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How to travel between Fukuoka and Tokyo

By shinkansen

Tokyo and Fukuoka (Hakata Station) are connected with each other by the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. The one way trip by direct Nozomi trains takes five hours and costs around 23,000 yen. Japan Rail Pass holders cannot use Nozomi trains, and have to ride Hikari and Sakura trains instead. This adds about one hour to the total travel time and requires a transfer of trains at Shin-Osaka Station.

By air

Tokyo-Fukuoka is one of the world's busiest air routes with dozens of departures per day, operated by JAL, ANA, Starflyer, Skymark, Peach and Jetstar Japan. Flight duration is about 110 minutes. Most flights use Tokyo's Haneda Airport, but a few flights also use Narita Airport. Fukuoka Airport is Japan's most easily accessible airport, only a five minute subway ride from the city's main railway station, Hakata Station.

The regular one way fare by JAL and ANA is around 45,000 yen, but discount fares are typically available for 11,000 to 19,000 yen. Starflyer is somewhat cheaper with a regular one way fare around 39,000 yen and typical discount fares around 9,000 to 27,000 yen. The cheapest options are Skymark, Peach and Jetstar Japan with one way fares of around 5,000 to 30,000 yen.

By bus

Nishitetsu operates a daily night bus between Fukuoka and Tokyo (Shinjuku Bus Terminal above JR Shinjuku Station). The one way journey takes 14.5 hours and costs between 9,000 and 23,000 yen depending on the seat quality and date of travel.

By ferry

Ocean Tokyu Ferry operates daily ferries between Tokyo (Tokyo Ferry Terminal on Odaiba) and Kitakyushu (Shin-Moji Port). The one way journey takes 34 hours and costs around 18,500 yen in the cheapest class. From Shin-Moji Port, there is a shuttle taxi to Moji Station (320 yen one way) from where Fukuoka can be reached in about 90 minutes and 1,500 yen by local trains or 35 minutes and 2,350 yen by local train and shinkansen via Kokura (unreserved seat; the cost for a reserved seat is over 1000 yen more expensive). Please visit our ferry page for more details.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Fukuoka is served by Japan Railways (JR), Nishitetsu Railways, three subway lines and a bus network. The city's main station is Hakata Station with direct connections to Honshu and across Kyushu, including Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Kagoshima.

The local railway company Nishitetsu is useful for visiting Dazaifu. Nishitetsu trains depart from Tenjin Station (also known as Nishitetsu Fukuoka Station) in the central entertainment and shopping district of Tenjin. Most city buses in Fukuoka are also operated by Nishitetsu.

The subway connects Hakata Station, Tenjin Station and Fukuoka Airport with each other and provides access to many of the city's tourist attractions. Fukuoka Airport is one of Japan's most centrally located airports, only a five minute subway ride from Hakata Station.

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.

Special Tickets

  • Prepaid Cards
    Prepaid cards provide no savings over regular tickets, but can be more convenient to use. There are three prepaid cards in Fukuoka: Sugoca (by JR Kyushu), Nimoca (by Nishitetsu Railways) and Hayakaken (by Fukuoka Subways), but all of them can be used on all trains, subways and buses in the greater Fukuoka region. Seven other IC cards from other major cities of Japan, including Suica, can also be used. The cards can be purchased through ticket machines at all railway and subway stations.
  • Fukuoka Tourist City Pass (1500 or 1820 yen)
    This pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists is valid on one calendar day on virtually all trains and buses in Fukuoka, including the subway, JR and Nishitetsu. In addition, it provides free or discounted admission to some tourist sights. The 1500 yen version is valid only in Fukuoka City, while the 1820 yen version also includes the Nishitetsu train to nearby Dazaifu. Sales locations include the tourist information desks at Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport, and the ticket offices of the Hakata and Tenshin subway stations and bus terminals.
  • 1-Day Subway Pass (640 yen)
    Unlimited use of Fukuoka's subway lines on one calendar day. The ticket costs 640 yen and is sold through vending machines at all subway stations.

Hotels around Fukuoka

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    • Hotel Great Morning
      Luxury
      Conveniently located in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, Hotel Great Morning is set 200 metres from Reisen Park, 200 metres from Tsunashiki Temman-gu Shrine and 400 metres from Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum. Among the facilities at this property are a concierge service and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, all rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. A continental breakfast is available every morning at Hotel Great Morning. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kawabata Shopping Arcade, Ryugu-ji Temple and Hakatamachiya Furusatokan Museum. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from Hotel Great Morning.
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    • Hostel TOKI
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring a shared lounge, Hostel TOKI is located in Fukuoka, 1.2 km from Shofuku-ji Temple. The property is situated 1.6 km from Tocho-ji Temple. Guests can make use of a bar. Rooms at the hostel also have free WiFi. Shower and toilet facilities are shared with other guests. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Kego Shrine is 2 km from Hostel TOKI. Fukuoka Airport is 3 km away.
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    • Yagura Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Yagura Hostel is set in Fukuoka, 2.2 km from Momochihama Beach and 1 km from Ohori Park. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star hostel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and luggage storage space for guests. All rooms in the hostel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms feature a safety deposit box. Yagura Hostel offers a sun terrace. The accommodation provides a laundry service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying. Popular points of interest near Yagura Hostel include Maizuru Park, Terumo Jinja Shrine and Fukuoka Castle. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 6 km from the hostel.
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    • A.T. Hotel Hakata
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in the centre of Fukuoka, A.T. Hotel Hakata provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and private parking. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Guests can use the hot tub, or enjoy city views. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a wardrobe and a TV. Guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near A.T. Hotel Hakata include Higashisumiyoshi Park, Otowa Park and Mizuho Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from the accommodation.
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    • TEN APARTMENT HOTEL
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Fukuoka, near Bic Camera Tenjin 2nd Store, The Shops and Imaizumi Park, TEN APARTMENT HOTEL features free WiFi. Fitted with a terrace, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet and slippers. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered in the kitchen, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Iwataya, Kego Park and Kego Shrine. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 5 km from TEN APARTMENT HOTEL.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi
      Mid-range
      Situated in Fukuoka, near Fujifilm Photo Salon Fukuoka, Ninjin Park and Sumiyoshi Shrine, GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave and fridge are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sugawara Shrine, Otowa Park and Meiji Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi.
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    • 善き羊飼いの舎
      Budget-friendly
      善き羊飼いの舎 offers accommodation in Fukuoka. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the rooms as well as in surrounding areas within the property. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is luggage storage space at the property. Shofuku-ji Temple is 4.3 km from 善き羊飼いの舎, while Tocho-ji Temple is 5 km from the property. Fukuoka Airport is 2 km away.
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    • THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier
      Luxury
      Ideally set in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier is situated 200 metres from Fujita Park, 500 metres from Mangyoji Temple and 500 metres from Kushida Shrine. Featuring a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Speaking Japanese and English, staff at the 24-hour front desk can help you plan your stay. Popular points of interest near THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier include Hakata Gion Yamakasa, Meiji Park and Zenshoji Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Marinoa Resort Fukuoka
      Luxury
      Looking over Hakata Bay and a yacht harbor, Hotel Marinoa Resort Fukuoka features spacious guest rooms with an ocean view, a relaxation spa and a stylish French restaurant. This hotel is located right next to Marinoa City Fukuoka outlet shopping mall. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Each room is fitted with a comfortable sofa and a balcony, and in-room facilities include a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. Some rooms feature a DVD player or a coffee machine. Guests can enjoy an ocean view from the balcony or while soaking in a bath. Two complimentary bottles of mineral water are provided daily. Fukuoka Marinoa Resort Hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, car rentals and laundry services. Drinks and snacks vending machines are available on site. Free parking is available. The hotel is a 40-minute bus ride from JR Hakata Shinkansen (bullet train) Station. Fukuoka Tower and Momochi Bayside Park can both be reached within a 15-minute bus ride. On-site Bleu Ciel restaurant serves original French dishes prepared with local seafood and other seasonal ingredients.
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    • HOTEL COCON
      Mid-range
      Located in Fukuoka, near Imaizumi Park, Bic Camera Tenjin 1st Store and Sumiyoshi Shrine, HOTEL COCON features free WiFi. Every unit features a private bathroom and bidet, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a microwave. A fridge and kettle are also provided. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sugawara Shrine, Bic Camera Tenjin 2nd Store and Kego Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from HOTEL COCON.
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