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How to travel between Fukuoka and Kyoto

By shinkansen

Kyoto and Fukuoka (Hakata Station) are connected with each other by the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. By direct Nozomi trains, the one way journey takes about three hours, while the journey by Hikari and Sakura trains takes about 30 minutes longer and requires a transfer of trains at Shin-Osaka or Okayama Station.

The regular one way fare from Kyoto to Fukuoka is 15,400 yen by non-reserved seat on any train, around 16,000 yen by reserved seat on Hikari and Sakura trains and around 16,500 yen by reserved seat on a Nozomi train. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Hikari and Sakura trains, but not on Nozomi trains.

By air

JAL, ANA, Peach and Jetstar Japan operate numerous flights per day between Osaka near Kyoto (Kansai Airport and Itami Airport) and Fukuoka. Flight time is about 75 minutes. The regular one way fare is around 26,000 yen by JAL and ANA; however, their discount tickets and the fares by Peach and Jetstar are typically available for around 4,000 to 15,000 yen. Fukuoka Airport is Japan's most easily accessible airport, as it can be reached in only five minutes by subway from Hakata Station.

By bus

Multiple companies, including Willer Express, operate overnight buses between Kyoto and Fukuoka. One way fares vary greatly based on travel date and bus type between around 4,000 and 10,000 yen. Online reservations can be made at Willer.

By ferry

Meimon Taiyo Ferry operates daily overnight ferries between nearby Osaka (Osaka Nanko Port) and Kitakyushu (Shin-Moji Port). The one way journey takes 12 hours and costs around 7,000 yen in the cheapest class. From Shin-Moji Port, there is a free shuttle bus to Kokura Station from where Fukuoka can be reached in about 70 minutes and for 1,310 yen by local trains or 15 minutes and 2,160 yen by shinkansen (unreserved seat; the cost for a reserved seat is over 1,000 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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    • 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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    • A.T. Hotel Hakata
      Mid-range
      Conveniently situated in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, A.T. Hotel Hakata is located 1.2 km from Higashisumiyoshi Park, 1.7 km from Otowa Park and 1.7 km from Mizuho Park. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Certain rooms include a kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and a stovetop. At the hotel guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. Popular points of interest near A.T. Hotel Hakata include Hie Park, Ninjin Park and Yodobashi Multimedia Hakata. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.
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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. The rooms come with a kettle, while some rooms also offer a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a stovetop. All guest rooms feature a wardrobe. A gluten-free 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, 9 km from Hotel Great Morning.
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    • Yagura Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Yagura Hostel is set in Fukuoka, 1 km from Ohori Park and 1.7 km from Nagahama Park. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with a kettle. All rooms include a safety deposit box, while selected rooms also offer a balcony. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. 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, 14 km from the guest house.
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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, 9 km from HOTEL COCON.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku
      Mid-range
      Located in Fukuoka, near Saiko-ji Temple, Genjuan Temple and Shofuku-ji Temple, GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku features free WiFi. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with hot tub, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave and fridge are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Shofuku-ji Temple, Hongaku-ji Temple and Junshin-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Gofuku.
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    • Miyako Hotel Hakata
      Luxury
      Open from September 2019, only 150 metres from JR Hakata Train Station, Miyako Hotel Hakata offers stylish rooms with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The famous Nanzoin Temple is a 30-minute train ride away. The air-conditioned rooms at Miyako Hotel Hakata come with pyjamas and slippers. Guests can relax in the bathtub or watch a pay TV programme. Miyako Hotel Hakata is a 3-minute walk from the popular electronic megastore Yodobashi Hakata, and it is a 15-minute walk from Tocho-ji Temple. The Tenjin area is a 5-minute subway ride from nearby Hakata Station, and Fukuoka Airport is just a 5-minute subway ride away. Fukuoka Castle is 5.5 km away, and the lively Nakasu area is 2.5 km from the property. A bar and cafe lounge are also on site.
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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. With 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. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. Non-stop advice is available at the reception, where staff speak English and Japanese. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Hakata Gion Yamakasa, Meiji Park and Zenshoji Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 8 km from THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier.
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    • LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka
      Mid-range
      Conveniently located in the Tenjin district of Fukuoka, LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka is set 200 metres from The Shops, 300 metres from Iwataya and 300 metres from Bic Camera Tenjin 2nd Store. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Imaizumi Park, Solaria Stage and Bic Camera Tenjin 1st Store. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Kego Park, Solaria Plaza and Kego Shrine. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 5 km from LAMP LIGHT BOOKS HOTEL fukuoka.
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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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