Fukuoka, the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture, sits on the northern shore of Japan’s Kyushu Island and is said to be the oldest city in Japan. It is known for ancient temples, sea walks and modern architecture; the ideal blend of old with new. Despite being an incredibly vibrant city, Fukuoka is still good value with a great range of inexpensive accommodation. With a modern and extensive subway, Fukuoka is quick and easy to get around and Fukuoka Airport is accessible in just a few minutes from downtown Fukuoka. Fukuoka is also a culinary hotspot with many people’s main reason for coming to Fukuoka simply to enjoy its’ food; Hakata Ramen is a speciality.
Fukuoka has a humid subtropical climate with hot humid summers and relatively mild winters. The rainy season (tsuyu) lasts for approximately six weeks through June and July. For the congress month, October, expect warm days with cooler nights and the likelihood of showers.
Currency and Credit Cards
The Japanese currency is the yen. Bills come in 1,000 yen, 2,000 yen, 5,000 yen and 10,000 yen denominations. Coins come in 1 yen, 5 yen, 10 yen, 50 yen, 100 yen and 500 yen denominations. Counterfeit money is not an issue in Japan. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
The voltage in Japan is 100 Volt. Plugs come in various versions, but most commonly they are non-polarized and ungrounded with two pins (flat).
Fukuoka Airport is located just 3km east of the centre of Fukuoka and one can get there in 5 minutes using the subway. The airport has two terminals, a domestic and an international terminal. The domestic terminal serves flights on almost every major Japanese carrier and budget airlines with with connections out to all corners of Japan. Meanwhile, Fukuoka Airport international terminal has regular flights to Korea, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and the Middle East and several other countries in the region too.
As of September 2019, Japan has an arrangement with 68 countries for visa exemption including Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. Otherwise, you need to obtain a visa before entering the country. Please contact your closest Japanese embassy or consulate outside Japan or an immigration bureau inside Japan for official advice. If you require an invitation letter in order to obtain a visa, please email email@example.com
The most widely spoken language in Japan is Japanese, which is separated into numerous dialects with Tokyo dialect considered standard Japanese. A growing number of people in cities would speak English. The official language of the 13th AOEC is English.
Fukuoka city has three subway lines and an efficient bus network. The city’s main station is Hakata located right in the heart of Fukuoka. The 100 Yen Bus is a convenient, frequently running bus line that loops through the city center between Hakata and Tenjin Stations, passing by Canal City and the food stalls of Nakasu Island. Buses run at least once every 10 minutes, and the fare is 100 yen per ride. For further information including tickets, please click here.
Japan’s time zone is in Japan Standard Time (JST) which is GMT +9 hours.