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Fukuoka's open air food stands (屋台, Yatai) are possibly the city's best known symbol. Yatai can generally seat about seven or eight people and provide an atmospheric outdoor environment to enjoy various foods that are generally simple and filling. There are dozens of yatai scattered across Fukuoka, but the best place to find them is on the southern end of Nakasu Island. Located in the middle of the city, Nakasu Island has a long row of around 20 yatai that are attractively situated along the water.

Typical dishes enjoyed at yatai are grilled chicken skewers (yakitori), hot pot (oden) and most famously Hakata Ramen, a local noodle dish featuring relatively thin ramen noodles in a pork bone based soup (tonkotsu). Various alcoholic drinks are also available, and help make the yatai a great place to get in touch with the locals, although many of the "locals" happen to be Japanese tourists visiting Fukuoka from other parts of Japan.

Yatai are typically open from around 6pm to around 2am, except when the weather is very bad. Many stands close one day of the week. The closure day varies from stand to stand, but is often Sunday. There can be waiting times for popular stands, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

Getting there and around

Yatai are located throughout the city center, and visitors will likely come across some while walking through busy tourist areas in the evening.

The row of stalls on Nakasu Island is a short walk from Kushida Shrine Station along the Nanakuma Subway Line (1 minute, 210 yen from Hakata Station).

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      Conveniently located in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, Hotel Great Morning is set 200 metres from Tsunashiki Temman-gu Shrine, 400 metres from Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum and 400 metres from Kawabata Shopping Arcade. This 4-star hotel offers a concierge service, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The property is 3.5 km from the city centre and 400 metres from Reisen Park. 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 will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near Hotel Great Morning include Ryugu-ji Temple, Hakatamachiya Furusatokan Museum and Zendo-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from the accommodation.
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    • Miyako Hotel Hakata
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      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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    • A.T. Hotel Hakata
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      Conveniently situated in the centre of Fukuoka, A.T. Hotel Hakata is within 1.2 km of Higashisumiyoshi Park and 1.8 km of Otowa Park. The property is around 1.9 km from Konko Church - Minami Ward, 2.1 km from Kamimuta Park and 2.1 km from Nakahie Park. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, each room is equipped with a wardrobe. Certain rooms include a kitchen with a fridge, a microwave and a stovetop. A.T. Hotel Hakata offers 3-star accommodation with a hot tub and terrace. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Mizuho Park, Ninjin Park and Hie Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 2 km from A.T. Hotel Hakata.
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    • Hotel Marinoa Resort Fukuoka
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      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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    • Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Fukuoka
      Luxury
      Only a 3-minute walk from Tenjin Subway Station and offering direct access to it, Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel Fukuoka provides Western-style accommodations and free WiFi access. The air-conditioned rooms feature carpeted floors, a flat-screen satellite TV and a air purifier. A fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included in each. Room wears are provided for all guests, while the en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Services such as dry cleaning and currency exchange are provided at the 24-hour front desk. Hotel Nishitetsu Solaria is a 10-minute drive from Ohori Park and JR Hakata Train Station. Canal City Hakata is a 5-minute drive away and Fukuoka Airport is a 15-minute drive away.
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    • THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier
      Luxury
      Situated in Fukuoka, 100 metres from Fujita Park, THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier features accommodation with a restaurant and private parking. This 4-star hotel offers luggage storage space. The hotel has a sauna, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Kushida Shrine, Hakata Gion Yamakasa and Sugawara Shrine. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from THE BLOSSOM HAKATA Premier.
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    • Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata Gion Kushida Shrine
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      Conveniently located in the centre of Fukuoka, Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata Gion Kushida Shrine offers air-conditioned rooms, a terrace and a restaurant. This 4-star hotel offers luggage storage space. Private parking is available on site. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Every room includes a kettle, while selected rooms also offer a kitchenette with a microwave. At Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata Gion Kushida Shrine all rooms include bed linen and towels. Speaking English, Japanese and Korean at the reception, staff are always on hand to help. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kushida Shrine, Hakata Gion Yamakasa and Fujita Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata Gion Kushida Shrine.
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    • Guest House Nakaima
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      Conveniently located 5 minutes away on foot from Gion Station, Guest House Nakaima is located in Hakata District of Fukuoka. Free WiFi is available in all guest rooms. Touchouji Temple is 500 m from Guest House Nakaima. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 4 km from Guest House Nakaima.
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    • GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi
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      Attractively set in the Hakata Ward district of Fukuoka, GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi is situated less than 1 km from Ninjin Park, a 10-minute walk from Sugawara Shrine and less than 1 km from Higashisumiyoshi Park. With free WiFi, this 3-star aparthotel offers a lift and full-day security. The property is 600 metres from Fujifilm Photo Salon Fukuoka, and within 2.5 km of the city centre. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bath, slippers and a hair dryer. There is also a microwave, fridge and a kettle. All units in the aparthotel are fitted with free toiletries and a smartphone. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sumiyoshi Shrine, Otowa Park and Meiji Park. The nearest airport is Fukuoka Airport, 3 km from GRAND BASE Hakata Sumiyoshi.
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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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