How to travel between Fukuoka and Tokyo
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.
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.
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 10,000 and 20,000 yen depending on the seat quality and season. Discounted round trip tickets are also available.
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.
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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.
- 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.