Located in Japan’s third-largest island Kyushu, Fukuoka is the largest city on Kyushu and one of the 10 most populated cities in the country. Because of its central location of being nearer to other Asian cities like Seoul compared to Tokyo, as well as its diversity and range of cultural attractions, Fukuoka is an increasingly popular tourist destination in Japan, especially with the amazing list of activities and delicacies Fukuoka has to offer.
As the capital of the Fukuoka Prefecture, the city of Fukuoka, also known as Hakata, is not only the administration and economy hub, but also an important transportation hub in the Kyushu region. Therefore, it is a convenient destination for you to be based in while you explore the Kyushu region.
But before you think that you would have to spend a bomb staying in one of Japan’s most populous cities, fret not! This article will guide you to 6 of Fukuoka’s best hotels, alongside 6 of the top Airbnb apartments under 80 USD per night you won’t want to miss!
Top 6 Hotels in Fukuoka
Within just a short 3-minute walk from the Hakata Subway Station in the city centre, is the Hakata Tokyu REI Hotel. Its spacious guest rooms of at least 18 square metres (194 square feet) are equipped with the latest technology for travel and business convenience, including complimentary high speed Wi-Fi provided throughout the hotel. Mobile and smartphone phone chargers (DOCOMO, au, and SoftBank) are also available for use in the rooms. As the hotel is located in the heart of the city centre, guests will be able to walk to major attractions such as the Kushida Shrine and Shofukuji Temple, famous restaurants and shops in Fukuoka, thereby saving time and money!
Hakata Tokyu REI Hotel
Address: 1-2-23, Hakataekimae, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 64.59 USD
Access: 3-minute (200m or 656 feet) walk from Hakata Subway Station
Contact: +81 92-451-0109
Just like Hakata Tokyu REI Hotel, Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu is part of the Tokyu Hotels, so you can be assured of its quality. Recently renovated in 2012, this inner-city hotel is located in the entertainment center of Nakasu, along the Naka River. The modern and spacious guestrooms of at least 20 square metres (215 square feet) offer you comfort and convenience with the latest technology equipped like all other hotels under the group. It is within a stone’s throw to cultural attractions such as the Acros Tenjin and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. You can also take a quick walk to Nakasu Kawabata Subway Station to connect to other parts of the city easily.
Hakata Excel Hotel Tokyu
Address: 4-6-7 Nakasu, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 55.98 USD
Access: 3-minute (200m or 656 feet) walk from Nakasu Kawabata Subway Station
Contact: +81 92-262-0109
If you are the type who prefers to go slow while on holiday, Hotel Sunline Fukuoka Ohori is the ideal choice for you. It is conveniently located within the dining, shopping and sightseeing district of Fukuoka city yet not right in the busy Hakata area. Being steps away from the city’s numerous attractions like Oohori Park, Maizuru Park and Hakata Port Tower allows you to take leisurely strolls to unwind. In addition, the twin-sharing guest rooms of minimum 20 square metres (215 square feet), which is much bigger compared to the typical hotel room size in Japan, is a definite plus point. Free high-speed Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel as well as unique recreational activities such as massage for guests.
Hotel Sunline Fukuoka Ohori
Address: 3-3-14 Otemon, Chuo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 59.50 USD
Access: 3-minute (200m or 656 feet) walk from Ohori Koen Subway Station
Contact: +81 92-409-2121
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hakata Gion is located in the vicinity where many popular religious and cultural attractions like the Kushida Shrine and Ryuguji Temple are, so cultural buffs will love the accessibility of staying in this cosy hotel built in 2009. Shoppers will also be pleased to note that one of the biggest shopping malls in the city - Canal City Shopping Mall - is nearby too. In addition, all rooms are equipped with modern technology and fittings with comfort and convenience for guests in mind. Regardless of your purpose of visiting Fukuoka, this is a worthy find you wouldn’t want to miss.
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hakata Gion
Address: 1-24 Gionmachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Price: from 55.83 USD
Access: 2-minute (100m or 328 feet) walk from Gion Subway Station
Contact: +81 92-281-3600
If you love shopping, Hotel Unizo Fukuoka Tenjin’s prime location will allow you to shop till you drop because it is surrounded by top shopping malls - Fukuoka Mitsukoshi, Tenjin Chikagai and Tenjin Core! Established in 2007, this hotel also boasts spacious guest rooms of at least 20 square metres (215 square feet). Furthermore, 2 semi-double beds are provided in each twin-sharing room, instead of the usual single beds in other hotels, for your utmost comfort! Good news to Japanese ramen lovers, as the popular Ichiran Ramen restaurant, which specialises in Tonkotsu ramen, is a mere 6-minute walk (500m or 1640 feet) from the hotel!
Hotel Unizo Fukuoka Tenjin
Address: 1-22-14 Imaizumi, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Price: from 50.11 USD
Access: 4-minute (300m or 984 feet) walk from Tenjin Minami Subway Station
Contact: +81 92-714-5445
If you enjoy staying in an apartment but still want access to hotel facilities, Apartment Rotary Plaza Otemon by Fukuoka Properties will be your perfect choice! This serviced apartment-style hotel offers you a home away from home, where you will find a kitchenette, microwave, washing machine and even a balcony, all within the spacious 30 square-metre (323 square feet) studio apartment. In addition to the free Wi-Fi provided in all rooms, you can even rent a portable Wi-Fi from them to stay connected even when out of the apartment! Staff here are also able to converse in 3 other languages: English, Chinese and French, beside the local language, so you don’t have to worry if you need their assistance at any time.
Apartment Rotary Plaza Otemon by Fukuoka Properties
Address: 1-8-6 Minato, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 42.84 USD
Access: 8-minute (600m or 1968 feet) walk from Ohori Koen Subway Station
Top 6 Airbnb apartments in Fukuoka
Located right in the city centre, this cosy one-bedroom apartment on the 11th floor is ideal if you are travelling in a group of up to 6 people. Not only is it close to the main Hakata Station, major shopping, dining and tourist attractions are also conveniently located around the area. You can also whip up your own meals in the kitchenette with the cooking utensils provided. Furthermore, not only is the friendly host Rei responsive to your needs, she is also thoughtful in providing you with a free pocket Wi-Fi that allows you to be connected to the internet anywhere in the city.
Address: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 61 USD
Access: 6-minute walk from Hakata Station
Daimyo Nest is a cosy studio apartment located in the trendy Daimyo district, but rest assured you will be able to enjoy some peace and quiet as it is in a quiet yet accessible section in this district. Surrounded by many unique Japanese boutiques, restaurants, tourist attractions, as well as a 24-hour supermarket and convenience store, you will find everything you need at your convenience. Furthermore, the famous traditional Japanese restaurant “Chikae” is right in front of the apartment, so you will be able to enjoy the best seafood in Fukuoka right at your doorstep!
Address: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref. Price: from 57 USD
Access: 8-minute walk from Hakata Station
Feel at home even as you are travelling when you stay in the bedroom of Mr. Takanori’s apartment right in the heart of the city. There are plenty of convenience stores, restaurants and famous temples and shrines in the area waiting for you to explore. While the host may not be staying in the same apartment with you, do not worry if you need any assistance, for he is very responsive to your requests and will even send someone to pick you up at the station!
Mr Takanori’s apartment
Address: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 51 USD
Access: 3-minute walk from Hakata Station
Wish you could have a truly relaxing holiday by the beach to unwind from the hustles of city life? Then look no further, because Taro’s ocean-view apartment in Onga District is the perfect accommodation for you to unwind in! Soak in the calming ocean view right from the balcony. If that’s not refreshing enough, feel free to use the 2 free surf boards thoughtfully provided by Taro for some great surfing at the tranquil swimming beach just beside the apartment. In addition, there are other fun local outdoor activities to keep you entertained such as horse riding, scuba diving (summer only), fishing and cycling. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience in Fukuoka by staying here!
Taro’s ocean-view apartment
Address: 8th floor, 842-9 Yamaga, Ashiya, Onga District, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 46 USD
Access: 2-minute walk from Natsuigahama bus stop
Conveniently located about 5 minutes away from the famous traditional Kokura Castle that provides a stark contrast to the neighboring modern shopping and entertainment center is the stylish Chii’s apartment. Experience sleeping on the traditional Japanese futon mattress in the spacious room. It’s a real bargain for such a strategic location and helpful host!
Address: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 31 USD
Access: 1-minute walk from Nishi-kokura Station
Only opened in 2015, TangaTable is a chic hostel cum dining place designed for travellers to experience the hidden charms of Kitakyushu city. You can choose to stay in the dormitory where you get to interact with fellow travellers and share interesting finds about the city, or stay in the private rooms with your partners. All beds in the dormitory are separated by curtains so you are assured of your privacy and a peaceful night’s rest. In addition, you can have a filling breakfast at 500 JPY (about 5 USD) in the in-house dining hall which turns into a cool bar to chill at in the evening.
Address:1-1 Bashaku, Kokurakita Ward, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Pref.
Price: from 29 USD
Access: 10-minute walk from Kokura Station
Stay in style without burning a big hole in your wallet!
Japan may be a country with a general high cost of living, but if you do your research carefully, you will still be able to find worthy hotels and Airbnb apartments at reasonable prices in Fukuoka like those mentioned above! Just pick one that best suits your budget and holiday plans! Have a great stay in Fukuoka!
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