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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.

To reach the row of stalls on Nakasu Island travelers can take the convenient 100 yen loop bus from Hakata Station or Tenjin Station (100 yen, departures every 5-10 minutes). The closest subway stations are Nakasu Kawabata Station and Minami Tenjin Station, which are both about a 10 minute walk away.

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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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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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