautiful trees. Explore the network of walking trails, some of which will lead you to picturesque locations! Look out for the ruins of the Fukuoka Castle, which was once the largest castle in Kyushu. You can still see the walls and several turrets that were built in the 17th century.

Maizuru Park (舞鶴公園)

Address: 1 Jonai, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture

Price: Free!

Opening Hours: 24/7.

Duration: around 1.5 hours required.

Access: 8-minute train ride from previous destination. Ohorikoen Station on the Kuko Line.

Contact: +81 92-781-2153

Welcome Kyushu

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Sushi restaurant Ryu no tsubo - 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Dine at this exotic-looking restaurant that serves authentic sushi and seared dishes. After being greeted by the friendly staff, you will be escorted to an enormous red counter, where you can watch the master chefs perform their art of sushi preparation with the freshest fish caught from the Genkai-Hada Sea. Another specialty is the Kuroge Wagyu beef from Hokkaido!

Sushi to Aburi Ryu No Tsubo

Address: 1F, 1st Line Bldg. 2-5-15 Nakasu Hakata-Ku, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 103 USD

Opening Hours: 6 pm - 2 am. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Duration: around 1.5 hours required.

Access: 10-minute train ride from previous destination. 5-minute walk from Nakasukawabata Station on the Kuko Line.

Contact: +81 92-282-1010

Ryu no Tsubo

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Day 2 - Get local

Today is all about getting local - going to the iconic park, drinking Japanese beer, wearing Japanese clothing and eating authentic street food!

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Morning tour - 9.00 am - 12.20 pm (from 40 USD)

Start the day with a rickshaw tour of Kitakyushu and pick a tour length that is best suited. Each tour is customisable to your preference of traditional and older architecture or modern architecture.

Kitakyushu Rickshaw Tour

Price: from 40 USD

Duration: 30 mins, 40 mins, 60 mins, or 120 mins

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Asahi brewery Hakata tour - 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

While in Fukuoka, do not miss the free tour and beer at Asahi’s Hakata Brewery! Get a professional tour by the courteous staff at the brewery, and learn about the history and brewing process for the famous Asahi Beer. You will be rewarded with a refreshing glass of Super Dry beer at the end! Do note that while walk-ins are entertained, it is best to book a tour to avoid the crowd!

Asahi Breweries Hakata Brewery

Address: 3-1-1 Takeshita,Fukuoka-city

Price: Free!

Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 3 pm. Closed on year end and New Year’s day.

Duration: around 1.5 hours required.

Access: 8 minutes from previous destination by train. 3-minute walk from the Takeshita Station on the Kagoshima Line.

Contact: +81 92-431-2701

Asahi Beer

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Open top bus tour - 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm (from 24 USD)

One of the top things to do in the city is to enjoy a relaxing open-air bus tour that offers stunning panoramas of Fukuoka! There will also be a friendly guide to tell you all about the attractions. Of the three options provided, opt for the seaside route where you can enjoy the sea breeze and great views of the Fukuoka Yahoo! Dome, the Fukuoka Tower and more!

Enjoy Fukuoka's amazing sights with an open top bus tour

Address: 1 Chome-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Price: from 24 USD

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 23 minutes from previous destination by train. 6-minute walk from the Tenjin Station on the Kuko Line.

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Kimono experience - 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm (from 28.45 USD)

Your Japan experience is not complete without donning the traditional kimono! Staff will help you wear your kimono. You can enjoy a cruise down the river in your Kimono or walk around town in style and get free entrance to selected attractions.

Fukuoka Kimono Rental

Price: from 28.45 USD

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Fukuoka Yatai tour and local food - 6.00 pm - 10.00 pm (from 30 USD)

Complete the local experience with authentic street food! The open-air food stalls, called Yatai, are unique to Fukuoka and usually sell ramen, beer and other snacks or finger food. The guide will bring you to the main Yatai places such as Nakasu, Tenjin and Nagahama, and teach you how to order the food in Japanese! Stalls usually open until the wee hours, so you can even have supper here!

Take a Fukuoka Yatai Tour and Taste the Best Local Food

Address: 2-12-2, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 30 USD

Opening Hours: 5 pm - 2 am.

Duration: around 4 hours required.

Access: 11-minute walk from previous destination.

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Day 3 - Travelling all around

Bike rides, train rides and amazing sights await you today! There will also be a tantalising reward at the end of the day for all that travelling!

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Fukuoka bike tour - 9.00 am - 1.15 pm

Why walk when you can roll? Go on a refreshing bike tour with professional guides, who will bring you to historic sites, architectural gems, shopping venues and scenic places in the city! Some attractions include the Tochoji Temple, Acros Fukuoka Building, Korokan Historical Museum, Momichi Beach and Genko Bulwark Ruins. For lunch, sink your teeth into Hakata ramen, a popular and beloved dish in Fukuoka!

Fukuoka Bike Tour

Address: 9-35, Kamikawabata-machi, Hakata-ward, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 51.66 USD

Opening Hours: 9 am - 1.15 pm.

Duration: around 4 hours 15 minutes required.

Access: 4-minute walk from the Nakasukawabata Station on the Kuko Line.

Contact: +81 92-984-3202

Fukuoka Bike Tour

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Kawachi Fuji-en/Mojiko Retro - 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm (from 4.70 USD (depending on season).)

Kawachi Fuji-en is an enchanting floral wonderland guaranteed to leave you bewildered! The garden is filled with wisteria flowers that form a nearly continuous roof over the whole garden, and one of the most stunning attraction in the gardens is the 100 meter (328 feet) long tunnel made up of wisteria trees! The best time to visit is when the flowers are in full bloom from late April to early May!

Kawachi Fuji-en

Address: 2 -2-48 Kawachi, Yahatahigashi Ward, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Price: from 4.70 USD (depending on season).

Opening Hours: 8 am - 6 pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 1 hour 15 minutes from previous destination by train. Free shuttle bus from Yahata Station on the Kagoshima Line. Alight at Ajisainoyu bathhouse.

Contact: +81 93-652-0334

Kawachi Fuji-en

If it isn’t during the wisteria season, an alternative is to visit the charming old town of Mojiko Retro. A notable attraction is the Mojiko Station, which is the oldest station on the Kagoshima Line! Walk along the waterfront and admire the rustic old buildings that are over 100 years old! There are also plenty of restaurants, shops and museums to keep you entertained!

Mojiko Retro

Address: 1-5-31 Nishikaigan, Moji Ward, Kitakyushu-city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Price: Free!

Opening Hours: 24/7

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 1 hour 6 minutes from previous destination by train. Mojiko Station on the Kagoshima Line.

Contact: +81 93-332-0106

Mojiko

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Tenzushi Kyomachi - 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm

One of the best sushi restaurants in the country, Tenzushi Kyomachi offers an exquisite sushi dining experience you won’t forget! Using fresh ingredients from the renowned, 100 year old Tanga fish market, the restaurant serves sushi with kabosu and Japanese citrus instead of the conventional soy sauce. Do make a reservation if you do not want to wait for hours in line!

Tenzushi Kyomachi (天寿し京町店)

Address: 3 Chome-11-9 Kyomachi, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu-city

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Day 4 - Venturing out

There are tons to see outside the city as well! Moreover, you will be treated with an awesome shopping experience at night!

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Fukuoka prefecture in one day - 9.00 am - 4.30 pm (from 371 USD)

Tour around the Fukuoka prefecture and visit other cities such as Dazaifu, Shimonoseki and Kitakyushu! Visit some of the most prominent attractions such as the Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine, Kanmon Tunnel, Karato Market, Kanmon Ferry, Mojiko port and the Kanmon Straits Museum. Also, buckle up for an exciting lunch experience with fugu (blowfish)!

Explore Fukuoka Prefecture in One Day!

Address: 3-2 Shimokawabatamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 371 USD

Opening Hours: 9 am - 4.30 pm.

Duration: around 7 hours required.

Access: Hotel Okura Fukuoka.

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Hakata Hankyu - free and easy

Strap on your most comfortable shoes and pull up your socks. Your shopping spree begins today! Hakata Hankyu is a massive department store filled with endless shops conveniently located next to the Hakata Station. For a gourmet meal, you do not have to splurge on a fancy restaurant, as the food hall sells a wide variety of food, and the ramen is one of the top recommended dishes!

Hakata Hankyu

Address: 1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka-city

Opening Hours: 10 am - 9 pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 10 minutes from previous dismiss point (Hotel Okura Fukuoka)

Contact: +81 92-461-1381

Hakata Hankyu

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Day 5 - Wildlife galore!

Spend the day with animals at two of the city’s most prominent wildlife parks! At night, continue with your shopping spree!

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Uminonakamichi Seaside Park - 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

The Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is a perfect place for a fun family outing and to have hours of fun at! The park consists of playgrounds, flower gardens, sports fields, a water park, a zoo and an amusement park with a ferris wheel to keep you entertained! If you want to explore the place, you may rent a bicycle at the park’s entrance and cycle along the cycling trails all over the park.

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Address: 18-25 Saitozaki, Higashi-ward, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 3.85 USD

Opening Hours: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm. Closed on Dec 31, New Year’s day and the first Monday and Tuesday of February.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: Uminonakamichi Station on the Kashii Line.

Contact: +81 92-603-1111

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

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Marine World Umino-Nakamichi - 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Just opposite the Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is a massive aquarium featuring the marine life around Kyushu! The main tank is a whopping 7 meter (23 feet) deep pool where you can observe over 100 sharks and many more curious creatures of the deep! There are also outdoor tanks where you can feed dolphins and sea lions, and a stadium pool where dolphin and sea lion shows are scheduled regularly!

Marine World Uminonakamichi

Address: 18-28 Saitozaki, Higashi Ward, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 20.29 USD

Opening Hours: March-July & September-February: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm; July-August, weekends & holidays: 9 am - 9.30 pm. Closed on the first Monday and Tuesday of February.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 11-minute walk from Uminonakamichi Station on the Kashii Line.

Contact: +81 92-603-0400

Marine World

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JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata - free and easy

After a long, tiring day, you may either retreat back to the hotel, or get dinner at the Amu Plaza Hakata which is just 40 minutes away! Most of the restaurants are located on the top floor, while the food court and other food stores are at the basement. There are plenty of shops for some retail therapy, and if you plan to catch them all, check out the Pokemon center on the 9th floor!

Amu Plaza Hakata

Address: 1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka-city

Opening Hours: 10 am - 9 pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 40 minutes from previous destination by train. Hakata station on the Kagoshima Line.

Contact: +81 92-431-8484

JR Hakata City Amu Plaza Hakata

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Day 6 - Sights by the sea

Visit 2 picturesque islands, one of which is also a popular shopping haven! Be treated to one of the best restaurants in the city at night.

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Nokoshima Island Park and Marinoa City Outlets - 9.10 am - 5.10 pm (from 119 USD)

This tour is all about shopping and sightseeing! You will first be brought to the Nokoshima Island Park, where you can get stunning panoramic views of the seasonal flowers and ocean! Next, the tour will head to one of the largest outlet malls in the Kyushu, the Marinoa City! This place is a shopping haven housing over 170 shops selling inexpensive merchandise!

Tour Nokoshima Island Park & Marinoa City Oulets, Fukuoka!

Price: from 119 USD

Opening Hours: 9.10 am - 5.10 pm.

Duration: around 8 hours required.

Access: Hotel Nikko Fukuoka or Hotel Okura Fukuoka.

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Chikae Fukuoka - 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Just a short distance away is one of the best restaurants in the city, Chikae Fukuoka! This place serves authentic Japanese cuisine fresh from the restaurant’s fish tanks! Must tries include the sashimi (sea urchin, octopus and more), and for a bigger bang for your buck, order from the set menus! Enjoy great food, wonderful service and a lovely ambience.

Chikae Fukuoka shop

Address: 2 Chome-2-17 Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 18.78 USD

Opening Hours: 11 am - 10 pm.

Duration: around 2 hours required.

Access: 14 minutes from previous destination by train. 5-minute walk from the Akasaka Station on the Kuko Line.

Contact: +81 92-721-4624

Chikae

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Day 7 - Time to unwind

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Yanagawa River Cruise and Tea Tasting - 9.00 am - 5.00 pm (from 127 USD)

Hop onboard a Donko boat and float down the Yanagawa River. Along the way you will be amazed by the gorgeous seasonal flowers and the antique warehouses along the river banks! After the river cruise, the tour will lead you to the Yame Central Tea Garden, where the country’s most popular tea producer grows their tea leaves! Feel refreshed as you saunter through the fragrant garden, and also try making and tasting the Hoiro Baisen tea!

Yanagawa River Cruise and Tea Tasting

Price: from 127 USD

Duration: around 8 hours required.

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Yoshizuka Unagiya - 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

End the day at one of the highest-rated restaurants in Fukuoka, Yoshizuka Unagiya. A must-try is their unagi (eel) rice, a humble, satisfying and delectable set meal that draws in a large crowd, so be prepared to queue! You can choose to take away your food and enjoy it in the comforts of your hotel!

Yoshizuka Unagiya (吉塚うなぎ屋本店)

Address: 2-8-27 Nakasu, Hakataku, Fukuoka-city

Price: from 9 USD

Opening Hours: 11 am - 8.30 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.

Duration: around 1.5 hours required.

Access: 8-minute walk from Hotel Okura Fukuoka; 11-minute walk from Hotel Nikko Fukuoka.

Contact: +81 92-271-0700

Yoshizuka Unagi

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Day 8 - Cat Island!

Sail for the feline paradise and go on a shopping spree at night!

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Cat Island Aino-Shima - 12.00 pm - 5.00 pm (from 72 USD)

Just off the coast from Shingu is a little feline paradise! After a relaxing 20-minute ferry ride, you will find yourself on Cat Island (Ainoshima), and as its name suggests, cats are everywhere on the island! Feel free to pet and take photos of the adorable and very friendly felines! Additionally, there are tons of nature trails, temples, and other attractions to explore on the island as well!

Discover Amazing Cats Heaven Island "Aino-Shima"

Address: 1382-2 Ainoshima, Shingu, Kasuya District, Fukuoka Prefecture

Price: from 72 USD

Duration: around 5 hours required.

Access: Nishitetsu-Shingu Station on the Nishitetsu-Kaizuka Line.

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Tenjin Underground City - free and easy

I didn't think I would, but I absolutely loved the underground city. It was vibrant and fun and has great shops, and perfect for walking when it was too hot or raining too much. Amrita J

Conclude your holiday with a cathartic shopping experience in Tenjin Underground City, an extensive network connecting several malls to form an underground shopping utopia! You can even spend an entire day exploring the plethora of shops here. Moreover, this attraction is a great alternative to turn to in case it starts raining!

Tenjin underground shopping center

Address: Basement of 2 Tenjin, Chuo-ward, Fukuoka-city

Opening Hours: 10 am - 9 pm.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 43 minutes from previous destination by train. 4-minute walk from the Tenjin Station on the Kuko Line.

Contact: +81 92-711-1903

Tenchika

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A holiday without the hassle!

It is highly recommended to stay in Hotel Okura Fukuoka/ Hotel Nikko Fukuoka (near Hakata) for this itinerary. The hotels are only a 10-minute drive or 12-minute bus ride apart! Also, you can always alter the plan to suit your ideal vacation! For more things to do in Fukuoka, watch the video below!

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