Fukuoka Travel Tips
How to get to Fukuoka from Tokyo
By Shinkansen (Nozomi trains)
One can catch a direct train from Tokyo to Fukuoka for approximately ¥23,000, one-way. The journey takes 5 hours, and there are 2 to 3 trains departing from Tokyo every hour.
By highway bus
An inter-city night bus is available at a cost of ¥11,000 – ¥20,000, one-way. Travel time is approximately 14.5 hours.
The Tokyo-Fukuoka route is one of the world’s busiest air routes with dozens of departures per day, and is operated by Japan Airlines (JAL), All Nippon Airways (ANA), and budget airlines. Flight duration is about 110 minutes. Most flights depart from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, but a few flights also depart from Narita Airport. Fukuoka Airport is Japan’s most easily accessible airport, and is just a five-minute subway ride from Hakata Station.
The regular one-way fare offered by JAL and ANA is around ¥45,000 but discount fares are typically available between ¥11,000 and ¥19,000. Starflyer Airlines is somewhat cheaper, with a regular one-way fare for around ¥39,000 yen and typical discount fares between ¥12,000 and ¥27,000. The cheapest options are available from the Skymark, Peach and JetStar Airways, with one-way fares between ¥6,000 and ¥30,000.
Fukuoka Airport’s international terminal is located in a separate building across the runway, and is connected to the domestic terminal by a free shuttle bus. Regular flights to Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore and several other countries depart from there.
Inner-city Public Transportation
- Tenjin is the busiest station in Fukuoka.
- The Shinkansen stops at Hakata Station.
- Fukuoka Airport is located very close to the city centre, and close to the stadium (1.9 km).
Prepaid Cards for Public Transport
Prepaid cards don’t offer any savings when compared to regular tickets, but it can be more convenient to use. There are three prepaid cards available in Fukuoka:
Sugoca smart card (operated by JR Kyushu);
nimoca smart card (Nishitetsu Railways); and the
Hayakaken smart card (Fukuoka Subways).
All of them can be used on trains, subways and buses in the greater Fukuoka region. However, seven other IC cards from other major cities of Japan, including the Suica Card, can also be used. Cards can be purchased through ticket machines at all railway and subway stations.
Fukuoka Tourist City Pass (for Public Transport)
This pass is for exclusive use by foreign tourists and is valid for one calendar day on virtually all trains and buses in Fukuoka, including the subway, and the JR and Nishitetsu railway lines. It also provides free or discounted admission to some tourist sights.
There are two options available: the ¥820 option is valid only in central Fukuoka, while the ¥1340 option includes the Nishitetsu train to nearby Dazaifu. These passes can be purchased from tourist information desks at Hakata Station and Fukuoka Airport, and at the ticket offices at the Hakata and Tenshin subway stations and bus terminals.
1-Day Subway Pass
A one-day pass is available for unlimited use of Fukuoka’s subway lines. The ticket costs ¥620 during the week and ¥520 on weekends and national holidays. These passes are available for sale via vending machines at all subway stations.
How to get to the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
From Fukuoka Airport
The stadium is located in Higashi Hirao Koen Park, which is an eight-minute shuttle-bus ride from Fukuoka Airport. Airport shuttles operate between 10:00 and 22:00 every day, and costs ¥160.
From JR Hakata station
When taking the subway from JR Hakata Station, get off at Fukuoka Kuko Station, and take the Nishitetsu bus to the Higashi-Hirao Koen-iriguchi stop. The venue is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.
From Tenjin station
When taking the subway from Tenjin Station, get off at Fukuoka Kuko Station, and take the Nishitetsu bus to the Higashi-Hirao Koen-iriguchi stop. The venue is a 5-minute walk from the bus stop.